Samantha Who? : Season 1

  • 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? plays the discovery parts nicely. The question for this show, as it gets a few episodes in, is a trickier one: Once Sam starts recognizing everything and everyone around her, and makes the necessary adjustments, what's left?
  2. 75
    Convincing both as the terrible woman she used to be and the nicer woman she's trying to be, Applegate holds the character together even when she's yelping or collapsing in a dither--though in the long run, less of that would be more.
  3. Samantha Who? is as perfectly realized a comedy as the fall has to offer.
  4. 80
    Samantha Who? is not only a sitcom but a pungently funny one about self-discovery, reinvention and the possibility that beauty may be only skin-deep, but bitch goes right down to the bone.
  5. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    Samantha Who? which is not nearly as cool a title, but still a sparkling comedy that treats its viewers as--gasp!--actual grown-ups.
  6. 80
    The show employs a terrific cast and runs with a promising premise.
  7. It's a bit old-fashioned, which in today's TV universe makes it seem light and fresh--like the entrancing Ms. Applegate herself.
  8. 75
    It's actually good ... and genuinely funny.
  9. Samantha Who? actually gets better as it goes along. There’s a lot of table-setting in this first episode, but I found myself enjoying a later episode, and Applegate is a big reason why.
  10. The show works because Ms. Applegate is the kind of comic actress who could never be completely believable as a goody-two-shoes. She puts a healthy ironic distance between herself and that dreaded entity, the better person her character must become. You look in her eyes, and, happily, you see a recidivist.
  11. 80
    Beyond its title, I have no quibble with this well-made, sly, heartwarming and at times giddily funny show.
  12. 63
    As appealing as Applegate is, the show itself struggles to produce laughs.
  13. 70
    The clever conceit is mostly successful in the series' opening episodes. But having it both ways has its costs, making Samantha smart and serendipitous, but never truly great.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  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 »