Series: The Amanda Show

The Amanda Show was an All That Spin-Off starring Amanda Bynes that ran from 1999 to 2002. It was a sketch comedy directed by Dan Schneider, starring Amanda and helped to build the careers of Drake Bell and Josh Peck. It also had a tie-in Web site.

Tropes used by The Amanda Show:

  • Adults Are Useless: It's a kids' show.
  • Alpha Bitch: Amber of The Girls Room is this, as when she found out that she didn't win prom queen, she had the girl who did win get a swirly.
    • Her rival Danielle Spencer is also this.
  • Animated Credits Opening: Each episode of the first season began with a cartoon in which Amanda grows dissatisfied with current TV programming, so she goes to Nickelodeon Studios to start her own show.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Penelope is sometimes joined by her younger brother, Preston, who usually bugs her to make him a sandwich.
    • Missed Her By That Much: When Penelope finally relents and go to make him a sandwich, Amanda walks by where she was standing.
  • Art Shift: A bizarre recurring claymation sketch.
  • Bad Bad Acting: All of the Blockblister movies.
  • Bland-Name Product: Lampshaded.
  • Brainless Beauty / Cloudcuckoolander: Debbie of The Girl's Room.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Implied several times, but here takes the cake in "Stranded" where Eenis is a contestant:
    (to Amber): Gosh, you're purtier than my sister!
    • Also funny when you realize Amanda played both characters.
  • Cargo Envy: "I could have been a wall to be leaned upon by Amanda, BUT NO! I HAD TO BE PENELOPE!"
  • Casting Gag: As an Actor Allusion. The actor who plays the "little crazy hat man", who lives in a hat designed to distract from big hairy moles on people's faces, also plays Lewbert.
  • Catchphrase:
    Debbie: I like eggs!
    Papa: This movie better!
    Blockblister Kids: Much better!
    Mr. Oldman: You have the wrong number!!!
    Penelope: Amanda, please!
    Misty: You're so hurtful!
  • The Chew Toy: A whole family of them, the Lucklesses.
  • Chez Restaurant: Chez Klutz.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: In the opening Amanda greets the actors she is hiring by ripping their clothes off and forcing their costumes on them.
  • Comically Small Bribe: The security guard won't let a person in for a sack of diamonds, but he will for a slice of pizza.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: This occurred at the end of every "Judge Trudy" skit, when Trudy would rule in favor of the child plaintiff and sentence the hapless adult defendant to something odd, which the bailiff would immediately carry out.
  • Couch Gag: The clips that appeared on Amanda's television during the first season's intro varied per episode.
  • Creator Cameo: Dan Schneider plays in a recurring skit as Mr. Oldman, a grumpy elderly who is constantly prank-called.
  • Creepy Doll: Rock-A-Bye Ralph, a scary doll who laughs in a creepy high-pitched voice. The little girl is so scared of it she feeds it to her dog, his voice continues giggling inside the dog's stomach.
  • Dead Line News: The segment called When ______s Attack (sometimes hula girls, The Brady Bunch, etc) They would watch the clips of people being attacked and then at the end the subject would attack the newscaster.
  • Deep South: Eenis and Lulu Mae of Hillbilly Moment. And Tammy, the 'foreign' exchange student from Tennessee.
  • Deranged Animation: The aforemention claymation skits during Season 1.
  • The Ditz: Also Debbie, but the substitute teacher Mr. Gullible.
  • Dope Slap: Several episodes feature skits involving pseudo-mobster Tony Pajamas (Drake Bell) and his lacky, Paulie (Josh Peck), would frequently say or do something stupid, get hit and ask, "What was that for?!" To which Tony would reply, "For bein' an idiot!" which Paulie would accept with an "Okay."
  • Extraverted Nerd: Penelope Taynt in The Amanda Show, please. Also a stalker, who may or may not have been a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Played for Laughs in Moody's Point.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Penelope's attempts to meet Amanda.
  • Favoritism Flip Flop: Parodied on "Moody's Point".
  • Firemen Are Hot: As Amber remarks in "The Girl's Room".
  • Funny Foreigner: Gnocchi, Blini, and Biscotti of the Blockblister sketches.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After stealing the A from the Amanda Show logo, Penelope says "I'd better get my A out of here!"
  • Girl Posse: The hosts of "The Girls' Room:" Amber, Tammy, Sheila, and Debbie.
  • Hanging Judge: Judge Trudy.
    • As stated before, this is the show where Josh Peck and Drake Bell got their start before they landed their own kidcom.
    • The girl with the mole in the "Little Crazy Hat Man" commercial also provided the voice of Helga Pataki, and the Little Crazy Hat Man himself became Lewbert.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Tony Pajamas Pa-JAH-mus.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: All of the disgusting foods at the Dooper restaurants.
  • Kangaroo Court: No matter how clearly guilty the kids are, how the kids will readily admit to the crime, or how disproptionatly light the punishments they're sueing the adults over was compared to their crime, Trudy will always rule in favour of the kids and sentence the adults.
  • Kavorka Girl: Crazy Courtney. She's crude, gross, loud, uncouth, childish, homely, dresses Grandma-like, and tends to use terms like "Ma Ha!" when she's not driving someone nuts. She's also very popular amongst her peers and in one sketch, has a handsome boyfriend.
  • Literal-Minded: The family of Meet the Literals sketch.
  • Loony Fan: Penelope Taynt, Amanda's number one fan, please.
  • The Mockbuster: All of Blockblister's movies are low-budget knockoffs of actual movies which their staff always claim to be "MUCH BETTER!!" Carrying such awful titles as "George in The Jungle", "Austin Powders", "Stuart Lipple", "The F-Men", and "The Wizard of Voz"
  • Once an Episode: After the intro, Amanda would greet her audience by exclaiming, "My name's Amanda," then sharing a random, usually made-up fact about herself. Amanda also closed each episode by saying, "Okay, that's our show!" and informing the viewers she "gotta go" do something random and ridiculous.
  • Parental Bonus: The father and son in the "Wrestleburgs" sketch were modeled after wrestlers Goldust and The Blue Blazer, respectively.
  • Parody: Many of the sketches, such as Judge Trudy,[[Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? So You Want To Win Five Dollars]], etc. There's one Survivor parody called Stranded, which is a good example. The last one to leave the set location (a bathtub in North Dakota, a parking lot in Oklahoma, etc.) wins the prize.
    • Subverted in one sketch of that, where Judge Trudy and the Bailiff are the last two people in the car they're stranded in. Then the Bailiff notices that the keys are in the ignition and they've got a million dollars in the trunk.
    Trudy: I'm thinkin' Vegas?
    Bailiff: Hit it, Judge!
  • Parody Commercial: The Amanda Show loves this trope. Popper Pants, The Boost... cereal with baby animals in every box...
  • Poorly Disguised Pilot: One episode consisted entirely of Moody's Point sketches, apparently to set up a spin-off starring Moody.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The theme is simply the Wizard Peak theme from Spyro the Dragon, but With Lyrics. Both the game and this show were composed by Stewart Copeland of The Police.
    • Moody's Point used "For All I Am" by Lisasmith.
  • Ridiculously Long Phone Number: In the When _______s Attack segment.
  • Running Gag: Many, but the dancing lobsters is one and for some reason jokes about eggs.
  • Satiating Sandwich: Preston sure thinks so.
  • Serious Business: The clerk from the video store in the "Moody's Point" sketch, who becomes angered if a video has not been rewound or returned on time.
    Clerk: This tape hasn't been rewound.
    Customer: So, I forgot.
    Clerk: What if you forgot to breathe? Then you'd be dead.
  • Shout-Out: Crazy Courtney was watching an episode of Sniz & Fondue, a sketch on another Nick sketch comedy.
  • Sit Comic: Amanda Bynes.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The "Blockblister" people, who insist that their Stylistic Suck "movies" are better! Much better!
  • Soap Within a Show: "Moody's Point", the hilarious over-the-top teen soap opera parody.
  • Spin-Off: Not directly, but two of Nickelodeon's most successful live-action shows - Drake & Josh and Zoey101 - were created as vehicles for three of The Amanda Show's stars, Drake Bell, Josh Peck and Jaime Lynn Spears. What's particularly notable is that those two shows later spawned two other highly successful Nickelodeon shows the same exact way - iCarly and Victorious.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Actually more of a Spotlight Stealing Skit. When Moody's Point was added, the episodes basically consisted of one sketch...then the rest of the episode dedicated to Moody's Point, with maybe a short sketch like Mr. Oldman put in if the episode didn't run long enough. Granted, it was pretty funny and very well written; but it seemed almost like the episodes were centered around "Moody's Point".
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: An example of this, when a boy in a classroom full of superpowered kids had the power of super rhyming.
    Teacher: All right, get out of class!
    Student: Oh no, my dad's gonna kick my--
    Teacher: Be quiet!
  • Surfer Dude: Kyle of Totally Kyle.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not so much any main characters, but in the song Melody and Thad sing offensively to the new bride and groom...
    • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Crazy Courtney is revealed to have a very handsome boyfriend that adores her and has similar personality traits.
  • The Unreveal: We never found out who the real Moody was... because the show got Screwed by the Network, and Schneider never got a chance to think about who it would be.
  • Verbal Tic: Penelope Taynt says hers the most, but some other characters have one.
    Email #1: "WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SAY PLEASE??????????"
    Penelope: I am asked this question a lot, please. My parents taught me to say please when you want something, and what I want is to meet Amanda, please. Why do YOU use so many question marks, please???????
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Inverted on The Amanda Show: When the girls in the "The Girls' Room" sketch have to broadcast from the boys' room, their Cloudcuckoolander is intrigued by the "waterfall machines".
  • Wrestling Family: The Wrestleburgs.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Penelope, whenever she would get close to meeting Amanda.
  • You Can Say That Again: A Running Gag with The Literals.