Strangers With Candy

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Return to high school with 46-year-old dropout Jerri Blank as she learns some very wrong lessons. Whether developing an eating disorder or exploring her (and everyone else's) sexuality, she's in for some truly special, After-School Special moments.
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Amy SedarisStephen Colbert
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Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Old Habits, New Beginnings
    April 6, 1999
    22min
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    Eager to fit in, 46-year-old freshman Jerri Blank makes drugs for the school's most popular girl.
  2. 2. A Burden's Burden
    April 13, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    In order to teach responsibility, Flatpoint High's health teacher gives each girl a real baby.
  3. 3. Dreams On The Rocks
    April 20, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Jerri's stepmother's drunken public displays may cost Jerri the lead role in the school play.
  4. 4. Who Wants Cake?
    April 27, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    Will Jerri be loyal to her lockermate, or to play by school rules and rat her out?
  5. 5. Bogie Nights
    June 13, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    Jerri falls for a transfer student, but a terrible secret will keep them apart forever.
  6. 6. Jerri Is Only Skin Deep
    July 11, 1999
    22min
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    Desperate to become homecoming queen, Jerri concocts some unique strategies to eliminate the competition.
  7. 7. Let Freedom Ring
    June 25, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    Flatpoint High is up in arms to find out whodunit after someone scrawls a racial slur on the wall.
  8. 8. Feather In The Storm
    June 27, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    Jerri finds her calling on the debate team, but can she make it through the dangerous physical training for the big competition?
  9. 9. To Be Young, Gifted And Blank
    July 4, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    Mr. Noblet discovers that Jerri is a violin prodigy and ruthlessly grooms her to become the star he always wanted to be.
  10. 10. The Trip Back
    July 18, 1999
    22min
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    English [CC]
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    Jerri succumbs to her old drug ways in an attempt to win over a beautiful stoner.

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charles C.Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
probably my favorite TV show ever
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Try to watch a few episodes. You don't have to watch them in order really because it's not a big continuous story. Great acting. Every episode has a Hollywood quality of style to it. And is just so funny. Only complaint is I bought a season on Amazon Prime and the quality isn't very good. Very grainy. Maybe it'll go away.
Daniel JolleyReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
The bacon strip is sizzling
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I had almost forgotten how much I loved this show until Comedy Central released this Season One DVD. Strangers With Candy was an absolutely brilliant comedy that took the concept of After-School Specials and turned it on its head - then gave it a wedgie - and then gave it a swirlie. A decidedly weird parody of this respected but stereotypical genre, one which never feared to go farther than most people could even conceive of in its inanity and bold disregard of political correctness necessarily plays to one of two extremes: either you hate the show and refuse to watch anything so ridiculous again in your life or you, like me, develop an obsessive fascination and love for it. I'm frankly rather surprised to see this Season One DVD released, but my reaction to the news, alongside a mad rush to get it in my hands as soon as possible, was, to quote a favorite line from lead character Jerri Blank, "Good times. Good times."
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. The towering force at the school, however, is Principal Blackman (Greg Hollimon), whose educational theories are, in a word, unusual and whose narcissism knows no bounds. If you thought your old teachers were weird, you ought to take a look at these guys.
Jerri deals with many issues routinely covered in after-school specials: trying to be popular, dating, racism, dealing with peer pressure (as well as pressure from the principal and teachers), accepting a new student, coping with an extremely dysfunctional family (the most normal member of which, her father, appears only in immovable poses), and, of course drugs. In the very first episode, she turns to what she knows - brewing up drugs - in her effort to become popular, only to watch a stoned girl try to fly through a keyhole. Jerri can be a sympathetic character dealing with her step-mother's alcoholism one minute, and then the next she is assuming the role of an abusive husband to her baby care partner. This really is one of those shows you can't describe; you have to see it to understand it.
There aren't a lot of extras on the DVDs, but what is there is fantastic. The unaired pilot of the show was strange indeed, as it featured a much different look for Jerri, a step-mother played by the woman who would end up being Jerri's gym teacher, an after-school volunteer job for Jerri at a home for senior citizens, terrible music, and a completely different feel to the whole viewing experience. The commentary provided by the creators and stars of the show, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello, is great fun. While only four of the ten episodes from Season One include a commentary, the information, reference to gags and side jokes that I had missed up until now, stories about the sometimes seat-of-your-pants manner in which everything came together for each episode, and general humor they expressed at the sight of old scenes takes a Strangers With Candy fanatic such as myself to even deeper and more appreciative heights of humor and fun.
What is perhaps most strange about Strangers With Candy is its success at making good and relevant points about some of the serious matters it subjects to a humiliating treatment in the name of comedy. I'm not entirely sure it does this intentionally, though, because the main point of concentration oftentimes seems to revolve around seeing just what they could actually get away with doing on television. If you are content with the same old predictable humor that the networks recycle year in and year out, you probably should avoid diving into the deep end of the humor pool, but if you yearn for something else, something different, something so stupid that its brilliance shines forth like a shooting star zooming across a horizon populated by distant glimmers of comedic light, then you may just find something strange and beautiful and hilarious in this unforgettable show.
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JVSReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic!!!
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Great show. A true classic from the early days of Comedy Central.Way ahead of its time. Weird. Gross. Offensive in so many ways. Hilarious. You may be emotionally scarred by watching this show in a wonderfully life-changing way. Ha!!!
No way a show like this could be on TV today. Many people get so offended too easily nowadays. This show would have blown up the internet every episode. Hahaha!!
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David AtwoodReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
After School Special On Laughing Gas
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As a kid, the networks self-anointed themselves with the title "beacons of morality." Silly, mellow-dramatic stories of drug abuse, drinking, racism and disabilities were inflicted on countless school kids.
Now comes "Strangers With Candy." A hilarious spoof on all of those corny, preachy after school specials. Even the opening theme song is straight out of those television tales of morality. What makes this series so funny are not only the writing but also the sight gags. Pay special attention to the writing on the chalkboard. Look quick and you'll see written "Custer verses Cortez: who would win?" as the daily classroom lesson.
It is unfortunate that Comedy Central cancelled the series in favor of more frat boy mook type humor. Instead of allowing a great series to develop even further, we now are treated to girls jumping on trampolines, beer humor and faux lesbians.
Thanks to someone willing to take a chance, we fans of the show now have the first season on DVD. This issue seems to be very popular (Amazon list) which will open the door for the remaining seasons!
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Aran JohnsonReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious even after repeat viewings
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I cannot believe how funny this show is. I only ever saw it as lousy quality tapes that someone else had made from Comedy Central airings, so I was thrilled to see it released on DVD.
This is one of those shows that thrives on pushing the boundaries of bad taste all in the context of the afterschool special formula.
In addition to Sedaris' expert job at playing a hapless re-entry high school student, the job of Colbert and Delillo as two of her teachers is amazing. Delillo especially is amazingly good at SOUNDING like a very concerned sensitive teacher while telling his students horrible demeaning comments. The short snippets of Colbert's 'history' lessons are an amazing satire of how history is taught and are very much in the vein of his work on the Daily Show.
This is easily the funniest show I have seen in a long time. I pray that they eventually release the next two seasons. I will buy them without any hesitation at all.
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W. DavidsonReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm so jazzed!
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There has never been a character quite like Jerri Blank (unless you're familiar with the REAL woman she was based on - Florrie Fisher), and there's never been a show like Strangers With Candy (unless you've seen... nope, there's never been a show like Strangers With Candy).
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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S. PetersonReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing Fun
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Alright, if you are the sensitive type and dark, politically incorrect humor bothers you, do not watch Strangers with Candy. The reason this show is so hilarious comes straight out of its very un-PC humor. It makes fun of minorities, homosexuals, the mentally handicapped, violent students... practically anything out there to be poked at gets at least one joke.
Personally, I don't find the show offensive at all because I go into it understanding that everything that happens merely exists to be funny, not to offend. The creators play off of society's fear that we have to constantly walk on eggshells, or we run the risk of offending everyone. This way of thinking, while somewhat justified, does become a bit ridiculous though. With this show, they say hey, what is everyone so afraid of? Instead of running from insane stereotypes, why not laugh at them? The stereotypes then get addressed and are proven to be just what they are: ridiculous.
That said, there might not be a more obscure character than Jerri Blank. A 46 year old freshman at Flatpoint High (home of the Concrete Donkeys), and a self-proclaimed 32 year old teenage runaway. Half the time she's girl-crazy, the other half boy-crazy. She's popular one day and a complete loser the next. The inconsistencies in the show really give it charm though. Of course the show is completely over the top but truthfully, some people really are this crazy. Strangers with Candy is an after-school special gone very, very wrong (and the creators actually formatted the show to seem just like an after-school special, making it even more hilarious).
I really love the episode "Who Wants Cake?" in which Jerri is forced to narc on her locker mate about whether or not Kimberly is retarded. The concept is absurd and the character Kimberly is obviously not "retarded". However, the show plays off the horrible misconceptions so intelligently that I couldn't even stop myself from laughing if I tried. Great quote (may not be exact words, but you get the idea): "You might be screaming no no no, but all they hear is who wants cake. And they all do. They all want cake."
Dark humor at it finest. The real tragedy is the show was only on for three seasons and as of now, this is the only season released on DVD.
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ZakReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the funniest shows of all time
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Characters are amazing, acting is as well. Must see comedy TV.
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