Samantha!
Samantha! poster.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreSitcom
Created byFelipe Braga
Written byRoberto Vitorino
Patricia Corso
Rafael Lessa
Filipe Valerim
Directed byLuis Pinheiro
Julia Jordão
StarringEmanuelle Araújo
Douglas Silva
Sabrina Nonato
Cauã Gonçalves
Country of originBrazil
Original languagePortuguese
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14
Production
Executive producersRita Moraes
Felipe Braga
Alice Braga
Production locationSão Paulo
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time24-37 minutes
Production companyLosbragas
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06) –
April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)

Samantha! is a Brazilian comedy streaming television series. It is the first Brazilian comedy produced by Netflix[1] and the third Netflix series produced in Brazil, after 3% and O Mecanismo.[2] The first season was released on July 6, 2018.[3] It is directed by Luis Pinheiros and Julia Jordão, and scripted by Roberto Vitorino, Patricia Corso, Rafael Lessa and Filipe Valerim. The series follows Samantha, a former child star who had her own TV show and led the children's musical group Turminha Plimplom in the 1980s, and now schemes to launch herself back into the spotlight.[4]

Netflix confirmed the production of the series in February 2017, during a press conference given by its founder.[5] Its official teaser was released in June 2018, announcing its debut for the 6 of July of the same year.[6] Months earlier, the service confirmed the production of season two which premiered on April 19, 2019.[7][8]

On March 4, 2020, the series was canceled by Netflix.[9]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Special guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
17July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
27April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)

Season 1 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"Luis Pinheiro[10]Roberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)[10]
When Samantha's ex Dodói returns from prison and tries to prove he's a responsible parent, she realizes her career could benefit from his homecoming.
22"Episode 2"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
Samantha and Dodói shoot a beer commercial together, but the script's storyline proves challenging for both of them in different ways.
33"Episode 3"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
Brandon tries to whip his father into shape, Samantha guest-stars as a judge on a singing competition show, and Cindy surprises her entire family.
44"Episode 4"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
Dodói unknowingly hooks up with social media celebrity Laila. Samantha attempts to gain Instagram followers by taking a trip to "Paris."
55"Episode 5"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
When Samantha gets pulled into a reality show romance, her entire family is affected. Dodói tests out a career as a sports commentator on the radio.
66"Episode 6"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
To turn her bad karma around, Samantha sets out to honor Ciggy's last request: that the Plimplom Gang reunite and spread his ashes in Varre-Sai.
77"Episode 7"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoJuly 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
A face from the Plimploms' past returns to drop a bombshell on Samantha. Left at home without adult supervision, Cindy and Brandon get into trouble.

Season 2 (2019)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
81"Episode 1"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
When Samantha's ex-bandmates adapt a tell-all book about her into a movie that publicly denounces her as immature, she sets out to prove them wrong.
92"Episode 2"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Dodói spends the day trying to please his mother. Samantha decides to take a break from the media as Tico and Porky cast an actress to play her.
103"Episode 3"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Samantha tries out feminism, much to Cindy's dismay. Dodói goes to therapy. Brandon's grandmother persuades him to test out a new passion.
114"Episode 4"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
In an attempt to win over an experimental theater director, Samantha attends a party with Dodói, who draws attention. Laila offers Cindy love advice.
125"Episode 5"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Carmen struggles to elicit feelings from Samantha, and even resorts to using a straitjacket, as the child star tries to suppress her emotional past.
136"Episode 6"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
When Samantha is unable to say the word "orphan", she enlists a specialist to help her mentally return to a pivotal moment in her career.
147"Episode 7"Luis PinheiroRoberto VitorinoApril 19, 2019 (2019-04-19)
Following Samantha's somber one-person play, an eager fan kidnaps the actress in order to try to convince her to be happy and optimistic again.

Reception

Critical response

Writing to the Cine Pop website, Rafaela Gomes praised Samantha!, giving the series a 4-star rating of 5: "Samantha! Brings with her a rich humor for her authentic contextualizations, playing with the mannerisms of both eras, placing us as spectators who observe these outside universes, and even be able to signal the ridiculous aspects with which we have become accustomed by virtue of familiarization." However, she adds that her first three episodes "stagger", with the series proving to be more interesting in the ensuing episodes, for its symbolic veracity created between the 80's and 2010.[11]

Doktor Bruce of Freak Pop, said that the series "it's simply ingenious", and considers it one of the best Brazilian comedies, addressing the absurdities that occurred on Brazilian TV in the 80's, and that it seeks current elements about those people who try to remain in the media at all costs.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Netflix Annuonces New Brazilian Series "Samantha!"". plus55. Archived from the original on 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  2. ^ "Samantha é a próxima série original da Netflix no Brasil". Omelete (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ Netflix Brasil (2018-04-11), Samantha! | Teaser | Netflix, retrieved 2018-04-29
  4. ^ "Série da Netflix, 'Samantha!' retrata artista mirim de carreira semelhante à de Simony". Folha de S.Paulo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  5. ^ "Samantha!, série brasileira da Netflix, ganha trailer oficial". OFuxico (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  6. ^ "'Samantha!': CEO da Netflix confirma produção de nova série brasileira". Pop Cultura (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  7. ^ "Samantha! é renovada para a 2ª temporada pela Netflix". AdoroCinema (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  8. ^ ""Samantha!" Is Back: More Mature. Way Less Famous". The Futon Critic. April 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Netflix cancela série brasileira Samantha! após duas temporadas" (in Portuguese). March 4, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Netflix gives another preview of Samantha!, its new national production". A Tribuna. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  11. ^ Marafon, Renato (27 June 2018). "Crítica - Samantha! – Série brasileira da Netflix é uma overdose maravilhosa dos anos 80". CinePOP (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  12. ^ Bruce, Doktor (27 June 2018). "CRÍTICA - Samantha! - Temporada 01 -". Portal Freakpop (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 July 2018.