Sam & Cat
|Sam & Cat|
|Created by||Dan Schneider|
|Theme music composer||Michael Corcoran|
|Opening theme||"Just Fine", performed by Backhouse Mike|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||31 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dan Schneider
Jake Farrow (co-executive)
Robin Weiner (co-executive)
|Producer(s)||Christopher J. Nowak
Bruce Rand Berman
|Location(s)||Nickelodeon on Sunset
|Camera setup||Videotape (filmized); Multi-camera|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Schneider's Bakery
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||June 8, 2013– present|
Sam & Cat is an American teen sitcom that premiered June 8, 2013, on Nickelodeon. It is a crossover spin-off/sequel of both iCarly and Victorious. It stars Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett and Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine. The girls meet by chance during a bizarre adventure and become roommates, then start a babysitting business to earn extra money.
The series was picked up for 20 episodes on November 29, 2012. It began production in January 2013 and premiered on June 8, 2013. The first season was doubled to 40 episodes on July 11, 2013. At the Nickelodeon upfront meeting with advertisers March 13, 2014 Nickelodeon programming president Russell Hicks stated that Sam & Cat has been renewed for a second season. However, other Nickelodeon sources stated that as of March 31, 2014[update] a renewal decision has yet to be made.
Ever since Carly Shay has moved to Italy, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) has been touring the West Coast by motorcycle and stops in Los Angeles. She witnesses Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) being thrown into the back of a garbage truck and rescues her. They become friends and Cat convinces her to become roommates after Cat's cheerful and supportive grandmother Nona (Maree Cheatham) moves to a retirement home called Elderly Acres. To make money, rather than getting traditional after school jobs, they form an after-school babysitting business that leads them into a series of comical adventures. Besides Nona, other people that are also involved in their lives are Dice (Cameron Ocasio), their next door neighbor who is notorious for aiding people for money, and Goomer (Zoran Korach), a dim-witted professional MMA fighter whom Dice manages.
Cast and characters
- Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett, she is aggressive, loves pranks, and also shows that she hates working. Following her best friend Carly Shay moving to Italy, Sam was touring the west coast on her motorcycle until she saved Cat from a garbage truck. She became friends with Cat and joined her in the babysitting job they started. She secretly has a heart of gold and a soft spot for Cat, but she'll threaten violence to anyone. Sam is not afraid of anything, and is handy at fighting or bossing her way out of any situation.
- Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine, she is sweet, naive, bubbly and almost always happy. She has a playful nature, often takes things very literally, and faints when she is frightened. She has a very short attention span, and has bright red hair dyed to resemble her favorite snack red velvet cupcake. Cat was living with her grandmother Nona while her parents are away visiting her brother and that she didn't want to live with her mean aunt and uncle. She can be very emotional and doesn't take criticism very well. Despite her ditziness, she is very intelligent and empathetic. Cat also has an addiction to bibble (a fictional but apparently popular British popcorn-like snack) which was enough to get her banned from a store that sells bibble. She also thinks that Sam's last name is Puckle or pumpkin, which is a recurring gag on the show.
- Cameron Ocasio as Dice, is Sam and Cat's neighbor who lives with his mom and his crazy Aunt Ferjeen (who is notorious for having "night gas"). He is cool, calm and collected, and he knows all the tenants and all the gossip. He makes extra money by wheeling and dealing, often selling unusual items like hair cuttings from celebrities (one of the hair cuttings he obtained was from Sam), hats with misspelled logos, and odd gadgets. He is a talented pitchman. Dice manages a mixed martial arts fighter named Goomer who is not very bright and accidentally buys a pygmy goat when he thought he was buying a coat. The episode "#SuperPsycho" revealed that Dice's full name is Diceneo James Corleon at the time when Sam and Cat went to Nevel Papperman for a clue on where Nora Dershlit is holding Dice.
- Maree Cheatham as Nona , Cat's cheerful, supportive, and independent grandmother. Fun-loving and young at heart, Nona nonetheless prefers the company of people her own age. Although she's always around whenever Sam and Cat need her, she moved out of the apartment she shared with Cat and into Elderly Acres to be nearer to her friends, allowing Sam to move in permanently. Nona used to babysit the kids in her building, but felt that it was becoming too stressful. As seen in "#Pilot", she sleepwalks. In the episode "#MadAboutShoe", Nona revealed she moved to Buffalo, New York right after graduating from college and dated professional basketball player Bob McAdoo
- Zoran Korach as Goomer, a professional mixed martial artist who trains at Punchy's Gym. He is 27 years old but has the mental ability of someone much younger. He is very dim-witted and easily confused. Despite his childish nature, he is very good at fighting. Dice took over his management after his original manager claimed Goomer was "too stupid to manage". In "#MommaGoomer", it's revealed that he was adopted and his real name is Gieu Merr at the time his mother visited. Although Goomer's mother disapproved his current job, she later approved when Goomer had beaten up three people that tried to rob her.
- Griffin Kane and Emily Skinner as Max and Chloe, a brother and sister alongside their baby brother Darby were among the less rambunctious kids babysat by Nona; Sam and Cat babysit them now. In "#Pilot" when Sam and Cat take them to visit Nona at Elderly Acres, they "borrow" a mobility scooter and drive to Inside-Out Burger where they order food they can't pay for. The overweight store manager chases them on foot to get their payment, but collapses from exhaustion. Sam and Cat revive him by performing CPR their way. In "#NewGoat", they prank call people while Sam is in the bathroom. Rather than scold them, Sam teaches them how to make better prank calls.
- Sophia Grace & Rosie as Ruby and Gwen, two British girls that Sam & Cat babysit in the episode "#TheBritBrats". At first they seem polite, but later they behave quite rudely. They are experienced con artists who bilk Dice out of $500 and Cat out of her beloved bicycle. In a loose parody of The Sting, Sam concocts a rigged bingo game to trick the British brats into surrendering Dice's money and Cat's bike. They also were in #RevengeOfTheBritBrats where they return and drive a wedge between Sam and Cat.
- Dan Schnieder as the voice of Tandy, a red robot that works at the restaurant "Bots" as a waiter.
- Lisa Lillien as the voice of Bungle, a blue female robot that works at the restaurant "Bots" as a waitress.
- Nick Gore as Randy, a kid who appeared numerous times in the show and is constantly introducing himself. Randy is a recurring character because Dan Schneider found Randy's actor funny.
- Ronnie Clark as Herb, a local homeless man who has good things always happen to him.
- Ryan P. Shrime as Yokvish, a clerk at the Handy Quick who enjoys taking selfies and grooming himself.
Special guest stars
- Eric Lange as Mr. Sikowitz, Cat's acting teacher at Hollywood Arts, an eccentric aging hippie who doesn't wear shoes sometimes (one of the supposed traits of a hippie). His methods are often very strange (such as throwing a ball at Cat while she is performing), but at times he is very effective. Other than being a recurring character in the show Victorious (off from which Sam & Cat was spun) and appearing in person in one episode of Sam & Cat, he also appears in a picture near Cat's bed.
- Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams as Sylvia Burke and Janice Dobbins, the original creators of the puppet show Salmon Cat, a TV show from the 1970s. On a related note, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams are famous for playing Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney respectively on Laverne & Shirley.
- Kel Mitchell, as Peezy B, a huge rap star who hires Sam to be his assistant. But the gig causes problems for Cat, who finds babysitting much more challenging without Sam around to help.
- Abby Wilde as Stacy Dillsen, a college student who was injured during a bicycle incident and had lost one of her shoes which Cat had found leading her to find the second shoe.
- Scott Baio as Officer Kelvin, a police officer who arrests Sam and Cat for "stealing money" from an ATM at the Handy Quick when Yokvish catches on to Cat's activity.
- Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West, Cat's friend from Hollywood Arts. She is mean, aggressive, and violent. She often offends Cat and befriends Sam.
- Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson, Sam's friend from Seattle and ex-boyfriend. He likes technological stuff, and served as technical producer of the iCarly web show on iCarly. Cat once brought him to her house in order to flirt with her at the time when Sam was hanging out with Jade.
- Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro, Cat's friend and love interest. He is a nerd who carries a puppet named Rex, who he makes speak as a ventriloquist. He kissed Cat in one of the final episodes of Victorious. When Cat was hitting on Freddie out of jealousy of Sam's friendship with Jade, Robbie was brought in by Jade so that Sam can hit on him.
- Michael Eric Reid as Sinjin Van Cleef, Cat's friend from Hollywood Arts. He is very odd and stalker-ish guy who has a huge crush on Jade West. He appeared in "#BlooperEpisode" telling Zoran Korach that he knows what he's like to be left out for not being a main character.
- Danielle Morrow as Nora Dershlit, an old enemy of Carly, Sam, and Freddy. In "#SuperPsycho," her pet chicken Maurice helped Nora escape from the prison that is near Seattle so that she can exact her revenge. Due to Carly being in Italy, Nora tricked Gibby into giving her Sam's current address which leads to her capturing Dice.
- Reed Alexander as Nevel Papperman, an old enemy of Carly, Sam, and Freddy. In "#SuperPsycho," Nevel was seen in a hospital for the very sick upon contracting Porcupox (a disease which somehow came from a porcupine) and his mother had to transfer him there. Sam and Cat visited him in order to get advice on how to find Nora Dershlit.
- Noah Munck as Gibby Gibson, a friend of Carly, Sam, and Freddy. After he was visited by Nora during his date with a girl at a movie theater, Gibby tips off Sam that Nora had escaped from prison.
- River Alexander as Dilben, a resident of Sam and Cat's building who likes to wear capes. He pretends that his father is the landlord, but his father is just another tenant. Dilben is painfully embarrassed by his father's real job (he sells wide shoes to wide-footed women). Dilben managed to fool everyone for years; even Nona was convinced he was the landlord's son. Dilben pretends to evict Sam and Cat from their apartment until his father arrives and reveals the truth. Sam likes to take away his capes and redress him so that his shirt is around his waist and his pants are over his head (which often leave a hole where his head is placed).
- Ben Giroux as Jeff Du Shell, the producer of Sam and Cat's favorite television show, That's a Drag! (a sit-com in which a family dresses in drag). Cat pleads with him and hangs from the hood of his car for 17 miles in an unsuccessful attempt to convince him to save the show from cancellation (which Jeff is unable to do).
- Tyler Michael Brown and Rashaan Smith as Bob and Ethan, two kids that Sam and Cat babysit. Ethan continually asks questions about anything and everything, and Bob is very clingy, particularly to people's legs. The two are so overbearing they (unintentionally) manage to irritate Cat of all people. Sam and Cat take the boys with them to the set of That's a Drag!, where Bob becomes trapped in a stage light and Sam has to rescue him. Cat later abandons them at Elderly Acres, reasoning that "old people love little children". Even Nona can't tolerate them.
- Jake Brennan as Butler Torso, a three-time winner of the texting competition. He is forced by his mother, who considers Butler's victories as her own, to compete in the competition. Before the finals, Butler's mom glues Sam's hand to Cat's foot to prevent her from texting so Butler can win the meeting with the Vice President of the United States. Sam ends up texting with one hand and Butler drops his phone during the competition to get back at his mother.
- Susan Huckle as Debbie Torso, the domineering mother of Butler, who considers Butler's victories as her own. Before the finals of the Texting Competition, she glued Sam's hand to Cat's leg to prevent her from texting so Butler can win the meeting with the Vice President of the United States. Sam ends up texting with one hand and Butler drops his phone during the competition to get back at her.
- Jack DeSena as Host of Texting Competition, the unnamed host of the texting competition that Sam and Butler compete in.
- Aubrey K. Miller as Ellie, a girl Sam & Cat babysit who always has her stuffed animal, Poober.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||40||June 8, 2013||TBA|
On August 3, 2012, Nickelodeon announced that Dan Schneider, the creator of iCarly and Victorious, would be making a pilot for a spin off of both shows called Sam & Cat. The pilot was ordered in August 2012. The series was picked up for 20 episodes on November 29, 2012, with the show planned to premiere in 2013. The series began production in January 2013. The show then premiered in the United States on June 8, 2013. On July 11, 2013, Nickelodeon doubled Sam & Cat's season one twenty episode order, leading to season one having forty episodes. Filming is scheduled to resume in early September 2013 to finish the second half of the first season.[needs update]
It was announced in January 2013 that Schneider was originally aiming for March 23, 2013, along with the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, as the premiere date for the show, however, on February 26, 2013, Nickelodeon announced at their Upfront event that Sam & Cat would make its debut in the fall. On April 18, 2013, it was announced that the show would premiere on Nickelodeon in June 2013. It was announced on May 11, 2013, that Sam & Cat would premiere on June 8, 2013.
The pilot episode debuted on Nickelodeon on June 8, 2013, drawing an audience of 4.2 million viewers. The second episode debuted on June 15, 2013, drawing an audience of 2.6 million viewers. As of January 21, 2014[update], the most watched episode is "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie," which aired January 18, 2014, to 4.8 million viewers. The second most watched episode is the pilot episode, which premiered to 4.2 million viewers, and the least watched episode is "#SecretSafe" aired on August 10, 2013 with 2.0 million viewers. In the United Kingdom the series premiere delivered 340,000 viewers, the most for that week. The Halloween episode premiere on October 26, 2013 brought 210,000 viewers staying in the same place.
In December 2013, Common Sense Media gave the series two stars over five, saying it generates laughs "at the expense of any realistic content."
Worldwide the series airs on Nickelodeon. It premiered in Canada on August 12, 2013 on YTV and on September 7, 2013 on the original channel. The show previewed on September 1, 2013 and premiered on October 14, 2013 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It previewed on September 30, 2013 and premiered on October 7, 2013 and October 11, 2013 in New Zealand and Australia, respectively. In Southeast Asia it started airing on October 19, 2013. The series premiered in South Africa on November 4, 2013.
Awards and nominations
|2013||J-14 Teen Icon Awards||Icon TV Show||Sam & Cat||Nominated|
|Icon TV Actress||Ariana Grande||Nominated|
|2014||ANMTVLA Awards||Best Children Series in 2013||Sam & Cat||Nominated|
|ANMTV Brazil Awards||Best child and adolescent series exhibited in 2013||Sam & Cat||Nominated|
|2014 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Show||Sam & Cat||Won|
|Favorite TV Actress||Ariana Grande||Won|
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