Netflix is getting its comedy on with a new Brazilian series, Samantha!
The streaming giant’s first Brazilian comedy, which was first announced last summer, takes us back into the country’s past, as we join its most beloved young celebrity in 1980s. That’s Samantha, a child star who has grown up to become a washed-up nobody. Today, people barely remember her, leaving her desperately clinging to the fringes of celebrity with hare-brained schemes to launch herself back into the spotlight.
Samantha is helped by her manager Marcinho, her kids, Cindy and Brandon, and even from her former husband and former soccer player, Dodoi. The show stars Emanuelle Araújo as Samantha, with Douglas Silva as Dodói. The cast also includes Sabrina Nonato, Cauã Gonçalves and Alice Braga.
The series marks Netflix’s continuing commitment to diverse Brazilian productions, which range from dystopian thriller 3% and corruption drama O Mecanismo to documentaries such as Laerte-se, period drama Coisa Mais Linda – charting the birth of Bossa Nova in Rio – and a new folklore-inspired series from Rio and Ice Age director Carlos Saldanha. Netflix has also commissioned stand-up comedy specials featuring Felipe Neto, Marco Luque and Clarice Falcão.
Samantha! arrives on Netflix on Friday 6th July. Here’s the trailer:
Samantha! is available on Netflix UK, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription.
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