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Set in suburban Flatpoint, USA, Strangers with Candy twisted the conventions of the After-School Special to create a completely original comedy series. Each half hour follows the misadventures of Jerri Blank, a 46 year old high school dropout who has spent the last 32 years in and out of prison - a self described "boozer, user and loser." Strangers with Candy commences as Jerri decides to pick up her life exactly where she left it: living at home and starting ninth grade. Faced with classic high school dilemmas every week, Jerri's old habits - as well as the misguided advice of her self-centered teachers - cause her to resolve each crisis by learning the wrong lesson from every scenario.
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She joined a cult, battled anorexia, beat sexual harassers at their own game, got fake-married, and so much more. Ever since the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy first aired, Jerri Blank has seemed fated for humiliation, disease, and a boxed set--here, her ultimate destiny is finally fulfilled.
In creating Jerri, the 46-year-old high school freshman, Amy Sedaris and her co-stars/co-writers Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert imagined a person who is both startlingly crass and strangely innocent. One minute Jerri is uttering the immortal line "I like the pole and the hole"--the next she's only interested in "pizza, pizza, pizza," and joining the cheerleading squad. Her world view is completely unaffected by her 32 years as a "junkie whore." It won't take a rabid SWC fan--just a lover of wicked satire--to appreciate this trapper-keeper-shaped package and the After School Special-based stories inside. Some of the bonus features, including an interview with the stars at the Museum of Television & Radio, will be familiar to folks who have previous, single-season DVDs. However, certain new additions, such as "The Trip Back" PSA, which stars a real-life Jerri clone, make this set a worth-owning item. Other highlights include deleted scenes--one of which features an inspirational meeting between Jerri and Buddha Stalin, Flatpoint's most controversial rock star. A clever film strip by closeted lovers Chuck Noblet and Geoffrey Jellineck on their "research trip" to Mexico also draws chuckles. Over 30 episodes, the jokes do become a touch repetitive, but the series never loses its energy or sharp wit. If you're looking for a show that will teach you how to do the wrong things the right way, the Strangers with Candy boxed set has the lesson plan for you. --Leah Weathersby
The funniest phuqqing thing you've ever watched about a high school. Stephen Colbert is funny as HELL in this!!Published 24 days ago by George Comeaux
Might be good if you're a stoner but otherwise it's rubbish. Makes me question some of my friendships and their taste haPublished 1 month ago by cookie monster
Some disks stall and won't play. Only version available, though.Published 2 months ago by Blockflote 4'
I love the series, glad I found it on Amazon. Only negative feedback is that is freezes at certain points on the dvdPublished 4 months ago by Peri Anderson
Not a series intended for everyone. All the actors go beyond quirky - and the plots are outrageous. But the silliness of Amy Sedaris and Steven Colbert can't be beat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I see the humor but this one wasn't for me. Sent to my sister who loves it.Published 5 months ago by Rhina1127
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Perhaps as a gift?
Apr 6, 2006 by C. Goodrum | See all 3 posts
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this is from jerriblank.com
6/27/06 - "Strangers With Candy": The Complete Series on DVD is made available by Paramount. Pre-order it from amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or DVDPlanet. According to TVShowsOnDVD.com, the 6-disc collection's bonus features will... Read More
Apr 17, 2006 by C. A. Hoehn | See all 2 posts
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