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Episodes: Season 1

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Editorial Reviews

The comedy series centers around a husband and wife producing team who are forced to navigate the many pitfalls of the Hollywood television business when their successful British show is brought to America; and the U.S. network insists on making the show more audience friendly by replacing their venerable thespian lead with... Matt LeBlanc.

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007M8SAGE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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