Naturally, Sadie
The cast: Rain, Margaret, Sadie, Jean, Walter, and Hal (from left to right)
GenreComedy drama
Created byBarbara Wiechmann
Developed by
  • Suzanne Bolch
  • John May
Starring
Opening themePerformed by
Angie Grant
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Steven DeNure
  • Neil Court
  • Beth Stevenson
  • John May
  • Suzanne Bolch
  • Brent Piaskoski
ProducerKevin May
Running time22 minutes
Production companyDecode Entertainment
Original release
NetworkFamily Channel
ReleaseJune 24, 2005 (2005-06-24) –
August 26, 2007 (2007-08-26)

Naturally, Sadie is a Canadian teen comedy drama that ran for three seasons from June 24, 2005 to August 26, 2007 on Family Channel.[1] The series was produced by Decode Entertainment.[2] It was created by Barbara Wiechmann, and developed by Suzanne Bolch and John May.

Plot

The plot centers on 14-year-old Sadie Hawthorne, who lives with her parents and brother Hal in Whitby, Ontario.[citation needed] She's a high school student and aspiring naturalist who loves to study and observe animal behavior. Luckily for her she has two best friends, Margaret and Rain, to back her up until she figures it all out. The series was originally titled and broadcast as Going Green, the name being changed to Naturally, Sadie when Shawn Hlookoff thought of the new idea.

Season 2 deals with Sadie as a sophomore in high school and sees her acting, feeling, and looking more like a typical teenager. From season 1 to season 2 the show's format changed greatly. There is more continuity between episodes and less focus on nature. Sadie no longer has a crush on Owen Anthony but now likes the new kid, Ben Harrison.

Season 3 deals with Sadie and Ben's relationship after they break up in the first episode. Margaret is still really into fashion and gives even more advice. Rain's old friend Taylor comes back into his life and they get closer and become a couple.

Episodes

Main article: List of Naturally, Sadie episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)September 18, 2005 (2005-09-18)
226April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02)January 14, 2007 (2007-01-14)
313June 3, 2007 (2007-06-03)August 26, 2007 (2007-08-26)

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Production

The series was produced by Decode Entertainment (which was later purchased by DHX Media Ltd.[3]). Although set in Whitby, Ontario, it was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, with school and home scenes shot inside a former Catholic elementary school in Little Italy, and mall scenes in the Dufferin Mall.[citation needed]

Broadcast

Naturally, Sadie was broadcast in Canada on Family Channel[1] and VRAK-TV. Outside of Canada, the series aired in 90 markets, and was broadcast on Disney Channel in the United States,[4] ABC in Australia, and France 2. It also aired on a number of international Nickelodeon channels, including Nickelodeon Australia, Nickelodeon Italy, Nickelodeon Israel, Nickelodeon Scandinavia, Nickelodeon Spain, Nickelodeon Asia, and Nickelodeon Germany.[2][5]

Home media

A best-of compilation DVD of Naturally Sadie was released on May 11, 2010 in the United States and Canada by Video Services Corp. The DVD contains 13 episodes over 2 discs from seasons 1 and 2.

In Australia, 2 volumes of season 1 have been released by distributor Roadshow. The first volume titled 'Forest For the Trees' contains episodes 1 to 6 and was released on June 1, 2011. The second volume titled 'Best of Enemies' contains episodes 7-12 and was released on December 2, 2011. The episodes are in their original widescreen aspect ratio. There are no plans to release the rest of the episodes at the moment.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2006 Chicago International Film Festival Special Achievement: Direction David Winning
(for ep. "Year of the Dragon")
Won
2006 Directors Guild of Canada Outstanding Television Series: Family Naturally, Sadie
(for ep. "Double Jeopardy")
Nominated
2006 Leo Awards Best Direction in a Youth or Children's Program or Series Naturally, Sadie
(for ep. "Double Jeopardy")
Nominated
2006 Shaw Rocket Prize Excellence in Children's and Youth TV Programming Naturally, Sadie Nominated [6]
2007 Writers Guild of Canada Youth Brent Piaskoski
(for ep. "Rashomon")
Won [7]
2007 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) –
Recurring Young Actor
Jacob Kraemer Nominated [8]
2008 Writers Guild of Canada Youth Brent Piaskoski
(for ep. "In or Out of Africa")
Won [9]

References

  1. ^ a b Ken Carriere (September 3, 2005). "Kidding around". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-01-12. Among the most notable of Family's 29 new series: Naturally, Sadie features a girl trying to come to grips with teenage behaviour by studying animals in the wild.
  2. ^ a b Etan Vlessing (October 30, 2007). "Decode takes 'Sadie' to Germany". The Globe and Mail. Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  3. ^ Shirley Won (April 17, 2007). "Salter Street sequel DHX sees future in kids' shows". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-01-12. Among the most notable of Family's 29 new series: Naturally, Sadie features a girl trying to come to grips with teenage behaviour by studying animals in the wild.
  4. ^ Tamsen Tillson (March 10, 2005). "Disney pickup's a natural for 'Sadie'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  5. ^ Brendan Kelly (April 7, 2005). "Nick picks up Canuck's 'Sadie'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  6. ^ "YTV's Being Ian series wins prize for children's TV". The Globe and Mail. May 5, 2006. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  7. ^ Brendan Kelly (April 24, 2007). "Canadian screenwriters honored". Variety. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  8. ^ "28th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
  9. ^ Gayle MacDonald (April 15, 2008). "Writers Guild of Canada honours screenwriters". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018-01-12.