A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sitcom about an amnesiac who wants to become a better person occasionally deals with serious issues, like alcoholism and sexual affairs, but tends to treat the topics lightly. Expect frequent discussion of sex, including occasional mild innuendo. Couples sometimes kiss or embrace, and characters drink and hang out in bars. One character drinks frequently, and others joke about her being an alcoholic. Rare use of swear words like "damn" and "bitch."
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What's the story?
Christina Applegate stars in SAMANTHA WHO?, a comedy about a young woman with amnesia who finds out she used to be a not-so-nice person. As a blank slate, Sam confronts her past and tries to become a better person, despite the glimmers of her past personality that continue to burst through. Along for the ride are Sam's henpecked boyfriend Todd (Barry Watson), her nutty parents Regina (Jean Smart) and Howard (Kevin Dunn), and her best friend, party animal Andrea (Jennifer Esposito). Looking at her friends and family from her new perspective, Sam quickly realizes that she doesn't actually like many of them. Her mother is self-centered and deceitful, and her friend plies her with drinks despite knowing that she's in recovery.
Is it any good?
The show's somewhat silly premise is bolstered by Applegate's knack for comedy, which she honed during her days on Married... With Children. And while Samantha Who? doesn't shake the tired sitcom format, it still provides plenty of lightweight laughs.
Grown-up issues like alcoholism and affairs, along with several instances in which Sam is downright mean to others, make the show best for older teens and adults. That said, even these serious topics are treated lightly and don't get too edgy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether it's possible -- or desirable -- to completely reinvent yourself. What makes people want to change how they look, act, or think? What impact does the media have on how you perceive yourself? How about your peers? Teens: Is there something about yourself that you'd like to change? What, and why? Do you think anyone has opinions of you that aren't accurate? How can you change that? Should you?