Baby (Italian TV series)

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Baby
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GenreTeen drama
Created by
  • Antonio Le Fosse
  • Giacomo Mazzariol
  • Marco Raspanti
  • Romolo Re Salvador
  • Eleonora Trucchi
Written by
  • Isabella Aguilar
  • Giacomo Durzi
Directed by
  • Andrea De Sica
  • Anna Negri
Starring
Country of originItaly
Original language(s)Italian
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Marco De Angelis
  • Nicola De Angelis
Producer(s)
  • Marco De Angelis
  • Nicola De Angelis
Production location(s)Rome, Italy
CinematographyStefano Falivene
Running time40–51 minutes
Production company(s)Fabula Pictures
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release30 November 2018 (2018-11-30) –
16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)
External links
Official website

Baby is an Italian teen drama web television series created for Netflix.[1] The first season debuted on 30 November 2018. The series follows students at an elite high school in Rome who engage in prostitution.[2][3] It is loosely based on the story of two high school girls in Rome involved in an underage prostitution ring (the "Baby Squillo" scandal) in 2014.[4]

In December 2018, Netflix announced a second season of the series,[5] which premiered on 18 October 2019.[6] The series was renewed for a third and final season,[7] which was released on 16 September 2020.[8]

Plot[edit]

Set in an elite high school in Rome, Baby follows Chiara (Benedetta Porcaroli), a young, rich girl who is disenchanted with her privileged and too normal life. All of that changes when Chiara meets Ludovica (Alice Pagani), an impulsive troublemaker who's secretly in need of money. Partially due to desperation, partially due to boredom, Ludovica draws Chiara into the world of underage prostitution, and it's as bad of an idea as it sounds. Ludovica becomes involved with Fiore, a young man who is a part of the prostitution and cares very deeply for her, to the point where he becomes obsessed with her. Chiara pursues a relationship with Damiano, the new kid and son of a senator while hiding her secret life.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Benedetta Porcaroli as Chiara Altieri, a high school girl who lives a double life, Ludovica, Fabio and Camilla's best friend, Niccoló's former lover and Damiano's girlfriend
  • Alice Pagani as Ludovica Storti, a loner high school girl who meets Chiara and introduces her to the world of prostitution, Chiara's best friend
  • Riccardo Mandolini as Damiano Younes, Chiara's troubled boyfriend
  • Chabeli Sastre Gonzalez as Camilla Govender Rossi, Chiara and Fabio's best friend, Niccolò's sister
  • Brando Pacitto as Fabio Fedeli, Chiara and Camilla's best friend
  • Lorenzo Zurzolo as Niccolò Govender Rossi, Chiara's former lover, Camilla's brother and Virginia's boyfriend
  • Galatea Ranzi as Elsa, Chiara's mother
  • Tommaso Ragno as Director Fedeli, Fabio's father
  • Massimo Poggio as Arturo Altieri, Chiara's father
  • Mehdi Nebbou as Khalid Younes, a diplomat and Damiano’s father
  • Giuseppe Maggio as Fiore, Chiara and Ludovica’s pimp
  • Mirko Trovato as Brando, Niccolò’s best friend who slept with Ludovica and released a sex tape of the two and Fabio’s secret lover
  • Federica Lucaferri as Virginia, Nico’s girlfriend
  • Beatrice Bartoni as Vanessa, Damiano’s ex-girlfriend from his old neighborhood
  • Marjo Berasategui as Camilla's mom
  • Isabella Ferrari as Simonetta, Ludovica’s mother
  • Claudia Pandolfi as Monica, a gym teacher at Collodi who has an affair with Nico, Damiano’s stepmother
  • Paolo Calabresi as Saverio, Fiore's cousin and boss

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
1630 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
2618 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
3616 September 2020 (2020-09-16)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Superpowers"
(Italian: "Superpoteri")
Andrea De SicaIsabella Aguilar30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
At an exclusive private high school, student athlete Chiara forges an unlikely bond with rebellious classmate Ludovica and mysterious new boy Damiano.
22"Puppet"
(Italian: "Burattino")
Andrea De SicaGiacomo Durzi30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
Chiara gets a peace offering from her dad. Camilla makes an offhand comment that impacts Chiara's love life. Ludo suffers a blow at a family event.
33"#Friendzone"Andrea De SicaGrams30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
Chiara begs Camilla for a chance to explain things, Nico and Brando plot against Damiano, and Fiore offers Ludo a solution to her money troubles.
44"Emma"Anna NegriGrams30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
Saverio introduces Ludo to an admirer who saw her at the club. Fabio helps Damiano out of a bind. A run-in at a party leads Chiara to act recklessly.
55"The Last Shot"
(Italian: "L'ultimo scatto")
Anna NegriGrams30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
Ludo gets infuriating news, Chiara and her parents start therapy, and Saverio invites the girls to a secret party, where a familiar face shows up.
66"#Love"Andrea De SicaIsabella Aguilar, Giacomo Durzi and Grams30 November 2018 (2018-11-30)
In the aftermath, Ludo, Damiano and Chiara try to cover their tracks and grapple with feelings of guilt and fear. Fabio savors a life-changing moment.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
71"#justagame"Andrea De SicaGrams18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
As a new school year begins, Chiara helps Ludo deal with a troublesome client, and Damiano takes on another job to pay down his debt to Fiore.
82"The Offer"
(Italian: "Rilancio")
Andrea De SicaGrams18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
Fiore surprises Chiara at school and takes her on a drive. Ludo locks horns with her new teacher. Damiano's late-night exploits leave him drained.
93"Ghosts"
(Italian: "Fantasmi")
Letizia LamartireGrams18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
Nagging suspicions drive a wedge between Chiara and Damiano. Brando is forced to choose sides when Nico and the others attack Fabio at school.
104"Truth or Dare"
(Italian: "Obbligo o verità")
Letizia LamartireGrams18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
While a shell-shocked Chiara braces for fallout from the incident at Marge, Brando scrambles to shore up his tough-guy image — at school and at home.
115"Dead End"
(Italian: "Vicolo cieco")
Andrea De SicaGrams18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
Ludo's mother drops a bombshell, Damiano tries to make sense of Chiara's sudden change of heart, and Chiara meets Brando's family.
126"Baby"Andrea De SicaGrams18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
As Brando's latest video sends shock waves through Collodi, Chiara plots her revenge, and Ludo seeks refuge from her stalker.

Season 3 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
131"Valentine's Day"
(Italian: "San Valentino")
Andrea De SicaGrams16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)
142"April 26th, 1915"
(Italian: "26 aprile 1915")
Letizia LamartireGrams16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)
153"Make a Wish"
(Italian: "Esprimi un desiderio")
Antonio Le FosseGrams16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)
164"No More Secrets"
(Italian: "Niente più segreti")
Letizia LamartireGrams16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)
175"100 Days"
(Italian: "100 giorni")
Letizia LamartireGrams16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)
186"Beyond the Aquarium"
(Italian: "Oltre l'acquario")
Letizia LamartireGrams16 September 2020 (2020-09-16)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (27 November 2018). "Netflix Unveils Italian Original 'Baby,' Based on Real-Life Teen Prostitution Scandal". Variety. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Baby su Netflix dal 30 novembre: Il primo teaser trailer". ComingSoon.it (in Italian). Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Yes, Netflix's "Baby" Does Just End Like That". Refinery29. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  4. ^ Tannenbaum, Emily (3 December 2018). "The True Story Behind Netflix's 'Baby' Is Even More Disturbing Than the Show". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ Netflix Italia [@NetflixIT] (21 December 2018). "La stagione 2 di #BabyNetflix arriva prossimamente. Il rewatch della prima può iniziare subito.pic.twitter.com/lsjIXq9DWz" (Tweet) (in Italian). Retrieved 23 January 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Schaffstall, Katherine (30 September 2019). "Netflix's New Releases Coming in October 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. ^ @NetflixIT (13 November 2019). "Nessun segreto è più al sicuro. 🤫💕 Baby 3, la stagione finale, in arrivo prossimamente. #BabyNetflix" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "'Baby' Season 3 (Final Season) Coming to Netflix in September 2020". What's on Netflix. 19 August 2020.

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