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Sammy (NBC 2000, David Spade, Bob Odenkirk)



The father-and-son relationship is given a whole new twist Sammy, an animated comedy created and executive produced by comedian David Spade and Drake Sather. The series, loosely based on Spade’s unusual relationship with his real-life father, features Spade voicing the two lead characters of father and son.

James Blake is a twentysomething Hollywood celebrity who stars in ‘Hey, Rebecca,’ a fictional hit sitcom about a man pretending to be gay so he can share a Manhattan apartment with a supermodel. Sammy is James’ lovable, absentee and philandering father, whom James hasn’t heard from in years. The series kicks off when Sammy tries to re-connect with his family just days before the premiere of ‘Mongo Man,’ the feature film expected to launch James’ movie career.

While James’ live-in, incompetent handyman brother, Todd (Harland Williams), welcomes his father back with open arms, his older brother and business manager, Gary (Bob Odenkirk), is understandably reluctant to let Sammy back into their lives. James hovers cautiously in between, doubtful that his father has changed but nonetheless willing to give him another chance. With a passion for fast women, easy money and good times, Sammy blows back into town with tornado-like force, turning the lives of James and his family and friends upside down.

6 episodes were made but the series was very quickly cancelled after just two episodes.

production details
USA | NBC – Brad Grey Television – Desert Rat Productions | 6×25 minutes | Broadcast 8-15 August 2000

Creators: David Spade, Drake Sather
Executive Producers: David Spade, Drake Sather, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz, Richard Raynis

David Spade as Sammy Blake/Jamie Blake
Andy Dick as Mark Jacobs
Bob Odenkirk as Gary Blake
Harland Williams as Todd Blake
Jeffrey Tambor as Steve
Julia Sweeney as Marie
Maura Tierney as Kathy Kelly
Olivia Hack as Lola