• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 15, 2007
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Samantha Who? could easily be a complete mess. That it isn't is almost entirely due to Applegate, who brings sweetness, sarcasm and a steely edge to this story of a woman doing everything she can not to become the person she's always been.
  2. Samantha leaps from place to place as if its rapid pace could conceal the bumpy story line or at least suppress the observation that none of this makes much sense.
  3. 50
    Samantha is more of a smiler than a laugher. That's fine. But the comedy straddles straight-up storytelling with clumsy moments of broad comedy (no insulting pun intended).
  4. Applegate is charming, adorable and funny. But she's going to need that plus a car battery or a purposeful dip in the bathtub with a hair dryer to get much spark into this series.
  5. Samantha will battle against past unremembered sins, as the writers battle to bring their scripts up to Applegate's talents.
  6. The only person with untainted clues as to the person Samantha really was is the doorman to her apartment building, Frank (Tim Russ), and the combination of all these factors creates a premiere that is as pathetic as it is occasionally funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    As is, though, the series seeks a tone of whimsy and settles for irritating, leaving Applegate to look perpetually baffled and perhaps longing for the subtlety of "Married ... With Children," without doing much to humanize her character.
  8. Samantha Who? isn't remotely as bad as the worst of this season's rookie class ("Cavemen," "Big Shots," CBS' upcoming "Viva Laughlin"), but it's ultimately forgettable in a way that a show about an amnesiac would probably want to avoid.
  9. But like so many other shows in recent years, this concept would work better as a one-shot movie than as a weekly series.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. ShelleyA
    Jul 27, 2008
    10
    It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud, but I did it quite often during the first season of this show. I especially love Melissa It takes a lot for me to laugh out loud, but I did it quite often during the first season of this show. I especially love Melissa McCarthy's character. Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2012
    7
    The first series is funny enough and its good seeing Sam find her memories and stuff, but in season 2 the memories and the jokes have mostly run dry.
  3. ChrisS.
    Feb 15, 2008
    10
    One of my favourite comedy tv shows! Although the number of funny jokes are limited each episode, the plot and acting is extremely One of my favourite comedy tv shows! Although the number of funny jokes are limited each episode, the plot and acting is extremely eye-catching, and makes it very enjoyable to watch! Full Review »