The Samsonadzes

The Samsonadzes (Georgian: სამსონაძეები, Samsonadzeebi) is a Georgian animated television sitcom created and produced by Shalva Ramishvili. It first aired in Georgia in November 2009.[2] It almost immediately became a "hit", "taking Georgia by storm" and "sho[oting] to the number two spot among the most-popular shows on one of Georgia's main TV channels".[3] It has been described as "bearing more than a passing resemblance" to the American animated television sitcom The Simpsons.[2]

The Samsonadzes are "a yellow-skinned cartoon family, consisting of a dopey husband" (Gela Samsonadze, who works in a bank) "and his lavishly coiffed wife, who live in a made-up city with their children", Shorena and Gia. They also have a parrot, Koke.[2] Their home city has been noted for its apparent resemblance to Tbilisi.[1]

Ramishvili has stated that the series aimed to be "relevant to Georgian reality and touch on social issues that will resonate with a Georgian audience",[2] while its chief scriptwriter, Zviad Bliadze, explained: "We just took an average family and made a parody of the common traits, like laziness or love of alcohol."[3]

The series has attracted some attention by featuring Russian leaders in a negative light, in a context of tense Georgia–Russia relations. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears in one episode, sending a spy into Georgia.[2] Ramishvili described this criticism of the Russian government as "simply our civil liberty and duty".[4] The Independent, however, has remarked that there are "no plans to introduce the controversial Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili" into the programme, and Russia Today has noted that the series' creators "make lots of fun of Russian politicians, while forgetting their own."[3]

The Samsonadzes
The Samsonadzes, Oct 2009
GenreAnimation
Comedy
Created byShalva Ramishvili
Country of originGeorgia
Original language(s)Georgian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18[1]
Release
Original networkImedi TV
Original releaseNovember 2009 –
2010

Episodes

Season 1

  • 0. rogor sheqmna samsonadzeebi (How to Create a Samsonadzes)
  • 1. samsaxuri bankshi 1tetris gamo ar daagvianot (Work on Bank For 1 Money)
  • 2. droxa ar gaiyida (Please get me away Cow)
  • 3. brdzola kinoze: qeto da kote (Battle for Movie: Qeto and Kote)
  • 4. matyuara shen, shen martla matyuara, mcxvenia (You're the Evil)
  • 5. ormagi gela (Double Gela)
  • 6. 3054 G2S1
  • 7. dodos vakacia (Dodo's Vacation)
  • 8. es dzarcvaa! (That's Evil-Team)
  • 9. gela asrulebs ocnebebs (Gelatown's First Land of Santa's Surprise)
  • 10. boroti samsonadzeebis ojaxi (Evil Samsonadzeebi's Family)
  • 11. Simpsonebi samsonadzeebshi (Simpsons on My Family)
  • 12, 13. ra aris bedoba nawili 1 da 2
  • 14. bevri fuli ojaxshi (Most Money in Family)
  • 15. fantastikuri dzala ojaxshi (Most Power on Family)
  • 16. diktatoruli yinuli (Dictatoring Ice)
  • 17. lavas miwa (Hot-Lava-Land)
  • 18. boroti daqali dodos (Evil Dodo's Girlfriend)

References

  1. ^ a b "Putin appears in Georgia's Simpsons-like cartoon show", British Broadcasting Corporation, February 3, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e "Georgia's answer to 'The Simpsons'", The Independent, December 18, 2009
  3. ^ a b c "Georgian Simpsons-like movie: feel the difference" Archived 2010-01-22 at the Wayback Machine, Russia Today, January 19, 2010
  4. ^ "Georgia's answer to the Simpsons", The Guardian, January 15, 2010

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The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after his own family members, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show on April 19, 1987. After three seasons, the sketch was developed into a half-hour prime time show and became Fox's first series to land in the Top 30 ratings in a season (1989–90).

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