The Amanda Show

Common Sense Media says

Variety show cast claws for cheap laughs.

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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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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?

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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
Network:Nickelodeon
Genre:Variety Show
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byChuck Reid March 16, 2012
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9
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This is a funny sitcom!

Its like a mix of All That and ICarly.Its a funny sketch show like All That and the host is a girl like ICarly.This show is REALLY funny.
Kid, 10 years old March 8, 2013
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2
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Really Good

It is an amazing show with funny skits. It is appropriate and balances races somebody had said there are only whites NO! In the girls room skit there is a girl. If you say it's boring you probably are boring or have no sense of humor. It is a wonderful show for children. Have you see the shows on television today dancing,kissing,revealing outfits!
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Adult Written byhamstergurl09 September 19, 2012
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Classic

I LOVED this show as a kid. While the gags tend to be juvenile, you can't deny that this show easily made you laugh out loud. This is perfect for tweens. For teenagers and even some people in their early twenties there's a major nostalgia factor with this show as well (I'm fifteen, for the record, my profile says otherwise). I also think that for young women and aspiring comedians, Amanda Bynes at this age (not so much now, but AT THIS AGE) was a very positive roll model. A lot of people have the belief that women or kids can't be funny, but Amanda and the rest of the cast proved that wrong.

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