Samantha Who?: The Complete First Season

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  • Samantha.WHO? That’s what Sam Newly, irresistibly played by Christina Applegate, would like to know! Upon waking up from an eight-day coma, she can’t remember a thing — not her boyfriend, her parents, her job, not even herself. Although some things are best left forgotten, Sam is determined to dig up the “goods” on herself. With a little help from her ex-boyfriend, ex-doorman, he

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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 … More >>

Samantha Who?: The Complete First Season

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5 Comments
  1. just love this show. Good comedy which are hard to find this day and age.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I love Christina Applegate! The show is funny, although I find it a bit too ‘nice’. But Christina is a unique actress and who else can make these incredible faces?! I will always be faithfull to her!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. As a lifelong t.v. fan, I just don’t know what we did before shows were available in complete seasons on DVD. Like a lot of people, I missed SAMANTHA WHO? during its initial run. And thanks to DVD, I can now rectify that mistake.

    The premise is simple enough: After waking from an 8-day coma with retrograde amnesia, a woman (the often-underrated Christina Applegate) sets about finding who she is. But the catch is that, who she WAS before her accident was not a nice person. At all. With the at-times dubious support of her family and friends, Samantha sets out to become a better person with the second chance she’s been given.

    Like I said, simple enough. But the writers don’t use amnesia as a cop-out for cheap laughs (an early episode makes an in-joke to this effect, referring to amnesia as a tool for “lazy writers”). It is instead used to illuminate the human condition, albeit with some very funny stumbles along the way. When Samantha starts having flashbacks to what will aptly become known as “bad Sam,” Applegate really gets to open up. As funny and innocent as she plays Sam in the present, the Sam of the past is a complete 180 turn into an evil, mean-spirited, backstabbing opportunist.

    It’s an addicting journey (again with the DVD sets…I watched the entire series in 2 days) that’s both funny and real. It’s not perfect, though, and the latter half of this abbreviated (15 episodes) season seems a bit unfocused. Still, Applegate–who also serves as a producer on the show–surrounds herself with an equally-adept cast, including Jean Smart, Melissa McCarthy and the somewhat underutilized Tim Russ as Samantha’s sage, dry-witted doorman.

    The only extra features are a far-too-brief montage of outtakes, and some deleted scenes. But there’s a nice foldout booklet included, in which the various characters offer advice to Samantha.

    The best thing about this season one set is that it made me a fan, hungry for the next season of Samantha’s story. There’s not that many sitcoms out there these days, and even fewer that one could call original. But SAMANTHA WHO? is quite refreshing. I know I won’t forget to watch it now. Ha ha…won’t forget, did you see what I did there?

    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. This is a great show, that allows my brain to take a little vacation from the hustle and bustle of things.. It is like a little vacation for my brain..
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Samantha Who? was a show I wrote off right away but I got hooked on the second season and sadly this show was cancelled last May. So I went back and watched the first season and wow what an intelligent, witty comedy. Christina Applegate is so adorable as Samantha, how can you not love this woman?! Jean Smart plays her mother and boy she steals every scene as well. Samantha Who? totally won me over, who would have guessed? Buy Season 1 and 2 today!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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