Strangers with Candy

1999 TV-14 3 seasons

Strangers with Candy

1999 TV-14 3 seasons
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In this Comedy Central satire, ex-addict and prostitute Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) is determined to turn her life around and returns to Flatpoint High to enroll as a freshman, despite being 30 years older and much more worldly than her teenage classmates. As she navigates the bumpy road, Jerri also deals with her insufferable stepmother (Deborah Rush), her abusive brother (Lark Spies) and some difficult teachers (Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello).
Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Greg Hollimon, Deborah Rush, Amy Sedaris, Larc Spies, Orlando Pabotoy, Maria Thayer, Sarah Thyre
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1999) - 2 discs

&NFb;&NFb_;What happens when your 46-year-old ex-addict daughter, eager to reclaim her lost youth, comes back home to live with you and attend high school? When that someone is the wild, wacky and wily Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris), you can count on laughing till your side splits. A boldly politically incorrect series, "Strangers with Candy" purports to teach no lessons and dish lots of lies, all in the name of fun. Co-stars Stephen Colbert and Andy Sedaris.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this satirical comedy (which has a strong cult fanbase) contains mature humor and is geared toward adults. Jokes are crude and can be racially, sexually, and socially offensive. The series' intention is to poke fun at the ridiculous nature of the after school specials and "very special episodes" that were so popular in the '70s and '80s.

Sexual Content

Blatant sexual innuendoes ("I like the pole and the hole"); sloppy kissing for the gross-out factor. Jerri hits on both boys and girls.


Physical comedy, but all harmless.


Derogatory remarks can be offensive, including "fag", "p--sy", "whore."

Social Behavior

Jerri is a former junkie, prostitute, and jailbird who makes multiple references to her past behavior "in the joint." She's always happy to ditch her dorky friends in favor of the popular kids. The teachers are far from models of good behavior. The show as a whole is designed to send up the neat lessons of corny after school specials.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Smoking weed, and some drinking. Lots of references to past drug use.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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