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Clerks: The Animated Series
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"Why are we walking like this?"
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: April 1, 2000 – December 15, 2002
Network(s): ABC
Comedy Central
Created by: Kevin Smith
Distributed by: Buena Vista Television
Starring: Jeff Anderson
Jason Mewes
Brian O'Halloran
Kevin Smith
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6


Clerks: The Animated Series is a short-lived animated spin-off of the Kevin Smith movie Clerks. The show originally aired on ABC & repeats aired on Comedy Central and later on Adult Swim.

Plot

Clerks: The Animated Series follows the adventures of Dante Hicks (voiced by Brian O'Halloran) and his friend Randall Graves (voiced by Jeff Anderson) as they run the Quick Stop.

Why It Rocks

  1. The show stays true to the source material, despite the explicit language, drug use and sex jokes being almost non-existent here as it aired on ABC.
  2. Jay and Silent Bob are as hilarious as in the films.
  3. They made a clip-show parody in the second episode.
  4. Creative episode plots, like a parody of the 1995 disaster movie Outbreak and Jay suing Dante in court.
  5. Episode 4 gives a humorous "Take That!" to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Batman & Robin. As Randall sues the producers of both films, he asks for his eight bucks back and points out common complaints about each film.
  6. Leonardo Leonardo serves as a worthy antagonist to the show, and Alec Baldwin gives an excellent performance.
  7. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer gag in Episode 1.
  8. The "nicotine fit" gag in Episode 3.
  9. Smooth animation and amazingly appealing character designs courtesy of Steven Silver, who later designed the characters of Kim Possible and Danny Phantom.
  10. They got the original actors from the film to reprise their respective roles.
  11. The ending to Episode 4 parodies anime tropes and manages to make it feel fresh.
  12. Kevin Michael Richardson voices the likable and charismatic narrator.
  13. The running gag that parodies the wall climb from the 1960s Batman TV show.
  14. Extremely quotable, just like the films.

Bad Qualities

  1. It only lasted for 6 episodes (only 2 of which aired on ABC, both out-of-order) before it got cancelled, meaning that the series doesn't have enough episodes to show its fullest potential.
  2. As previously mentioned, all the R-rated content from the film is nowhere to be found.
    • Jay and Silent Bob aren't drug dealers or do any drugs, but instead sell illegal fireworks.

Reception

  • It holds a rating of 7.4/10 on IMDB.

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