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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007M8SAGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly can't wait to bring their successful British television series across the pond to make it big in America. But in true Hollywood fashion, it quickly becomes a laughable, clich‚d sitcom - starring none other than Matt LeBlanc. Matt not only messes with their beloved show, he rocks the foundation of their relationship. So now, even if they survive the absurdity of show business, will their marriage survive Matt LeBlanc?

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Best comedy around.
Lynne Clark
Too bad, because the show itself is very funny!
G. Rule
This show is very funny.
Jason J Magnusson

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Format: DVD
When Showtime was touting the new comedy "Episodes" for its winter line-up, a lot of the pre-press and advertising had to do with Matt LeBlanc. While I like LeBlanc, his presence in a new show was neither a particular draw for me nor a deterrent. However, I did tune in to give the program a shot and was pleasantly surprised that instead of purely a LeBlanc vehicle, "Episodes" featured a smart and savvy ensemble of actors in a delightful (and frighteningly believable) skewering of the entertainment industry. Most specifically, the show targets the creative and borderline insane process behind bringing a new television program to air. This surprisingly intelligent foray into scathing satire may not be the best program on the subject I've ever seen (try the uncomfortable awkwardness of "The Comeback," the blistering ruthlessness of "Action," or the of-the-moment imperative of "Grosse Pointe" as other possible candidates), but it is pretty on-the-mark!

What is intriguing, and quite appealing, about "Episodes" is that it combines the outrageous rudeness you might expect from Showtime with a droll British sensibility more in line with BBC. In fact, it is precisely this dichotomy that fuels the entire premise of the program. The season revolves around what happens when a successful and critically acclaimed British sitcom is adapted and Americanized for a stateside audience. The actual leads of the show are Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Grieg as the married co-creators of said sitcom who are enticed to Hollywood to helm the new interpretation. Playing as fish out of water comedy in earlier segments, the couple soon realize that compromise and capitulation are key in this new environment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brenda L. Pizzo on March 30, 2012
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When this Showtime series was on cable I watched it three times and laughed like I was seeing it for the first time every time. The cast of characters cannot be beat. I love them all.

Matt LeBlanc, of course, is the star of the show and plays an actor who is supposed to be playing himself. He isn't "Joey" from "Friends" but because of his role on "Friends" we kind of know him... only now playing "himself" as his star-personna playing Matt LeBlanc, he's even rougher around the edges and hilariously conceited.

The plot centers around a married British couple played brilliantly by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig who have written an award-winning smash hit comedy in England and how a devious and ruthless Hollywood producer played by John Pankow, (who only pretends to have seen their show)invites them to Hollywood to recreate their show for American TV where they are lead to believe they will have full control. Of course they have no control and to make matters worse they are stuck with "Joey." As their lead.

So a comedy once revolving around a headmaster in an exclusive boys school is dumbed down to a hockey coach set in a regular high school.

The contrast of Hollywood and all that entails seen through the eyes of the British couple couldn't be more spot on. The husband is totally seduced by Hollywood, the fantastic houses, the fantastic weather, the fantastic breasts on everyone, while the wife is just seething with regret and remorse for having been duped by the producer and for having to be stuck with the likes of "Joey."

The fantastic writing coupled with the first class cast is just a joy to watch. The comedy builds and builds and is intelligently written and is fast paced. We begin at the end and have to "back track" to how it all began.

Matt LeBlanc snagged a Golden Globe for his role on the series which was a nod to his great work on "Espisodes." The show and the entire cast also deserved recognition.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on May 19, 2012
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Difficult to sum it up better than "K Harris". However, in addition, I could actually relate to both how a sitcom is created and a behind the scenes look at life in a Hollywood studio.

Yes, this is a great ensemble cast:

1.) Kudos to character actor John Pankow (as Merc the network executive) is a "dark horse". His character is so truly distasteful that I want to strangle him every time he has a monologue!

2.) Matt LeBlanc, as Matt LeBlanc, alternates between being a poster boy for Hollywood excess and genuinely funny. I like him better in this role than I did in "Friends".

Very good series and another winner by Showtime!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 6, 2012
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Too bad there were only seven epidosdes in season one because this comedy is fantastic. Highly recommend you give this a try--regardless of whether you ever liked Matt LeBlanc in Friends.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason J Magnusson on January 20, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This show is very funny. A great send up of behind the scenes Hollywood. Don't hesitate to check it out if you're a fan of shows like Extras, Party Down, etc. The person who gave this a crappy review probably loves Two and a Half Men.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2012
Format: DVD
I am really tired of all of the shows which are doing the balancing act of being the combo comedy and drama. Some of these are Big C, Nurse Jackie and Enlightened, which are always competing in the comedy category but are far from being laugh out loud funny. I like these shows but they really do not satisfy my desire for straight comedy. This show does.

The premise is that a married British couple who are comedy writers are plunked down into Hollywood to make their comedy writing work on an American tv show. If you have ever watched British tv, which I have, the emphasis on quality is far more pronounced in Britain than it is in America. Yes, we have our quality tv shows but we also have an incredible amount of outright drek. Unfortunately, these two are hired by a the king of crude, awful tv shows. The producer embodies everything that is awful about Hollywood and everyone who works for him is constantly trying to satisfy his capricious nature. He has a female assistant who seems dumb at first but we come to discover she really understands what sells in her boss's world.

Our two writers play chiefly off Matt LeBlanc, who is the lead in this new show as a hockey coach. LeBlanc plays himself and he is hilarious doing so. The two writers are continually outraged by virtually everything he does yet there is something about him which draws one into his web. While one really would not want to know the producer, it would be hard to say the same about LeBlanc. Inevitably LeBlanc starts coming inbetween these two, something which seemed impossible at the start.

I am now enjoying watching season two of this show, which is every bit as funny.
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