Clerks DVD cover

Clerks: The Animated Series is an American animated series created by Kevin Smith and David Mandel. The show originally aired on ABC for 2 episodes and was canceled. It ended being aired in severeal other networks before reaching Adult Swim. On November 14, 2008 Clerks began Airing on Adult Swim.


Clerks: The Animated Series is based on the movie Clerks by Kevin Smith.

Clerks (retronym: Clerks: The Animated Series) is an American animated television series based on Kevin Smith's film of the same name. It was developed for television by Smith, Smith's producer Scott Mosier and former Seinfeld writer David Mandel with character designs by Stephen Silver.


[hide]*1 DVD release

  • 2 Broadcast history
    • 2.1 Episodes: 1999-2002
  • 3 Characters
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Clerks: Sell Out
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] DVD release

The show was released on DVD in a 2 Disc collectors set called "Clerks Uncensored." The "Uncensored" of the title refers to the reinstating of a segment unaired when the second episode ran on television.

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] Broadcast history

Only two episodes were aired on ABC in the year 2000 before the series was cancelled.[1] Several factors contributed to the cancellation, including low ratings, the show's not fitting in with ABC's other programming, unsuccessful test-screening to older audiences, and ABC's decision to air the shows out of order. ABC aired the fourth episode first, as opposed to the intended first episode, and then aired the second episode despite the fact that the second episode is the 'flashback' episode, and derives much of its humor from the fact that it flashes back almost exclusively to the first episode. Additionally, the second episode aired without the scene from "Flintstone's List", the fictional RST Video rental that spoofed Schindler's List.

All six episodes were released on DVD (as well as VHS) in 2001, marking one of the first occasions in which a short-lived TV series found success in this format. The DVD commentary features cast and crew who frequently cite their disagreements with the network over the show's development. The entire series was eventually aired on Comedy Central on May 14, 2004. In 2006, digital freeview channel ITV4 in the UK, began broadcasting episodes late on Monday nights. Starting November 14, 2008, Adult Swim US began airing the series on Friday nights.[2]

Several scenes filmed for, but cut from, the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (but included on the film's DVD release) contain metafictional moments when Randal makes references to the animated series, as well as its cancellation. On his DVD commentary for the film, Smith said the intent was to make the quick cancellation of the series a running gag.

Clerks: The Animated Series was produced by The Curiosity Company, View Askew Productions in association with 20th Century Fox.

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] Episodes: 1999-2002

# Title Original airdate
1 "Pilot" March 7, 1999 (1999-03-07)
Billionaire Leonardo Leonardo returns to Leonardo, New Jersey and opens the Quicker Stop right across from the Quick Stop, nearly costing Randal and Dante their jobs.
2 "Death To Cold" November 7, 1999 (1999-11-07)
Dante and Randal get locked in the freezer. There, they look back on their lives, primarily in clips from the same and previous episode.
3 "Deadley Virus Attack Burritos" May 9, 1999 (1999-05-09)
Quick Stop is put under government control after Leonardo is said to have been infected with a deadly virus by a monkey at the new pet store next to RST Video.
4 "Dante vs Trials" January 9, 2000 (2000-01-09)
Jay sues the Quick Stop for 10 million dollars after slipping on Randal's soda.
5 "Dante and Randal and Jay and Silent Bob and a Bunch of New Characters and Lando Take Part in a Whole Bunch of Movie Parodies Including But Not Exclusive To, The Bad News Bears, The Last Starfighter, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Plus A High School Reunion" December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)
Leonardo Leonardo decides to let Dante manage his Little League team, which includes Jay and Silent Bob. Meanwhile, Randal is put into slave labor after beating the high score on an old video game.
6 "The Last Episode Ever" May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)
Dante and Randal work inside the Quick Stop discussing various things. Meanwhile outside Leonardo Leonardo attempts to take over the world with a private army prompting the U.S. military to retaliate inside Leonardo, New Jersey. Despite the loud amount of noise Dante and Randal never actually notice what's going on.

According to the DVD commentary, these were some ideas that were being considered for episodes of the show if it were to continue:

  • Randal exploits Jay by making "snoogans" a catch phrase, leading to Jay becoming a recording artist.
  • Randal buys KITT from Knight Rider at a used car lot. The car becomes jealous of Randal's relationship with Dante and attempts to kill Dante and impersonate him at the store (a reference to Single White Female). He manages to trick everyone except Dante (and likely Silent Bob) with his thin disguise.
  • Jay joins a boy band. Silent Bob is sad that Jay is gone, so Randal and Dante bring Bob in to work at the Quick Stop. He turns the store around and it becomes a great success. Silent Bob is given a piece of gum and says, "Mmm, Juicy Fruit," which shocks Dante and Randal asking him, "You can talk!?" (a reference to the Chief in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).
  • Allegedly in seventh or eighth episode, Dante and Randal would have added to their cast of friends a boy ward, named Robin, in a direct reference/parody of Batman's own "boy wonder", though like Lando, would probably not have been featured prominently. This plot element was most likely not intended to actually be part of series as it was described by Kevin Smith after mentioning that Paul Dini, best known for his work on Batman The Animated Series, had also worked on Clerks: The Animated Series.
  • The DVD commentary briefly mentioned an episode idea where Ben Affleck would play the King of Canada. The episode premise was also described as "the Aladdin parody."

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] Characters

Name Character(s)
Brian O'Halloran Dante Hicks
Jeff Anderson Randall Graves
Jason Mewes Jay
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Alec Baldwin Leonardo Leonardo
Dan Ethridge Mr. Plug
Tara Strong Giggling Girl # 1

Giggling Girl # 2

Walter Flanagan Fanboy
Bryan Johnson Steve-Dave Pulasti

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] Reception

Clerks: The Animated Series was named the 98th best animated series by IGN, comparing it to Firefly due to the few number of episodes. They specifically praised the second episode for its parody of the old television staple of clip shows, by showing clips of the previous episode as well as clips from the episode itself.[3]

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] Clerks: Sell Out

For several years following the series' cancellation, Smith has announced plans to make a straight-to-DVD film. The basic plot involved Dante and Randal making a movie about their lives at the Quick Stop, a reference to the production of the original film. As of September 2009, the status on the project is unknown. In a recent interview Kevin Smith expanded on the delays surrounding the film. Apparently, when Harvey and Bob Weinstein left Miramax, owned by Disney, the split was not completely amicable. The rights to the Clerks television show are still owned by the Disney Corporation, who as a result are reluctant to work with The Weinstein Company, throwing the future of Clerks: Sell Out into question.[4] At the 2007 Cornell Q/A Kevin said due to the Miramax/Weinstein argument "you will see a Jay and Silent Bob cartoon before Clerks: Sell Out."

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] References

  1. ^ The View Askewniverse - News - Clerks - Cancelled
  2. ^ [adult swim : Schedule]
  3. ^ "98, Clerks: The Animated Series". IGN. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  4. ^ MTV Movies Blog - Kevin Smith Hopes To Make Jay And Silent Bob Animated Film by Shawn Adler, December 3, 2007

[[[Clerks: The Animated Series|edit]]] External links

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