From Scratch (TV series)

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From Scratch
Netflix poster
GenreRomance drama
Created byAttica Locke & Tembi Locke
Inspired byFrom Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home
by Tembi Locke
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Attica Locke
  • Tembi Locke
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Lauren Neustadter
  • Richard Abate
  • Jermaine Johnson
  • Will Rowbotham
  • Zoe Saldaña
  • Bryan J. Raber
  • Mariel Saldaña
  • Cisely Saldaña
  • Judd Rea
  • Guy J. Louthan
Production locations
  • Brian Pearson
  • Patrick Murguia
  • Jim Flynn
  • Shannon Baker Davis
  • Jordan Goldman
  • Tana Plaengprawat
Running time49–58 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)

From Scratch is an American romance drama television miniseries created by Attica Locke and Tembi Locke for Netflix. Inspired by Tembi Locke's memoir of the same name,[1] it stars Zoe Saldaña and Eugenio Mastrandrea. Its eight episodes premiered on October 21, 2022.[2] Attica Locke was series showrunner.

Cast and characters[edit]



  • Lorenzo Pozzan as Filippo
  • Peter Mendoza as Andreas
  • Jonathan D. King as Silvio
  • Terrell Carter as Ken
  • Saad Siddiqui as Dr. Atluri
  • Rodney Gardiner as Preston
  • Jonathan Del Arco as David



No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal release date
1"First Tastes"Nzingha StewartAttica Locke & Tembi LockeOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
2"Carne e Ossa"Nzingha StewartAmy WangOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
3"A Villa. A Broom. A Cake."Nzingha StewartTembi Locke & Jason Coffey and J.J. BraiderOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
4"Bitter Almonds"Dennie GordonMarguerite MacIntyreOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
5"Bread and Brine"Dennie GordonJoshua AllenOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
6"Heirlooms"Dennie GordonJason CoffeyOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
7"Between the Fire and the Pan"Nzingha StewartMarguerite MacIntyreOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)
8"Aftertastes"Nzingha StewartAttica Locke & Tembi Locke and Joshua AllenOctober 21, 2022 (2022-10-21)



The series was announced on November 7, 2019. Zoe Saldaña was set to star and executive-produce.[3] The series was created by and executive-produced by Attica Locke and Tembi Locke.[1] Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson and Will Rowbotham were also executive producers. Nzingha Stewart, Guy Louthan, Emily Ferenbach, Cisely Saldaña, and Mariel Saldaña were its producers.[4]


Alongside the series announcement, Zoe Saldaña was cast.[3] In April 2021, Eugenio Mastrandrea, Danielle Deadwyler, Keith David, Kellita Smith, Judith Scott, Lucia Sardo, Paride Benassai, and Roberta Rigano were set to star.[4] One month later, Terrell Carter, Medalion Rahimi, Jonathan Del Arco, Peter Mendoza, Lorenzo Pozzan, and Jonathan D. King were added as recurring. Giacomo Gianniotti, Elizabeth Anweis, Kassandra Clementi, and Rodney Gardiner were set as guest stars.[5] In July 2021, Saad Siddiqui joined the cast as a recurring character.[6]


Filming began in Los Angeles on April 5, 2021, and moved to Florence, Italy in July. Production ended on August 7, 2021 in Cefalù, Sicily.[7][8]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 12 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "By turns a buoyant and wistful romance, From Scratch is an emotionally resonant miniseries that benefits from its Italian scenery and Zoe Saldaña's considerable dramatic chops."[9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 67 out of 100 based on 8 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10] Zoe Saldana was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special at the 54th NAACP Image Award.[11]


  1. ^ a b "From Scratch (2021–2022)". Writers Guild of America West. October 7, 2021. Archived from the original on June 23, 2022. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  2. ^ ""From Scratch": Official Date Announcement & First Look & Teaser Art". The Futon Critic. August 7, 2022. Retrieved August 9, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 7, 2019). "Zoe Saldana To Star In & Executive Produce 'From Scratch' Netflix Limited Series With Reese Witherspoon". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 23, 2022. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 7, 2021). "'From Scratch': Eugenio Mastrandrea, Keith David, Danielle Deadwyler & Kellita Smith Among 8 Joining Zoe Saldana In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 13, 2022. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  5. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (May 5, 2021). "'From Scratch': Terrell Carter, Medalion Rahimi & Jonathan Del Arco Among Six To Recur In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 8, 2022. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (July 15, 2021). "'Ray Donovan' Casts Chris Gray As Young Ray In Follow-Up Movie; Saad Siddiqui Joins 'From Scratch'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on December 31, 2021. Retrieved May 8, 2022.
  7. ^ Asatryan, Tigran (November 25, 2021). "'From Scratch' Zoe Saldana Netflix Limited Series: What We Know So Far". What's On Netflix. Archived from the original on January 12, 2022. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  8. ^ "From Scratch - Production List | Film & Television Industry Alliance". Film & Television Industry Alliance. March 15, 2021. Archived from the original on June 21, 2021. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  9. ^ "From Scratch: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  10. ^ "From Scratch: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  11. ^ "Here Are The Nominees For The '54th NAACP Image Awards'". BET. Retrieved January 24, 2023.

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