Sunday, January 10, 2010

Principal Onyx Blackman Calls us All Out

Strangers With Candy was a show too smart for its own good:

"The series' main character, Jerri Blank (played by Amy Sedaris), was a runaway returning to high school as a freshman at age 46 at the fictional Flatpoint High School in the town of Flatpoint.

Created and written by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, and Mitch Rouse, the show was a spoof of the after school specials of the 1970s and 1980s and was also inspired, at least in part, by a 1970 public-service film, The Trip Back, that featured a reformed drug addict named Florrie Fisher (see "Origin" below). Sedaris, Colbert, Dinello, and Rouse were cast members of the short-lived Comedy Central series Exit 57; they, along with Greg Hollimon and many other stars of the series, were also alumni of Chicago's Second City comedy troupe.

According to the show's animated introduction,[1] Jerri ran away from home and became "a boozer, a user, and a loser" after dropping out of high school as a teenager, supporting her drug habits through prostitution, stripping, and larceny. She has been to prison several times, the last time because she, in her words, "stole the TV."

Every episode featured a theme or moral lesson, although the lessons were often amoral or warped; in an episode about eating disorders, Jerri learns that it's OK to become an anorexic because it will get people to pay attention to you. When Jerri's father passes away in the episode "The Goodbye Guy," Jerri learns the valuable lesson, "You never really 'lose' your parents. Unless of course they die. Then they're gone forever. And nothing will bring them back." In another episode, Jerri learned that "violence really isn't the only way to resolve a conflict, but it's the only way to win it."

Each episode ends with the cast and other featured actors from the episode dancing.

Principal Onyx Blackman is perhaps the best television show principal (edging Saved By the Bell's Mr. Belding), and a brilliant Black person to boot.

The video below is one of SBPDL's favorite clips from the show.It illustrates why the show was so brilliantly under appreciated. Enjoy.

Sometimes, you just need a good laugh.


Anonymous said...

I loved this show. It was very witty and fast. Upright Citizens Brigade had a clip where a guy explains how he was brainwashed by "Pscyhotonomy" to think he was a black guy, so he moved to the ghetto and got beat up. Found it with google search: htttp://

Anonymous said...


This is something we both can agree on. This show was one of the best on TV. I'm going out today to purchase the series. It's nice to see someone has a sense of humor. Television today panders to the lowest common denominator. Barring a few exceptions most of what we see is cliched, boring, hyper PC crap.

-Black guy

Stuff Black People Don't Like said...


The entire series (3 seasons) is available in a collection - check amazon - but is difficult to find.

The show - especially season one - was uber-politically incorrect.

Hard to believe it was 10 years ago this show was on television...

Anonymous said...

im black and this absolutely ridiculous