40 Greatest Sketch-Comedy TV Shows of All Time

From Caesar to Schumer, 65 years of the Land Shark, the Chicken Lady and a bunch of Muppets

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37. 'The Amanda Show' (1999-2002)

By the age of 13, Amanda Bynes was already the breakout star of one trailblazing kid-sketch show, All That, and a perfect balance between Kristen Wiig's malleability with Chris Farley's surrealist physicality. "That's what's so great about her," said Bynes' What I Like About You co-star Leslie Grossman to ELLEgirl. "She's this beautiful girl, but she will spaz out and look weird for a laugh. She's not afraid of that." Leading The Amanda Show, the All That spin-off that dominated the Nickelodeon crowd from 1999 to 2002, Bynes crafted not only an entire universe of goofy, quotable characters (the show's superfan Penelope Taynt, the stars of teen soap parody Moody's Point), but she led an ensemble that turned out to be a launching pad for several other stars — including Drake Bell and Josh Peck of Drake & Josh and Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam. Not just funny, but unflinchingly bizarre: Now bring in the dancing lobsters!

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