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Samantha Who?: Season 1

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DESCRIPTION: What if you had the chance to start over, to do it all again? For Samantha Newly, this fantasy becomes a reality after a hit and run accident leaves her in an eight day coma. When she awakens in the hospital, she is surrounded by family and friends. The only problem is that she has no idea who they are or who she is. In medical terms, Sam has retrograde amnesia, which allows her to fully function in the world but leaves her with no personal memories. Most people would deem this disorder a curse. But Sam may come to call it a miracle. As she sets out to rediscover herself, Sam is forced to rely on the only people who can help her an eclectic bunch of friends and family. Although now strangers to Sam, it s not long before she begins to get an idea of who she was before the accident. END

An ingenious and funny sitcom, Samantha Who? stars Christina Applegate as a selfish and crass businesswoman who gets amnesia during a car accident. Getting acquainted with her old life, Samantha receives a second chance at being a decent and thoughtful friend and daughter, but often stumbles in her strained efforts to be a force for good. Applegate's Samantha is initially shocked at her pre-amnesia reputation for cruelty, random displays of power, meanspiritedness to co-workers, a lack of compassion for her boyfriend Todd (Barry Watson), and brutality toward a childhood friend, Dena (Melissa McCarthy). More than any of that, however, Samantha is pained by her apparent, longtime estrangement from her mother (Jean Smart) and father (Kevin Dunn), wondering how on Earth she could have done without them in her life.

The first 10 or so episodes of Samantha Who? find the new-and-improved heroine trying hard to capitalize on a different personality and perspective on things. She apologizes for old slights and unintentional, new mistakes, and leaves a lot of goodwill and some confusion in her wake. But with time and flashes of remembrance of her old life, Samantha slowly becomes a hybrid of her new sweetness and vintage schemer. Both devil and angel, she becomes a more balanced survivor and pretty funny character. The show's creators and writers give the superb cast great material and lines on the theme of rampant dissatisfaction in relationships and hope for the future. The scenes between Applegate and Smart, especially, are the stuff of an instant classic. The second half of Samantha Who: The Complete First Season loses a bit of steam, generating a little less laughter, though story ideas are still fresh and original. But on the whole, this is a series to embrace. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Christina Applegate, Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn, Melissa McCarthy
  • Format: Color, Surround Sound, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 322 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWF02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samantha Who?: Season 1" on IMDb

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Millie on June 15, 2008
Format: DVD
Girl gets hit by a car, girl loses memory of everything before the accident,girl finds out that she was a VERY mean person, girl has a change of heart now that she has a chance to start over, gril wants to be nice and correct the mistakes that her mean self did before she lost her memory.

After watching one episode of this show I was laughing and wanting more. Christina Applegate is amazing in this. Her acting is just so dead on making you laugh at how she exaggerates everything. Jennifer Esposito (who plays Andrea, Samantha's best, and only, friend before her memory loss) is also very funny in this because she basically plays a friend that is always drunk/hung over and very mean.
Samantha's parents in this are just hysterical because they are the typical mom and dad that are still treating their adult daughter like a child and ignoring her opinions and driving her crazy.
Even though a lot of people are saying that the story is not very original, I think that they get a lot of mileage out of it.
If you aren't sure that you will like this show after (at most) 2 episodes watch it on first and then decide whether you want more.
I am absolutely getting this because it kept me laughing through the whole episode. Even though the episodes are less than 1/2 hour long, I think that it is a good way to keep people begging for more. I nearly lost my mind one week when ABC announced that it would instead air "Dancing With the Stars" for the entire night!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard H. Langley on October 24, 2008
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i felt it was cute.for a 72 year old conservative male who prefers tv shows from 60 to 80s,i enjoyed the episodes i have watched
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Lee on June 19, 2009
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It's been a long time since a sitcom has been worth sitting down for every week for me. The canned laugh tracks, the forced jokes become a bit much. Samantha Who is refreshing in it's candor and wit. The jokes don't feel like they're trying too hard, the chemistry between everyone in the cast is undeniable, though some of my favorite scenes are the ones between Frank and Samantha. Every cast member pulls their weight and they feed off of each other. Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Jean Smart are hilarious, not to mention Suki ( I don't know the actor's name, she will forever be Suki from the Gilmore Girls to me) and her adorableness.
Samantha lost her memory after a car accident and for most of the first season we're treated to a loveable, mildly ditzy, but ultimately charming girl struggling to piece together the puzzle of herself. The answers she finds are shocking and dismaying to say the least.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 18, 2008
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I really came to enjoy SAMANTHA WHO during its strike-shortened first season. The premise was not necessarily all that brilliant -- a complete jerk of a human being loses her memory in a car accident and gets a fresh shot at her life -- but it provided a great platform for Christina Applegate to play a character who is in the process of self-recreation.

This is not going to go down as one of the great series ever nor even as one of the finest comedies. It was not even the best new comedy of the 2007-2008 season (that title belongs to ALIENS IN AMERICA, but since I apparently was only one of about four dozen people to watch that one, no one knows that). No question most of the appeal lay in Applegate's wonderfully appealing performance in the lead role. Even though everything we learned about the old, bad Samantha was reprehensible, it was delightful to see her gamely take a new shot at life. And she is aided by some great supporting players. I especially loved Melissa McCarthy, best known to most TV viewers as Sookie St. James from THE GILMORE GIRLS, who plays Sam's childhood best friend Dena, whom she jettisoned as they aged and Sam moved into the cool crowd while Sam joined the uncool crowd. Jennifer Esposito is great as the one person who was friends with the bad, old Sam and continues to be friends with the new, nicer Sam. Barry Watson is excellent as Sam's ex-boyfriend Todd (who is still living in her condo), who starts the series off sheepish about telling her that they broke up shortly before her accident to finding himself newly attracted to the nicer version of his old girlfriend. Kevin Dunn and Jean Smart are great as Sam's parents. The one character I wish they could do more with is Tim Russ as Frank the doorman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on July 8, 2009
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Samantha wakes up on a hospital bed, having suffered a car accident that left her in a coma for eight days. Now she's got amnesia. She's got no recollection of her parents, her best friend and her (ex) boyfriend. So as she tries to regain her life, what little she knows of it, she realizes that she wasn't a very nice person before the accident. She was calculative, backstabbing, self-centered and faithless. And whenever she has flashbacks, it is always about something unpleasant she'd said or done to a loved one. So she sees her lost memory as a clean slate. She is now the "Good Samantha," except that at times this good Samantha finds herself doing some not-so-good things.

I love this TV show. It is so well written and genuinely funny. Christina Applegate is awesome; I have been a fan of hers since Married... with Children. Cecelia Ahern -- author of P.S., I Love You and Love, Rosie (a.k.a., Where Rainbows End) -- created this show and I couldn't enjoy it more. I also love the cast. Samantha's feeble and eccentric parents (Jean Smart and Tim Russ) and her BFF Andrea (Jennifer Esposito) are hilarious. I also like Dena (Melissa McCarthy), Samantha's chubby former high school buddy. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Todd (Barry Watson), Samantha's ex-boyfriend. She is silly when she's around him, but he also gets on my nerves. I couldn't help but wonder why she doesn't order him to move out of her apartment. Anyway, I like the DVD (in spite of its limited features) and I so look forward to picking up season two. This show isn't as popular as it should be, and I'd be surprised if ABC does a season three. It's too bad, because this is one of the funniest shows on the air, in my opinion.
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