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Episodes: Season 1 (2011)

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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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: #163,769 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Episodes is a GREAT sitcom! March 30, 2012
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
4.0 out of 5 stars "And We Got Joey!" 4 1/2* May 19, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Hilarious; highly recommend July 6, 2012
By Mark
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW January 20, 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars High Marks for Being a Comedy not a Dramedy June 18, 2012
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I liked some of the main characters, but had a harder time warming up to Matt LeBlanc's character. Maybe it's Joey residual that I can't move past, but Matt seems too shallow and I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Katrina
1.0 out of 5 stars I am very disappointed it will not play on US DVD player.
I am going to try to change the settings but do not know if i will get it accomplished. I was looking forward to this so am very disappointed.
Published 8 months ago by Delsie Fuqua
5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy
I loved this series, both its stars and the supporting characters. The last episode of this season is my favorite, for watching two men who don't know how to fight, try to, is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynne Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful series
I watched the second season after reading a review of the series and loved it. I very much wanted to see the first season and it didn't disappoint.
Published 17 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Original
I always loved Matt le Blanc on Friends but we get to see a lot more of his talent in this show.
Published 19 months ago by C. West
1.0 out of 5 stars Not all regions DO NOT BUY in USA
This disc, though labeled here as all regions, will not play on my BlueRay player or PS3 due to region coding. How annoying! Save yourself the hassle of the return.
Published 19 months ago by James K. Flippen
5.0 out of 5 stars Episodes
This show,talking as a Brit,makes one wonder what really goes on in the "Dream Factory"
Its "up there"with the "Office"as one of the best Anglo/American Transfers... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. P. H. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful British-American comedy show
Episodes is one of the best shows on television, and Matt LeBlanc surprises you with an amazingly layered performance. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gardening Girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny
Nope, not very funny thing. Out of 7 episodes only one was really funny. Other than that - waste of time. And Joye is not very adorable. Nothing compare to "Friends".
Published 22 months ago by Natalia V. Johnsen
3.0 out of 5 stars great
season one is fantastic, on blu ray haven't watched it properly but I will give it the 5 cause I have seen the show so that's why I bought it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by louisperri
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