Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)

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A forty-six-year-old ex-drug addict returns to high school as a freshman.


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Creators:

Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Mitch Rouse, Amy Sedaris

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6 August 2004 | SheBear
Insidious!!!
Words cannot explain Strangers with Candy. You need to see it to believe it and even then you'll be scratching your head in disbelief (while laughing your ass off of course).

The premise is that of a sick and twisted after school special from hell where all of the wrong lessons are learned. (Great one from Jellineck – `if you're going to smoke marijuana you have to be prepared to spend a lot of time laughing with your friends').

It is one of the smartest, subversive and exhilaratingly un-pc shows ever. It a makes fun of authority figures, the handicapped, minorities and that's just for starters. Each episode is crammed with one-liners and sight gags so numerous they'll make your head spin.

It's all in the delivery, folks. Principal Blackman (Gregory Hollimon), Noblet (Steven Colbert) and Jellineck (Paul Dinello) are all pitch perfect. In the hands of lesser talents these jokes would fall flat. The show has huge laughs. The entire Hit & Run episode comes to mind, as does the scene in The Virgin Jerri when Drake removes Jerri's toe separator from her filthy feet and sniffs it lustily or when Jerri recites the poem Packing a Musket to the class.

I could go on and on but just trust me - you HAVE to watch this show.

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Trivia

The character of Jerri is based on motivational speaker Florrie Fisher, who travelled high schools in the 1970s talking about her fall from 1940s socialite to a heroin addicted prostitute in the 1960s. Many lines of dialogue in the show are taken verbatim from a recording of a speech she gave to a New York high school, which circulated for many years on the cult video market as "The Trip Back". In real life, Fisher fell out of the public eye in the early 1970s, and for many years was believed to be missing and presumed dead. In the late 2000s, researchers turned up an interview with Mike Douglas in a 1973 issue of the Rotary Club publication "The Rotarian", in which Douglas recounted interviewing Fisher. According to Douglas, Fisher's disappearance was due to her being taken to a Miami hospital in the middle of her lecture tour, where she was diagnosed with liver cancer. The disease resulted in kidney failure, and she ultimately died of a heart attack on May 26, 1972 at the age of fifty-four.


Quotes

Jerri Blank: Hey, why don't you paint me while I talk?
Geoffrey Jellineck: Well, I don't know...
Jerri Blank: Should I remove my clothes?
Geoffrey Jellineck: I don't think so.
Jerri Blank: Are you sure?
Geoffrey Jellineck: I'm positive.
Jerri Blank: Why don't I remove my pants and panties?


Goofs

Derrick Blank is frequently referred to as Jerri's stepbrother. He is actually her half-brother.


Crazy Credits

At the end of every episode while the credits are rolling you see the cast in that episode dancing.


Alternate Versions

In the the complete season three box set, episodes "Trail of Tears" and "Is My Daddy Crazy?" feature the original aired episodes, however in the complete Series Box Set they are director's cut episodes.


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Strangers With Candy Theme
Composed by Mark Levenson
Producer
Bob Golden

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Comedy

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