One of Hollywood's more colorful denizens, Anna Nicole Smith, a large blonde with huge breasts and a bizarre life, was the subject of this humorous documentary series. The cartoon opening mocked her story - from waitress in a Texas diner, to topless dancer, to Playboy Playmate (1993), to Guess? jeans model, to her marriage (in 1994) to 89-year-old oil billionaire J. Howard Marshall II, who died shortly thereafter. Her squeaky voice, impulsive behavior and little-girl innocence led some to call her "a human train wreck," but viewers made The Anna Nicole Show one of the top cable hits of the summer of 2002. In her entourage were devoted friend and lawyer Howard K. Stern (no relation to the radio personality); tattooed, purple-haired young assistant Kim; shy, 16-year-old son Daniel, and pampered black toy poodle Sugar Pie. Episodes dealt with Anna's search for a house, attempts to furnish it (including a long-running battle between Stern and decorator Bobby Trendy), an impromptu trip to Las Vegas for lap dancing and revelry, and appearances at celebrity events as well as The Tonight Show and Larry King Live. "Ah love mah paparazzi," she drawled.
Anna had previously been the subject of one of the top-rated episodes of E! True Hollywood Stories, which gave the network the idea for this show.
Sugar Pie Anna's miniature poodle had a tendency to attempt to have intercourse with various inanimate objects, which became a running gag on the show. In the first season of the show Smith attempted to cure Sugar Pie of her habits by hiring a pet psychic
Anna Nicole Smith: (On Shakespeare): I think I would like him. He's kinky.
The real danger of something like "The Anna Nicole Show" is this gathering sense of resentment and depression for everyone asked to participate in the charade. Reviewed by: Walter Chaw of Film Freak Central.