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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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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 abc.com 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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This show was boring and I wish I didn't purchase it. I really couldn't follow along with the story.Published 3 months ago by Lucky7
My wife and I really enjoy the witty writing and Applegates acting is really great. Well played supporting characters. Just plain fun. Read morePublished 5 months ago by rosser
Fun show. Came as described. Price jumps around a lot, but when you see it at a reasonable price - I'd grab it!Published 5 months ago by Charles
Love this show! So sad that it only lasted 1 1/2 seasons (especially since tons of bad shows have lasted far longer). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Allison Arndt
A good, but under-rated show. Melissa McCarthy stole every scene. She was funny, fashionable and a wonderful foil to Christina Applegate.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
I must admit that I wasn't too enamored of Christina as judge on "So You Think You Can Dance," but, wow, I have done a total turn around. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Steinman