Sam & Cat
|Sam & Cat|
|Created by||Dan Schneider|
|Theme music composer||Michael Corcoran|
|Opening theme||"Just Fine", performed by Michael Corcoran|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||20 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dan Schneider
Jake Farrow (co-executive)
Robin Weiner (co-executive)
|Producer(s)||Christopher J. Nowak
Bruce Rand Berman
|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|
|Preceded by||iCarly, Victorious|
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 (from iCarly) and Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine (from Victorious). 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.
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 grandmother moves to a retirement home. 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. Also involved in their lives are Dice (Cameron Ocasio), their next door neighbor, who is notorious for aiding people for money, Cat's cheerful and supportive grandmother, Nona (Maree Cheatham), who decided to move into "Elderly Acres", which is a home for the aged, and Goomer (Zoran Korach), a dim-witted professional MMA fighter whom Dice manages.
Cast and characters
- Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett, is aggressive, loves pranks, and also shows that she hates working. 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 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. She can be very emotional and doesn't take criticism very well. Despite her ditziness, she is very intelligent and empathetic. She also has an addiction to bibble (a fictional, but apparently popular British popcorn-like snack). She also thinks that Sam's last name is Puckle, which is a recurring gag on the show.
- Cameron Ocasio as Dice, is Sam and Cat's neighbor. He's 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, 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.
- Maree Cheatham as Nona Valentine, is 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 a professional basketball player named Bob McAdoo
- Zoran Korach as Gommer, is a professional mixed martial artist. 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 Gieux Merr.
- Griffin Kane and Emily Skinner as Max and Chloe, and 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. 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 will also be in #RevengeOfTheBritBrats where they return and drive a wedge between Sam and Cat.
- Eric Lange as Mr. Sikowitz, Cat's acting teacher at Hollywood Arts, an eccentric aging 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. He often walks around barefoot when he teaches. Other than being a recurring character in the show "Victorious" (from which Sam and Cat was spun off from) and appearing in person in one episode of Sam and 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 "Salmon Cat", a TV show from the 1970s.
- 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.
- River Alexander as Dilben, is a resident of Sam and Cat's building. 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. Dilben likes wearing capes, and 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.
- Ben Giroux as Jeff Du Shell, is 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.
- Tyler Michael Brown and Rashaan Smith as Bob and Ethan, are 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, is a 3-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, is 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 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 her.
- Jack DeSena as Host of Texting Competition, is the host of the texting competition that Sam and Butler compete in.
|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 millions viewers. The second episode devuted on June 15, 2013, drawing an audience of 2.6 millions viewers.. The most watched episode of the moment is the pilot episode with 4.2 millions viewers, and the least watched episode is "#SecretSafe" aired on August 10, 2013 with 2.0 millions viewers.
Common Sense Media gave the series two stars, saying it generates laughs "at the expense of any realistic content."
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|United States||Nickelodeon||NONE||June 8, 2013|||
|NONE||August 12, 2013
September 7, 2013
| United Kingdom
|Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland)||September 1, 2013||October 14, 2013|||
||Nickelodeon (Australia)||September 30, 2013||October 11, 2013|||
|New Zealand||Nickelodeon (New Zealand)||September 30, 2013||October 7, 2013||
Awards and nominations
|2013||J-14 Teen Icon Awards||Icon TV Show||Sam & Cat||Pending|
|Icon TV Actress||Ariana Grande||Pending|
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