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).
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.
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.
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.
Tv.com 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)
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 lmao
Am I the only one who wants to see this brought back and on a totally different network. After canceling this could be classic show after only two episodes they don't deserve this awesome animated series which could be on par with Family Guy. So if anyone out there wants to see this show brought back please say your praise. Go out and duy the dvd hell go out and buy one for your friend who has no idea what the hell Clerks is I mean they need some learnin anyway. In retaliation to this let us rise against all celebrities and kill them.
Hello the clerks cartoon was a very gud idea but no one watched it on tv.
The reason it is not runin anymore is cause people wanted it to be like the movie but it was not!
Very good show, watch it from time to time no fu*ks,whor*s
or b*tchs where aloud to be said cause it was on tv or some thing like that. Jay and Silent Bob where not aloud to sell weed they sold fireworks instead.
Do not get me wrong now it sounds like i am bit*hin about the show but im not its one of my favorites.
I have only seen one episode, the first episode in fact, and I was quite surprised.
One thing I noticed straight away with Clerks, is its animation. The bold outline animation style is unique, and I think it looks great. It's similar to how Spanky Ham from Drawn Together looks. This show is funny. A lot funnier than I had ever imagined. With humour of its own.
The only problem I see with this show (so far), is that the characters have got to be the most unlikable characters, ever.
They are just so arrogant and self-centered. Surely one bearable character wouldn't hurt.
But I don't know, I have only seen one episode, maybe the characters had a change of heart in a later episode, maybe a character was dropped, I don't know yet, what I do know is that there are no good characters in the first episode.
The creator(s?) of this show are clearly very skilled, I'll give them that. The only show that comes close to Clerks: TAS, would be The Critic. Both funny shows that deserved more.
In 1994 a low budget, black and white film named "Clerks" was released, surprising audiences with it's unique plot and frank dialogue. Most of us know that film as the one that made Kevin Smith a household name. Some six years later Smith would try to recapture the magic of Clerks with "Clerks: The Animated Series." Lasting a total of two whole episodes on ABC before being yanked, the series was released on DVD a few years back, which is where I was initially exposed to it. The series contains Smith's trademark witty writing, and the animation itself is top flight. The voice cast is outstanding, as Dante and Randall are both voiced by their movie counterparts, and Alec Baldwin absolutely owns as Leonardo Leonardo. Even with these positives, I have to say that overall the series left me feeling a bit empty. Due to the fact that the show was cancelled so quickly, only 6 episodes were actually produced. These episodes make makes for a good afternoon of entertainment, but they are a lot like cotton candy. Even though it's sweet, and you like it, at the end of the day you find yourself wanting something a bit more substantial. I would have liked to see where this series would have gone given additional episodes, I think it could have progressed beyond being just decent to become something truly memorable. I suggest checking out this underappreciated work from View Askew, but it's best to temper your expectations a bit while viewing.
Clerks is a prime example of network idiocy. In the television business there are dozen examples of this. Some exec greenlights a project. The production company does a short order (4 to 10 episodes) and brings it back to the network. Then the network screws the pooch and the excuses here are numerous. It didn't test well, we had a change in management, some exec has a problem with the creator, ect. ect. ect.. This has happened over and over again. Police Squad, Sammy, God the Devil and Bob, On the Air and Clerks are just a few that met this assinine fate. Buried somewhere during the summer scheduled and left to die. Why do the networks continue to waste time and money like that.
Clerks was a great show and the DVD is worth owning. Kudos to View Askiew to keeping the origanal cast together.
Be cautioned. If you haven't seen the cartoon series, it is differnt from the movies. I have friends who love the movies and don't like the series. They are two differnt beast.
On the DVD commentary they (Kevin Smith & Scott Mossier) make reference to the possibility of straight to video Clerks animated movies. Let's hope we see those soon.
Sprouting from the highley succesful 1994 film "Clerks",
this classic animated series was created.
Bringing back the main characters and putting them in a cartoon world seemed bad at first but was the best choice afterwards.
But sadly it had to end because of "Bad Ratings"( Every networks's excuse when they hate a show ).
Only two episode's aired on ABC.
The show as as good and funny as the film, and had it gone on it would have maybe surpassed it.
clerks has to be one of the greatest shows that never had a chance to show how great it was. It aired about two episodes on abc and that was it. If I had to say I that a network like adult swim should start airing it and people would start to like it and then they would make new episodes, clerks is one show that was great and I am suprised that they did not go as far and be on there 5th season now.
Captures the true essence of the movie Clerks. I you love the movie you have to catch this cartoon adaptation. It really is a good fun time see the Clerks go on there Clerky adventures. Easily a classic.
Captures the true essence of the movie Clerks. If you love the movie you have to catch this cartoon adaptation. It really is a good fun time see the Clerks go on there Clerky adventures. Easily a classic. The drawing style is very Clerky, not to realistic and keeps the plain style of the movie.
Perfect cartoon to catch after watching the movie, plays off of the movie really well too. Great that Kevin Smith and the other actors did the voices and really makes this a special cartoon to catch for the fan.
Definetly worth picking up on dvd.
I hope it feels so good to be right. There's nothing more exhilerating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?
Clerks definately proves that not every cartoon leads to fart jokes and immature humor. Even though it does not perfectly portray the excellent feature film, the series does immitate the unique characters of the movie well enough. Not only does the series provide a fantastic form of comedy, but also does add in a hint of action and adventure in each episode.
The problem with Kevin Smith's work is that it only appeals to a small group of people. I, unfortunately, am one of the people who loved his movies, and I loved this show. I saw only one episode when it was on television, and was disappointed that it didn't last longer. I think that the biggest problem with the cartoon was that it was on ABC. It wasn’t able to use the same humor that made the movie what it was. The language had to be cleaned up, and if anyone has seen a Kevin Smith movie, you know he is not afraid to use a swear or two. Also the Jay and Silent Bob characters needed to be change a lot to be acceptable for network television. This show would have had a better chance on HBO, where Smith could have unleashed his full talent. It probably would have had a chance on Comedy Central. It may have even gained new life if it was shown on Adult Swim. The show had a lot of potential, but it never had a chance to survive.
this show would have made it if it were in adult swim's line up. i think it would make a good companion with boondocks. maybe with the new movie coming out someone will try this show again. myself, i think you can never get enough jay and silent bob. that's just my two cents anyway.
I\'d be lying if I said I watched this show when it aired. I was at the mall years back & saw the dvd. confused (as I had not heard about a clerks cartoon), I decided I\'d give it a go.
This show was off the wall. Well written. Nicely drawn (I dig the stylized look). Random at times. Just plain hilarious. I think the reason this thing didn\'t last is mainly due to the fact that the average tv viewer is a retarded consumer. This show had that antisocial sense of humor that only a cult following can arise from. if you enjoyed the clerks film you owe it to yourself to revisit the mis-adventures of dante & randal.
To people not familiar with the movie Clerks, the animated series might not make much sense. This, plus maybe a bit more of an adult theme than most animated series, might have lead to the series all too soon cancellation. This doesn't excuse the decision-makers from doing their probably biggest mistake of year 2000. I say probably, since they cancelled this show, they might have cancelled something else that didn't deserve it. Randal for president!
I guess I can say a few things. You know, a show should not always be measured by how fast it is cancelled. I've heard the excusses that Clerks was discard due to bad time slot. But I think it was because only fans really got humor. After getting the DVD I think maybe this should have just gone straight to DVD or maybe put it on Adult Swim.
Anywho...I love this show. Why not, I am a Clerks fan and this perfect for. On top of that: Alec Baldwin is the bad guy. If your a fan of Kevin Smith watch this. If your not, you may want to skip it.
I love this show so much. The way that Kevin Smith was able to work around his prime time network television rectrictions is down right amazing.It is truely a shame that it was canceled. Had Smith waited a few years there is no doubt in my mind that this show would still be on the air today. As with many things that he does, Smith was just a little bit to far ahead of his time with this one. If you get the chance, go pick up the DVD of the series, it is totally worth the money.
One of us! One of us!
a spin off from the kevin smith film 'clerks' and another insight into the bizaare view-askewniverse. this 6 episode long series is filled with more jokes than a a full season of any crappy sitcom that americas belched forth in the last few years such as will and grace AKA ''one long sex joke''(okay we get it he's gay) ,or joey AKA ''why dont you like me''(why mr.leblanc ,why?).
this was truly origional and needs to be brought back.
there are quite a few one liners that are memorable like jay's ''shoomm, yah-yah JEDIIII!!!'' to randal making george lucas give him his 8 bucks back for the phantom menace.
and dont we all wish we could do that?
i actually found this funnier than the film it was based on and i highly suggest looking up the DvD.
Its too bad it was cancelled ,this could have been as big as family guy or south park.
This show is as god as the movie of the same name. It only doesn't have all the sexual homor and cursing like the movie because the show is on cable television. Think of this show as the "clean" version of the movie. I highly recommend to fans of the movie, and funny cartoons in general.
The Clerks cartoon DVD is the best ten bucks you could spend. Every one of these six episodes is hilarious, and remain so after countless viewings.
On the commentary, Smith claims that he wasn't able to be funny without his trademark relentless profanity. I completely disagree, and think this show is the highlight of his career. I don't really like his movies that much, but this show is way better than all of them.
Let's face it, if Friends had been put in a horrible time slot and the NBC would have not allowed it to grow, it would be in the same position as Clerks.
I am not going to bore you with what the show is about, because if you don't know what Clerks is about, then you shouldn't even be reading reviews.
Now, Clerks remains one of the funnier adult cartoons that was ever put out. It could ahve been a classic, had the network allowed Kevin Smith and Co to do what needed to be done, instead of being the idiots that they are. Of course, we have all seen how well ABC's parent company Disney is doing, so I guess it's hardly a shock that they are getting rid of good shows and putting on crap like "The Bacholer."
What made clerks great is the fact that they are totally willing to play with the television stereotype. In what other show would two twenty year old counter jockies have a billionaire archnemisis? In what other show would the plot be wrapped up by simply having Jay and Silent Bob blow something up (It happens twice)? Hell, what show would have a clip show in their second episode?
Had this show been given a decent time slot, the freedom to do what it needed to so, and support of ABC, it would still be around today. The only good thing is that there will be a straight to DVD movie with swearing, the one thing this show was missing and why it got .5 points knocked off the perfect ten.
Definitely an overlooked underappreciated comedic gem! This show was absolutely brilliant and the humor in the show appeals to anyone. I'm so glad they put this out on DVD, otherwise I would have never have known about it. A friend of mine showed it to me shortly after it came out and I was hooked. Its too bad too, if I would have known when it was on TV, I'm sure I would have watched it. I guess that's why it went away so quickly. Go check out this CLASSIC!
Not many people know about the 1994 black and white indie movie by director Kevin Smith titled Clerks. This starred Dante Hicks, a clerk at a small convinient store in Leonardo, New Jersy and his friend Randal Graves that works in the video store next to it. It was a very classic movie (A sequel is in the works slated for January 2006 n_n). Not many people know about the short lived animated series that followed it. It was much like the movie, but without the cursing and sexual inuendo. What it lacks in vulgarity, it makes up for in off the wall humor. Seriously, this show is f*cking halarious. Also adding to comic relief are Jay and Silent Bob. These characters played a small part in the movie but come along to add to the fun. Unfortunately, the off the wall humor was short lived. Premered on NBC (Don't quote me on that though), it premered the same night as the NBA playoffs, so it was soon overlooked. If you can find the DVD that is floating around, do yourself a favor and buy it. Seven episodes of halarity for around $10-$15 is a steal.
First of all...If you haven't seen the movie, stop reading and rent it. Now that thats said, Clerks is an animated series based on Kevin Smith's 1994 Cult-Classic (although it has started to become more mainstream in recent years) Film about 2 Slackers. Two Slackers named Dante Hicks And Randal (Not Handal) Graves. Also appearing in the show are Fan-Favorites Jay & Silent Bob who now deal Fireworks (Step right up and throw down some bucks at J & SB's TNT Redux...Naga Nooch!)
Getting to the point, this show only lasted 2 episodes. Pretty lame huh? if you said Yes then I'd say, yes it was lame of people to hate this show because it's nothing like the movie. If I wanted something like the movie I would watch the movie. Personally I Loved This Show. And I will tell you why.
A) It Was Funny.
B) Refer To A.
C) Refer To A.
4) The many many many Pop-Cultural references and spoofs. They seem to do it to everyone, Matt Damon, Ted Danson, Jerry Seinfeld, Almost every director from 1975 and up...The list goes on. The show also spoofed entire movies and shows, Happy Days, the Bad News Bears, the Last Starfighter, even solemn meaningful films like "Schindler's List"...Again, The list goes on.
To sum-up, Clerks has everything a good animated comedy should have, and they shouldn't have cancelled it. So go make up for it by shelling out the $10 to but a DVD with all 6 episodes.
simply hilarious. first of all it's set in New Jersey which makes me happy cause i live in new jersey. It had reference to stuff just like the movie where Randal just breaks out in a conversation conserning some pointless movie anomily from for example Star Wars. Anything with jay and silent bob is great *snoogens* it really is a must see show for any fan of the classic movie clerks. Also Kevin Smith is one of the few directors that respect. if it had more episodes i would have been a lot happier but the 6 episodes they have are definately worth checking out.
This is a great extension of the movie. I wish that it wasnt cancelled, it had potential. I love the way Smith chose to go with the series, it was a show you wouldnt expect (after seeing the movie). I love the last episode, where they want to go outside, but cant becuase something, or someone keeps them at the quickstop.
Personally I feel that the reason this show did not last on television was simply because it was to good for television. In the shows short but sweet six episode run (only two of which made the airways) we saw some of the smartest and funnist writing yet seen. Some of my personal favorite episodes include the one where Jay sues Dante for 10 million dollars or how about wnen Dante coaches a little leauge team with Jay as the star pitcher? (He never passed the fourth grade you see.) Thankfully the complete set of CLERKS is avalable on DVD so, hurry go out and get it because its definitly worth it.
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