“Sam & Cat” premiered on Nick earlier in the month, and the pilot, filmed a year ago according to Ariana Grande, seemed to be all over the place for me.
Before the show even premiered, I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical of the whole plot. We’ve already learned how much trouble babysitting is on Jessie on Disney Channel. There’s only so much humor you can add to a plot that has already been successfully done.
I must say, though, there is no doubt that executive producer Dan Schneider worked his comedic magic. There were some pretty hilarious moments, including when Cat Valentine’s wacky grandma, Nona, was sleepwalking and folded Sam while she was in the couch. Then there were some moments when they should have put the laughing sound effects’ volume a bit higher, because there was simply nothing to laugh at.
There’s a reason why iCarly lasted just over five years, and that was partially because how unique and relatable in terms of the fact that it dealt with technology, specifically the internet, and making videos or seeing them, which just about every teen does nowadays. Our televisions were ready for a female duo, but not like this.
At the end of the day, I’m happy to report that the show achieved over 4.2 million total viewers on its first episode. Sam & Cat swept kid, tween and teen demos as number-one on Saturday, June 8th, among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Tweens 9-14, and Teens 12-17. Not bad for the first double spin-off on television, but we’ll see how long that’ll continue.