‘Somebody Somewhere’: Is the Show Based on a True Story?

By Louie Fecou
Published: April 25, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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Somebody Somewhere is partially based on true events. As is often the case with these kinds of shows, elements are included in the narrative that have been taken from real life, and Somebody Somewhere falls into this category.

There are plot points that have been directly taken from the life of Bridget Everett, who, previous to this show, was a well-loved singer, actress, and comedienne. Bridget was from a large family and was Kansas’s youngest of six children. Major themes, such as her reconnection and love for music, come from her life.

An interview with Variety would have the talented lead of the show revealing that the story is a sort of what-if narrative that supposes what her life might have been like if she had stayed in Kansas and never moved to New York. Bridget also talks about her grief at losing a sister, which is a significant part of the show’s plot.

Writers often use their own lives and experiences to inspire their scripts, so Bridget’s life seems to have been a template for many of the events in Somebody SomewhereThis means that the show contains elements of the truth despite not being a true story word for word.

What is Somebody Somewhere about?

After her loss, Sam naturally struggles with her situation and starts to feel that her small hometown is wearing her down. Her lack of social skills and problems within her family are also making life stressful, and Sam finds herself retreating from the world. With things at a low ebb, there is one silver lining in Sam’s life.

She meets a group of like-minded people in choir practice, and it is here that she finds a haven for her sorrow,

The choir group consists of different characters who do not conform to the tropes of society. This inspires Sam to embrace her differences and start to love herself.

Sam begins to come to terms with herself and her life, finding friends, companionship, and self-healing through her love of the choir and singing.

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