Even though it never aired more then once, 6 episodes where made and released on DVD.
The show has a very narrow audience, some would argue that it was pretty much only made for the guys who made it.
At times, its over-the-egde funny, because of the very offbeat way of doing things.
But then, for the most times, the show isnt as funny as the idea it sprung from is, take episode 2 for instance, the clipshow, seing as there have only been one show, the idea of making a clipshow over that, is really funny, but it simply doesnt work.
Even though i did like it, and would've liked to see more episodes, i understand why it never made the air more then once.
There is a boggling amount of love for Kevin Smith amongst the geeks. Be you gamer, Trekkie, *tabletop* gamer, comic/record/action figure/whatever collector, underground mediaphile, or most likely, some stewy mass of several of these prototypes, you've seen and maybe even enjoy at least a few Kevin Smith movies. Either way, you probably get something from Clerks or Mallrats quoted *at* you by peers and co-workers on a steady basis. His geek street cred goes a long way, and when he said "Clerks cartoon", we all just said "yeah, sure. why not."
Because who doesn't love those crazy strip-mall minimum wagers and the loveable, screwball dope dealing loiterers, Jay and Silent Bob? Wednesday Night Primetime, here we come!
Wisely, the show was happy to explore the adult-aimed, animated television space. Yes, sight gags were fast and furious, as were the pop-culture references and borderline "blue" language. But its best moments came when Clerks embraced TV conventions, simultaneously exploiting and celebrating ridiculous TV archetypes like the goateed arch-villain and the needless celebrity guest shot. Clerks capably transplanted Kevin Smith's foul-mouthed, referential humor, and made it work in a half-hour episodic format.
At least it did, for the first six episodes. This is a show that was destined not to last. That of the six episodes produced, only two were ever aired on ABC, is unfortunate, though the DVD set earns its price tag. It's unfortunate, but it's not unsurprising. Clerks was simply too bizarre, too hard to sell, too niche. Today there's great cable space for shows that like playing near the edges, but it's still not something most of the networks know how to deal with. Too bad for Kevin Smith, and too bad for the geeks.
Clerks was a brilintly done show with everything that made a good show a great show, exept their timing was a bit off. They came into the market while the adult, prime time cartoon was overly done by shows such as The Simpsons, South Park, Futurama, Family Guy, and many others. They were original but at the same time people just did not get it. The only people who watched it was independent film geeks who saw the spot on the superbowl...that is if they watched football...and said to themself i can't belive they are redoing such a great movie such as Clerks. Also if the network would of aired them in order of production instead of their own crazy way it would of made more sence. The flash back episode was funny when it came after the 1st production episode, because it was ironic, but it was out of place when it was aired after the 4th production episode, so it made it look like it was flashing back to a spot between the show and the film, and that is not as clever. it is very sad that they would not give such a great show another chance.
Well this show was good, but alot of us VA fanatics were not a big fan because it couldn't live up to it's true comedic genius because it was on ABC. If it was on HBO or Showtime, maybe even FOX it could have done much better. I do own the DVD's of this show though.
Based off the great sunshine festival Clerks is a great animated tv show. Its different from the movie cause of the tv censore but its still just as funny. the episode where dante goes on trial and randal becomes his lawyer is very funny. I recommend this show for all simpsons, clerks of course,family guy , and south park. hopefully when the movie comes out it will have maybe a family guy effect but I doubt from a movie.
I have to say, although it didn't last very long (and was practically a straight-to-DVD series), it was a fun, wacky ride while it lasted. Loosely based (wink-wink?) on acclaimed director Kevin Smith's 1994 film Clerks., Dante and Randal just sit behind a counter talking about Star Wars, crash funerals and play hockey on the roof... or do they?
Clerks: The Series was, indeed, nothing like Clerks: The Movie, but Disney/ABC (the 'mos) should have given it a chance. At least Comedy Central was... kind enough to show all six episodes a couple years ago. My one gripe - Jay and Silent Bob are firework-dealers? The kid in the helmet rocked. Snoogans.
This show was basically created by ABC to cash in on the success of the Clerks film, however like the film, this show had to wait to find an audience, and unlike the film, it's following didn't help give any success.
I beleive that this show brought many things to the world of television. Not only did it bring back a familiar film (which I've seen over 30 times), but it also brought backthe little things that we loved about it. For me, I just loved hearing Dante's voice again, Brian O'Halloran did a splendid job in his films, and proves he can cut it as a voice actor. As for Randall....well he's the same Randall he's always been, just a pain in the ass (I'll refer you to when he convinced a high powered lawyer to represent Jay and sue Dante for 10 million dollars). As for Jay, he's back to his old antics, now he's taken on the role of "mischief maker" instead of the usual pot induced antics of the film. Silent Bob....what can I say, Kevin Smith if you read this I hope you didn't strain your voice too much. Leonardo Leonardo....well it is a cartoon. And as for Lando, good to see they finally added a brother...nice Star Wars reference as well.
The show has long since been cancelled, however if you get the chance pick up the DVDs, you will not be disapointed.
Favorite Episode: Episode #2
I loved this episode, primarily for the "why are we walking like this" gag. It kills me everytime. And who could forget when they were clerks in Britain, that alwats slays me.
Awhile ago I was at an HMV (music/entertainment store) and I saw the two disc set of this for $30. And I love Clerks, one of the funniest movies of all time. So I picked this up as a blind buy, and I don't regret it in the least, in fact it's probably one of my better purchases. Anyway, the similarity to the show was very apparent, but I think it lost some of it's comedic edge because there was little to no swearing. Anyway, it's a great cartoon and a real shame that they cancelled it.. Damn network execs..
Clerks, is the animated adaptation to the movie. It features the main characters (Dante, Randal,Jay, and SilentBob) but has a whole new twist like color. Those two classic slackers are up to whole new shenanigans like destroying a QuickerStop, fighting of
Clerks the show is really nothing like the movie. There is no cursing, its in color, and there is almost no reference to Dante’s love life. There is however a whole load of new for the ViewAskewniverse. Dante and Randal have adventures that could never happen in the movie and to replace all the cursing Jay replaces it with hundreds of Snootchie Bootchie variants witch can be just as funny. If you have seen Clerks (the movie) or any of Kevin Smiths other films (Chasing Amy, Dogma, est.) chances are you will love seeing Dante and Randal as a cartoon!
Based on the characters from the smash hit 1994 film "Clerks", Dante and Randal go through their lives just trying to make it through the day, not realizing their greatest enemy, Leonardo Leonardo, is across the street trying his best to undo them.
This show suffered from two things: a network that didn't want it and an audience that couldn't find it. One thing it never suffered from was lack of comedy. "Clerks" is a show that would have given "Family Guy" and run for its money had it been allowed to go on for more than six episodes (or two, if you count the fact that ABC only allowed two epiosodes to make it on the air before quietly replacing it with "Home Improvement" reruns). Kevin Smith did an excellent job of adapting his 1994 film into a laugh-a-minute animated show with the help of Paul Dini ("Kim Possinble") and Dave Mandel ("Seinfeld"). Both Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran came back to voice the characters of Randal and Dante as well as a slew of comic greats voicing new characters, such as Al Franken, Alec Baldwin, Gilbert Godfried, and Michael McKean. The bulk of the show laughs came from hillarious cut-aways, film parodies, and now-classic one-liners ("Oh my God, bear is driving! How can that be?"). This show should be given a second chance based on the high DVD sales and show ratings once Comedy Central picked up the show. If they can bring back "Family Guy", why not "Clerks"?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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\'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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