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This animated series, based on Kevin Smith's 1994 film of the same name, centers on Dante Hicks and Randal Graves, the clerks at The Quick Stop and RST Video. These "slackers" spend most of their time spoofing pop culture and whining about their miserable lives. Adding color to their lives are the resident "hetero-life partners" Jay and Silent Bob, who hang out and sell fireworks outside the store. Every show needs an evil villain, so to accommodate, Leonardo Leonardo was created -- a rich, gay psychopath, who was the evil foil for our heroes. Leonardo's sidekick, the menacing Plug, was a robot. NBA player Charles Barkley voiced himself in nearly every episode, playing the nemesis of Jay and Silent Bob. And Lando was created in episode 3 to address the lack of black characters in the show. Utilizing the animation, the makers inserted tons of film and television spoofs, and cameos from many stars.

This short lived series not only set a record for the length of time it spent on the air, but for the length of the titles as well! The show was green lighted by ABC for six episodes, but the release date kept getting pushed back and after a spot on the Superbowl, they finally got around to airing the series on May 31, 2000. After playing the show for two weeks, the series was abruptly jerked off the air, even though the additional four episodes were scheduled. Plans were made to cut the episodes into a feature film, but this idea was eventually scrapped and all six episodes appeared on video and DVD the following year. Also worth noting, Leonardo Leonardo was based on (and originally voiced by) Alan Rickman (Dogma, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest), but the execs at ABC didn't want Rickman, so Alec Baldwin stepped in to do the voice.

On the video version, the real Jay and Silent Bob come out to introduce each episode (and there's a special appearance by Randal). On the DVD, these clips appear after an animated version of Jay and Silent Bob holding up a card with the episode number. The DVD also includes an audio commentary, two featurettes, animatics, the Superbowl spot, and a long promo made for a film/comic convention. As a DVD-ROM bonus, there are script/storyboards and character profiles.

On December 22, 2002, all six episodes premiered in a marathon on Comedy Central. Since then, the series has aired from time to time on Comedy Central, mostly during late night with the cable channel's other animated programming.


    Director Kevin Smith acting in Showtime pilot


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    • Clerks is Snooch to the Nooch!

      Kevin Smith adapts his cult hit comedy Clerks into an irrelevantly funny animated television series. The show follows convenience store clerks Dante and Randal as they get into wacky hijinks, and of course the lovable rapscallions Jay and Silent Bob pop-up from time to time. Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, and Kevin Smith reprise their roles and are joined by recurring guest stars Alec Baldwin, Charles Barkley, and Gilbert Gottfried. The writing is especially clever, with a lot of witty satire about sitcoms and hilarious TV and movie parodies. Additionally, the animation style is quite unique, with a rugged design scheme that has a simplistic sort of charm. However, Clerks wasn't really given a chance and was cancelled by ABC after 6 episodes (of which only 2 airedout of order).moreless
    • They never gave this show a chance at all, but it's one of the most hilarious animated shows ever that could have rivaled Family Guy and The Simpsons.

      Clerks is one of those shows that was never given a chance at all, even though it was awesome. Clerks is a show about two store clerks named Dante Hicks and Randal Graves. Randal is a more laid back guy who always gets into trouble and Dante is the more serious type and the both of them get into weird and crazy adventures that are hilarious and random. The animation and artwork look really great and has aged well over the years. The characters are all funny and will never fail to bring a smile to my face and they always make me laugh. There is never a dull moment in Clerks, it's really random and hilarious and is easily one of the best animated series to this day. Unfortunately ABC did not think this show was doing good and canceled it. Eventually it was put on Adult Swim, but there were never any new episodes. Kevin White needs to get this show back on the air, it's funny, it's got lovable characters, and it never lived to it's full potential. If you can find this show on DVD, pick it up immediately and watch it, you will be guaranteed plenty of laughs in each episode.moreless
    • "Hi. I'm everybody's favorite NBA star Charles Barkley." "Get outta here, snoogans"

      This show was awesome, but I think it was far ahead of its time. People couldn't handle the fact that Dante's girlfriend cheating on him a lot, or the fact that everything looked like a giant bong to Jay was funny. "Why are we walking like this?" was repeated many times as the two CLeRkS reminesced on the first episode, while locked in the freezer. Keep in mind that this show was the second episode and they were remembering the first! Hilarious! This show ended after a very short 3 episode run, but all 6 episodes live on in my heart and DVD player.moreless
    • It's funny.I mean really.

      I can say that it's kind of funny.Well,I know that it's better than Back At The Barnyard or Wolverine And The X-Men.It's based on the movie and the second movie was funny.But the only problem is that Dante looks very disturbing.Adult Swim had the right to show this show on their,but why don't they have new episodes of it anymore.Why?Why?!WHY?!It's a bad idea to do for a show since of what they did to The Oblongs or The Drinkey Crow Show,I grade this show a B because it's a random funny cartoon since that very funny show The Critic and it's very funny.moreless
    • Haha! so random

      9.5 is so gay they just put ''Clerks''

      instead of "clerks the animated serie".

      i don't really care though...

      Based on Keven Smith's movie called, Clerks.(not a rip-off you dumb-ass)

      That show is awesome but the only thing that sucked is ''Leonardo Leonardo'' the billionaire guy.

      too bad that Abc banned that show, i don't know what they gonna do now about the serie...

      F*CK YOU, Jay and SilentBob are hilarious!

      even if that show is a little lazy, that is great...

      Randal was a little gay in the pharaoh ep....


      Then: Comedy Central (i think)

      Now: Adult-Swim

      There are such moment that i won't forgot from my f*cking head like when the judge dreamed that he was with axel f...

      My Lazy review just had over 100 letter count now :D see ya lmaomoreless

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