Christina Applegate: 5 best TV roles of all time

Photo Credit: Dead To Me/Netflix/Saeed Adyani, Acquired From Netflix Media Center
Photo Credit: Dead To Me/Netflix/Saeed Adyani, Acquired From Netflix Media Center /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 07: Actress Christina Applegate accepts the Favorite Female TV Star award for”Samantha Who?” during the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for PCA)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 07: Actress Christina Applegate accepts the Favorite Female TV Star award for”Samantha Who?” during the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for PCA) /

2. Samantha Who? (2007-2009)

What it’s about: Samantha Who? follows 30-year-old real estate vice president Samantha Newly after she wakes up from a coma. As a result of a hit-and-run car accident, Samantha suffers from retrograde amnesia and soon learns that the old her was something of a selfish monster. With a clean slate and fresh start, Samantha sets out to make amends with those she has wronged and take advantage of her second chance to become a better person.

Who else co-stars: Aside from Christina Applegate in the titular role, Samantha Who? also stars Jennifer Esposito as Andrea, Melissa McCarthy as Dena, Barry Watson as Todd, Tim Russ as Frank, and Kevin Dunn and Jean Smart as Samantha’s parents, Howard and Regina. Notable guest stars throughout the series include Timothy Olyphant, Billy Zane, Eddie Cibrian, James Tupper, Eliza Coupe, Angie Harmon, and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Why it’s one of her best: After Jesse wrapped and Applegate appeared in two episodes of Friends, she focused on film, appearing in the movies The Sweetest Thing, View from the Top, and Anchorman (to name a few). But the late aughts would prove a fitting time for the star to make her grand return to the small screen with one of the most underrated comedies of all time. Even though it should have run for at least six seasons, Samantha Who? wrapped after two, but not before Jean Smart could win an Emmy for her role and Applegate could earn back-to-back Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG nominations.

Where to watch: While Samantha Who? isn’t streaming on a major platform like Hulu or Netflix, the complete series — the 15-episode first season and the 20-episode second season — is currently streaming on ABC.com and the ABC app for free without a cable subscription. (It could find its way onto Disney+, though…)