Strangers With Candy - Season One
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Amy Sedaris plays Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old loser who returns to high school after being a teenaged runaway for 32 years. Her father is immobile, and her step-mother and half-brother hate her. The series is patterned after an after-school episode, and each one ends in Jerri learning a "lesson" (as well as participating in funky dance sequences!). The humor is sometimes bizzare, often raunchy, and always politically incorrect!
Episode 1: Old Habits, New Beginnings. Jerri tries to fit in by mixing up some drugs (glint) for a popular cheerleader (Poppy), with tragic results. Jerri loses the first in a long series of pets and does her first "I got something to say!" bit.
Episode 2: A Burden's Burden. Jerri is given a 10-pound baby (whom she dubs "Dizzy") by her health teacher. She fails miserably and is paired up with Tammi Littlenut to complete the assignment. Teacher Noblet and Jellineck begin their unusual "relationship." This episode is hilarious and presents a new, more demented side of Jerri.
Episode 3: Dreams on the Rocks. Jerri get a leading role in the school production of "A Raisin in the Sun," beating out several African-American students! This acting success leads Jerri's step-mother on a "hilarious" alcolohic bender.
Episode 4: Who wants cake? Jerri is asked to determine whether her lockermate, Kimberly, is "[mentally challenged].Read more ›
Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) is rather amazingly representative, in her own special way, of your typical high school student. What makes this so amazing is the fact that she is a forty-six-year-old freshman. After thirty-two years of drug abuse, prison time, and who knows what else, she has returned home to pick up where she left off when she ran away from home. Flat Point High School is not your typical educational oasis, as becomes obvious immediately. Mr. Noblet (Stephen Colbert) and Mr. Jellineck (Paul Dinello) are two unique teachers who play a big role in Jerri's life, dispensing such tidbits of advice as "No one makes friends with a failure" and "You're only as attractive as we think you are," while enjoying an openly "secret" relationship of their own.Read more ›
SWC is impossible to do justice to in a review, but I like a challenge. The basis of the program is a very dark take on "after-school" TV specials, the ones that teach you a valuable lesson about being nice to people and doing the chores, that sort of thing. This idea mutates into some very blackly comic situations as Jerri Blank (the anti-hero who remains strangely sympathetic despite being completely devoid of morals and quite replulsive really) learns a lesson, albeit the wrong lesson usually, each week about topics such as buying friends with drugs, parenthood, racism and more. It's hilarious (sorry "hil-LAR-ious), throroughly quotable and something that will probably be discovered in 15 years time for the incredible work that it is.
The DVD brings extras such as the pilot episode and 3 episode commentary from the main cast. Get this or be the laughing stock of Flatpoint High!
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Meet Jerri Blank, she's a 46 year old high school freshman. She was a boozer a user and a loser. She had a lot of friends and did a lot of time. Read morePublished 11 days ago by PROTEST_AGAINST_AMAZON_VIDEO_LIES
Not one episode played all the way through without messing up. I guess I've learned my lesson: Don't buy used from amazon.Published 6 months ago by garrett tillary
dumb, not even dumb funny, just dumb. Maybe if you are high it would be funny. My daughter liked it, shes 19. I'm 52, maybe thats the problem.Published 7 months ago by Allison Garza
Strangers With Candy is and oft-overlooked gem of the American Comedy canon. Amy Sedaris, (sister of the HUGELY popular humorist, David Sedaris) is the lead, Jerri Blank. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Reilly
Strangers with Candy is one of the most demented and ridiculous shows that I've ever seen, it's absolutely BRILLIANT! Amy Sedaris is a comic genius!!Published 7 months ago by Moss79
One of the greatest shows of all time. A show like this could not exist on cable TV anymore. It's just too un-PC and hilarious.Published 7 months ago by Patrick
Strangers with Candy is hilarious! I love Jerri Blank. It's definitely underrated.Published 9 months ago by Sheila Rominger