Strangers with Candy

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Strangers with Candy
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Premiere April 7, 1999
Finale October 2, 2000
Creator Amy Sedaris,
Stephen Colbert,
Paul Dinello,
Mitch Rouse
Network/Provider Comedy Central
Style 30-minute comedy,
single camera
Company Comedy Central
Seasons 3
Episodes 30 + unaired pilot + 1 film
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Strangers with Candy ran on Comedy Central for only two years, though it gained a small but ardent following for its ironic take on after-school specials. Each episode follows a strict formula wherein a conflict is presented and resolved in 22 minutes, usually concluding with the main character, Jerri Blank, addressing the audience to explain what she has learned. Much like the influential shows Seinfeld and The Simpsons, the authority figures are as deranged as those in their care and there is no actual lesson learned. Most episodes included variations on the school's marquee-style sign, and every one ended with cast members dancing over the credits.

Technically the show ran for two seasons - one consisting of ten episodes and one of twenty, but the DVD releases have split the second season in two.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 M
Stephen Colbert Chuck Noblet * * * *
Paul Dinello Geoffrey Jellineck * * * *
Greg Hollimon Principal Onyx Blackman * * * *
Roberto Gari Guy Blank * o
Dan Hedaya *
Deborah Rush Sara Blank * o o *
Larc Spies Derrick Blank * o o
Joseph Cross *
Amy Sedaris Jerri Blank * * * *
Featured Cast 1 2 3 M
Orlando Abdo Orlando Pinatubo * * *
Maria Thayer Tammi Littlenut * * * *
Sarah Thyre Coach Cherri Wolf * * * *

Pilots

Title Release Date
Retardation: A Celebration unreleased

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
Comedy Central
Season One April 7, 1999 July 19, 1999 10
Season Two January 17, 2000 July 4, 2000 10
Season Three July 10, 2000 October 2, 2000 10

Feature Film

Title Release Date
Strangers with Candy June 28, 2006

In Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season 1 June 17, 2003 2
Season 2 November 4, 2003 2
Season 3 September 28, 2004 2
Episode Collections - Various Series  (Region 1)
Comedy Central's Home Grown June 10, 2008 purchase 1

External Sites