The Amanda Show

Common Sense Media says

Variety show cast claws for cheap laughs.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some racial stereotypes. Disrespect of elders and making fun of people with accents is also disconcerting. Amanda's behavior is not exemplary.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon violence is extreme. People are hit in the head with anything available (computers, chairs, baseballs etc.). Some extreme anger and lots of yelling can be scary for younger viewers.

Sexy stuff

Some skits refer to nudity without sexual context.


Words like "butt" and "pee" are commonly used. Using these words for gross-out effects, or to offend other cast-members, is also common.


Lots of pizza consumption and emphasis on nice clothes, but nothing too pointed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is a "stoner" character, who might be that way naturally, but it's not to tough to figure out why he acts stoned all the time.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show is mired in violent cartoon humor, questionable social behavior (including stereotypes), and strange gross-out punchlines that dilute the appeal of star Amanda Bynes. Kids will find this show very stimulating, though whether they're agitated or amused after watching it is something to observe.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Amanda Bynes (who also stars in What I Like About You) headlines her own comedy variety show composed of skits like "Judge Trudy," a skewering caricature of the infamously sharp Judge Judy of daytime TV; "Moody's Point," a parody of teen dramas like Dawson's Creek; and various commercial spoofs.

Is it any good?


Violence has a deeply rooted history in slapstick comedy -- The Three Stooges made it into an art form back in the 1940s. But for young viewers, violence like that found in THE AMANDA SHOW is disturbing precisely because it is the point of the skit, rather than a side note. This is certainly not a show to relax with, as it is so chaotic and loud that the effect is unsettling.

Some questions that are raised here have to do with desperation and parody. There is a sense in the show that nothing is sacred and nobody is safe from being ridiculed or being subjected to play violence. For adults this may be appropriate, but for young audiences, it's hard to know what is acceptable and what is off-color. What will people do for a laugh? What do we gain or lose when people are made fun of or hurt for laughter's sake? Is extreme anger funny or scary? How does it feel to watch family members yell and scream, even when it is supposed to be funny? The Amanda Show treats these issues as non-issues, which is exactly why parents should take the time to view this show with their kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between being funny and being crude. Can a joke be successful without disrespecting the participants? Does hitting someone in the head with a computer console make for good laughs? How does it feel when someone makes fun of another person's accent or cultural background?

TV details

Cast:Adam Brody, Amanda Bynes, Drake Bell, Raquel Lee
Genre:Variety Show
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 7 years old August 7, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written byibarncat November 18, 2011

Varitey show cast has cheap but worthwhile laughs.

While maybe not quite as good as its predeccsors, All That and You Can't Do That On Television, The Amanda Show is a pretty funny take on Nick's now long-gone appreciation of sketch comedy. Many of its skits are really funny, and some of them are parodies of things that exist in real life, such as So You Wanna Win Five Dollars, that skit where six people were stuck in a car, The Girls' Room, and the much-remembered Judge Trudy. But the two funniest parts of the show are Totally Kyle, where this popular but clueless teenager played by Drake Bell tells of regular events in his life in a way that is excessively stretched out so that it is highly funny, and Penelope Taint, the girl who was such a fan of Amanda that she made her own Amanda website and makes an attempt in every episode to meet Amanda, even if it means doing something risky, such as stealing one of the letters of the show's sign. And these plans never succeed but almost do, which makes them even funnier. And she also used the word please so much that she said it at times that contextually made no sense. Essentially, those of us who grew up on it should still find it generally funny, and parents should not be afraid to let today's kids occasionally watch it on TeenNick, because let's be honest: there is nothing that people take less seriously than a sketch comedy.
Kid, 11 years old March 26, 2011

iffy for 12?! where's the ankle bracelet common sense?



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