Series / The Amanda Show
Amanda, please!

The Amanda Show was an All That Spin-Off starring Amanda Bynes that ran from 1999 to 2002. It was a sketch comedy created by Dan Schneider, starring Amanda and helped to build the careers of Drake Bell and Josh Peck. A Running Gag revolved around a super fan of the show Penelope Taint constantly trying to break into the studio to meet Amanda. As Penelope was played by Amanda herself, you can guess how successful she was.

The show's Amanda Please website - designed in-universe by Penelope - notably stayed on the web for nearly 15 years, even after the show was long since cancelled, but it was sadly taken off in 2015 as part of a rehaul of Nickelodeon's website. Thankfully, that's why we have the Wayback Machine.

Tropes used by The Amanda Show:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite frequently getting hit on the head by the subject of whatever Knock-Knock joke that his sister, Lula is telling, Eenis will usually tell her that it's still a good joke.
  • Adults Are Useless: It's a kids' show. It's a Dan Schneider kids' show. It's expected.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Penelope borders on being a Stalker with a Crush in how she obsesses over every aspect of Amanda, but she finds a boyfriend in Trevor (who still incorporates Penelope's obsession into their relationship).
  • Animated Credits Opening: Each episode of the first season began with a cartoon in which Amanda grows dissatisfied with current TV programming (which differed with every episode), 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.
  • Art Shift: A bizarre recurring claymation sketch.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": All of the Blockblister movies.
  • Birds of a Feather: Mutual Brainless Beauties Kyle and Debbie hooked up in one sketch.
  • Bland-Name Product: Lampshaded in the Blockblister sketches - where the video store sold knock-offs of famous movies.
  • Brainless Beauty: Debbie of The Girl's Room. And Kyle of Totally Kyle.
  • 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!
  • Butt-Monkey: Mr. Gullible, Mr. Oldman, Misty, Penelope, Eenis, the hosts of the Dare Show, the Klutzes and the Lucklesses.
  • The Cameo: Josh Server and Kenan Thompson show up at the beginning of the first episode, to wish Amanda good luck with her new show.
    • Maureen McCormick in Moody's Point as Moody's mom, who's stuck in a runaway hot air balloon.
  • Cargo Envy: "I could have been a wall to be leaned upon by Amanda, BUT NO! I HAD TO BE PENELOPE!"
  • Catchphrase:
    Debbie: I like eggs!
    Papa: This movie better!
    Blockblister Kids: Much better!
    Mr. Oldman: You have the wrong number!!!
    Penelope: I am Penelope Taint, Amanda's number one fan, please!
    Misty: You're so hurtful!
    Misty: What's that supposed to mean?!
    • Penelope also has "I MUST meet Amanda!" and "I have my own Amanda website you know:!"
      • Less obviously, she repeats "You're wasting my life!" and "Why do it?" a lot.
  • The Chew Toy: A whole family of them, the Lucklesses.
  • Chez Restaurant: Chez Klutz.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Several characters throughout the sketches, but Debbie from "The Girls' Room" takes it Up to 11.
  • 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.
  • Corpsing: In one of the "Totally Kyle" skits, in which Kyle (Drake Bell) talks about the time a spider landed on his face, Drake noticeably cracks up when he says, "So I was all, "AHH! SPIDER!", and the spider was all, "AHH! KYLE!"
  • 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.
    • Andrew Hill Newman (one of the writers on the show) played Mr. Gullible in Season 2.
  • 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.
  • Designated Heroinvoked: Ask the Procrastinator to solve a crisis, and she'll do so...eventually!
  • The Ditz:
    • Kyle from the "Totally Kyle" sketches whose stories didn't even have much substance.
    • 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."
  • Dumb Blonde: Kyle of "Totally Kyle" is a big ditz with long blonde hair.
  • Extraverted Nerd: Penelope Taynt in The Amanda Show, please. Also a stalker, who may or may not have been a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Everybody Has Standards: Judge Trudy, who is known for her Kangaroo Court, has a three word rebuttal when Tony Pajamas's asks about how hard he'd be punished for stealing a kid's bicycle
    You disgust me
  • 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!"
    • The kid saying "Holy spit!" in the Super Spitballer 5000 commercial.
    • The Pedestrian Airbag sketch ends with a brief promo for the "Inflatable Friend".
    • On "When School Mascots Attack" an attacked (and desperate) Bride says she lost her man since the doomed wedding and says if there are any men...she's "very flexible".
  • Girl Posse: The hosts of "The Girls' Room:" Amber, Tammy, Sheila, and Debbie.
  • Hanging Judge: Judge Trudy.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: Crazy Courtney is revealed to have a very handsome boyfriend that adores her and has similar personality traits.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In a Blockblister sketch, one overweight woman complained about the exercise video she rented. The video showed the 2 kids simply sitting on chairs repeating over and over "Sit up! and "Lie down!" while eating a pepperoni pizza. After the video ends, the kids fat shame her.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: A lot of the Dooper sketches involve this.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Tony Pajamas Pa-JAH-mus.
  • It Tastes Like Feet: All of the disgusting foods at the Dooper restaurants.
  • Jumping Out of a Cake: In the "Girl's Room" sketch for Amber's birthday, Josh plays a firefighter who does this. He then attempts a toned-down striptease for Amber but just gets a swirlie.
  • Kangaroo Court: No matter how clearly guilty the kids are, how the kids will readily admit to the crime, or how disproportionately light the punishments they're suing the adults over was compared to their crime, Trudy will always rule in favor 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.
  • Made from Real Girl Scouts: Weenie Dooper has two instances: a footlong hot dog (made with meat from an actual human foot) and a veggie dog (made with real veggies... and real dog).
  • Manipulative Bitch: Crazy Courtney, who tends to play up her annoying and gross habits as a means to an end—for example, in one sketch she torments a kid sitting next to her in a movie theater until he runs which point she calls up her boyfriend so that he can sit in said kid's seat with her.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The protagonist of Moody's Point is named "Moody". Her emotions frequently shift and she's usually melancholy.
    • There is also Mr. Oldman who is well, a cranky old man!
    • And there's the recurring families with last names that match their personalities - The Simians (who are half-ape), The Lucklesses (who have terrible luck), The Extremes (who overreact to everything), The Klutzes (who are inhumanly clumsy) and The Literals (who take everything literally).
    • And don't forget Mr. Gullible.
  • Missed Her By That Much: When Penelope finally relents and go to make Preston a sandwich, Amanda walks by where she was standing.
  • 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".
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Sharon and Toby of "The Dare Show" refuse disguisting, painful, or humiliating dares until the darer starts calling them chicken, coward, yellow belly, etc- then they do it just to prove they aren't, and immediately regret it. Their mom is the same.
  • 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, 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 parked car in Oklahoma, etc.) wins the prize. The latter ultimately goes Off the Rails when the two remaining contestants (Judge Trudy and the Bailiff) realize 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: This 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:
  • Ridiculously Long Phone Number: In the When _______s Attack segment; the number is "1 (500) I-Just-Saw-_______s-Attack-Some-Person-and-Now-I'm-Calling-This-Number-to-Report-What-I-Saw"
  • Rule of Cute: "Mammal-Os", a parody commercial about a cereal with a prize in every box. What is the prize, you may ask? A live baby mammal. It's as adorable (and hilarious) as it sounds.
  • Running Gag: Many, but the dancing lobsters is one and for some reason jokes about eggs (common especially with Debbie).
  • Satiating Sandwich: Preston sure thinks so.
  • Serious Business: The clerk from the video store in one of 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.
    • One of the opening sketches had Amanda reading a fan letter.
    Amanda: Dear Amanda...
    Amanda: Wrong show, guys.
  • Sit Comic: Amanda Bynes.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: The female characters get plenty of slapstick dished their way. A girl even gets punched in the face for comedy in The Literals sketch.
  • 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 one of Nickelodeon's most successful live-action shows, Drake & Josh, was created as a vehicle for two of The Amanda Show's stars, Drake Bell and Josh Peck. The Amanda Show itself is also a spin-off, of All That.
  • 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".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Penelope with the son of the set's security guard. He's a trainee for his dad so his job is to keep Penelope out, but the two fall in love when they discover one thing they have in common: They both love Amanda.
  • 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!
  • Super Gullible: Whenever someone tells Mr. Gullible the substitute teacher an obvious lie, he would ask them "Really?" and then he will believe the lie as long as everyone who's in on the lie agrees it's true.
  • 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 blonde and pretty bride and her neanderthal-esque groom...
  • 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???????
  • Wham Line: Played for Laughs in "A Poem by Mother Caboose", wherein Mother Caboose's poem gets a sudden shift in mood from "Tastes Like Diabetes" to "Refuge in Audacity" with just one line.
    Mother Caboose: She lived by the shore in a quaint little hut,
    With a smile on her face and a SORE ON HER BUTT.
  • 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.

"Court dismissed! Break out the dancing lobsters!"