|Also known as||Samantha (in Canada)|
|Created by||David Strajmayster|
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||314 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Xavier Pujade-Lauraine|
|Running time||5 minutes each|
|Production company(s)||Big Nose
|Original channel||France 2|
|Picture format||4:3 (2004-2005)
|Original run||September 11, 2004 – June 30, 2007|
The series deals with the life of a blonde young woman, Samantha Lo, and her brunette friend, Chantal Matieu. As part of the comedic nature of the series, the roles are played by men, with David Strajmayster (credited as "Doudi") playing Samantha, and Guillaume Carcaud ("Pepess") starring as Chantal; Carcaud also plays various minor male and female roles in the show.
The series is presented in a "shortcom" (short sitcom) format, with each episode generally running for approximately 5 minutes each.
Early episodes in the series featured Samantha and Chantal attempting various activities or careers, with varying, comedic results; these most-often feature Samantha in many aspects of a given subject or career -- for example, in an episode focused on a supermarket, Samantha is portrayed as a shopper, a stockperson and a cashier; another example, which featured Samantha in court, portrayed her as a judge, a stenographer, an attorney, a plaintiff, a defendant and a spectator. Many of these episodes were taped in and around Paris, with some episodes shot on location in other parts of France. The series also featured a 12-part episode, which featured Samantha and Chantal on vacation in Marrakech, Morocco over Christmas and Réveillon. Samantha also has a crush on notable television host Jean-Luc Delarue; in one episode, Samantha and Chantal break into a TV studio in an attempt to meet Delarue face-to-face.
The show's final season (2006-2007) take place in Samantha's cottage ("gîte"), which her aunt, "Grande Tata Lo", has owned. Following the introduction of the gîte format, recurring characters were added, which bend towards the absurd -- featured characters, all played by other actors, include Simon, the troubled writer; Annabelle, the awkward businesswoman; Baul, the postman who reads other people's mail; hunters Gontrand and Ademar; and Daniel, a professor. The gîte episodes also included special guests, either playing themselves or other characters -- notable guests included Stéphane Bern, Olivier Minne and Jean-Marc Morandini.
The series was in production from 2004 to 2007; production ended when Strajmayster announced that a film based on the series is being produced. However, since the close of production of the series, no film was made, and Strajmayster and Carcaud have since moved on to other series.
The series was produced with funding from the CNC.
The series was first broadcast on France 2 from 2004 to 2007 in two-episode blocks weekdays at 7:50PM, before France 2's evening 8PM newscast, Journal de 20 heures; the series is still broadcast in repeats on France 4, Game One and Canal J, often seen in three-episode blocks.
- David Strajmayster ("Doudi"): Samantha Lo
- Guillaume Carcaud ("Pepess"): Chantal Matieu; miscellaneous characters
Added after the introduction of the "gîte" format
- Vincent Jaspard: Le Maire (The Mayor)
- Julien Cafaro: Baul
- Marie-Laure Descoureaux: Annabelle Delarinatonière
- Philippe Spiteri: Simon Quewa
- Philippe Vieux: Gontrand
- Eric Bougnon: Adémar
- Pierre-Yves le Louarn: Daniel
- Solange Milhaud: Consuella
- Lee Delong: Aniesca