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.
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 Him By That Much: When Penelope finally relents and go to make him a sandwich, Amanda walks by where she was standing.
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.
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.
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."
Taran Killam (like Kenan Thompson on All That) got his start in sketch comedy with this show before moving to sketch comedy shows that wouldn't be considered "kid-friendly" (i.e., MA Dtvnote where he was the youngest cast member at only 19 years old and Saturday Night Livenote where he's one in a handful of cast members born after SNL's 1975 premiere, is the second cast member to get his start on a kids' show, and is one of three castmembers to be a husband and father, joining Bill Hader and new feature player, Tim Robinson Killam appeared in the "Moody's Point" sketches.
As stated before, this is the show where Josh Peck and Drake Bell got their start before they landed their own kidcom.
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 theyre sueing the adults over was compared to their crime, Trudy will always rule in favour of the kids and sentence the adults.
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.
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.
Screwed by the Network: For whatever reason, the show got canceled even though it was popular. In Dan Schneider's own words:
The Amanda Show got canceled. It was one of the stranger moments in my career as a writer/producer. At the time, The Amanda Show was the most popular show on Nickelodeon. Yet after only 41 episodes, the network pulled the plug. It was a surprising move. I've never learned exactly why The Amanda Show was canceled. I think it had to do with certain people wanting to take Amanda away from Nickelodeon to the WB so she could star in What I Like About You (another TV show I created). But I didn't want The Amanda Show to end. I felt we should have done at least 20 more episodes.
Serious Business: The clerk from the video store in the "Moody's Point" sketch, who becomes angered if a video has not been rewined 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.
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".
Strange Girl: Also Nerd, Courtney the crazy girl annoys everyone with her bizarre antics.
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".