The Big C 4 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
(126) IMDb 8/10

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A surprise party for her 43rd birthday leaves Cathy in a quandary over her plans to join Lenny for a weekend getaway in the Bahamas.

Starring:
Laura Linney, Oliver Platt
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
October 11, 2010

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Tricia Brock
Starring Laura Linney, Oliver Platt
Supporting actors Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey, Phyllis Somerville, Cynthia Nixon, Idris Elba, Willi Burke, Nathan Eswine, Ann Arvia, Mike Larose
Season year 2010
Network Showtime
Producers Elicia Bessette, Jenny Bicks, Vivian Cannon, Cara DiPaolo, Michael Engler, Darlene Hunt, Merrill H. Karpf, Mark J. Kunerth, Laura Linney, Neal H. Moritz
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Benerofe on November 1, 2010
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Smart, well acted, brilliantly paced and edited 30 minutes. Expert cast strutting their stuff and completely blowing up the big c. some of the first season scenes and episodes - the paint guns, the open kitchen cabinets ("i want that time back"), the saving the giant lobster - brilliant, funny and poignant all at once. Watching Laura Linney and company act with brilliance and humility - hard to find a way to spend a better 28 minutes watching tv than this.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Fj Verzijl on February 2, 2011
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I really don't get the bad reviews about this amazing show. Laura Linney won the Golden Globe for her brilliant acting and so well deserved!!!If this show does not touch your heart than i'll guess you heart is made out of stone....it really grows on you so are the characters. The season finale episode made me cry...a lot!(and i'm a man!!!!)...Just go and watch it. It so deserves to be watched!!!
I hardly write any review but i felt i had to do something to tell those folks who gave it a one star review: GET A LIFE!!!!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By zemo on June 23, 2011
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After reading a few reviews, I thought I would add mine. I realize some people could not imagine keeping cancer a secret but I don't have to imagine it. I found out about my kidney cancer the night before Thanksgiving and there was no way I was going to ruin the holidays for my family. I also know intimately what it is like to have a cancer that does not respond to treatment and it is possible to look just fine and get around well but also be dying. This is how people reach stage four without knowing, it is because until cancer becomes painful or grows into your lungs and makes it hard to breathe, there just are not any symptoms. Most of the illness that people associate with cancer have more to do with the treatments, not the cancer itself. I know plenty of stage four people that have been on vacations etc. I loved when she started the coffee enemas, it made me laugh because I do them too and it is the greatest gift. It takes me from exhausted to normal. I love Laura Linney and dislike her husband intensely.. keep wishing they would find a way to get him off the show. Now that my family knows I'm dying, they really would not find anything about this show funny or entertaining. My spouse runs the other way when I watch an episode. It just all rang true for me, who also found out late in the game, who also has a cancer that will not respond to chemo and therefore is not bothering to do anything but make the best and most of each day. Good job showtime, thank you.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 17, 2010
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THE BIG C started this week as a Showtime series for television opposite the controversial WEEDS in the late evening, subjects for mature audiences time slot. Most viewers will have mixed feelings about this first episode, so loaded with new characters with whom we have little time to understand, all edgy, and yet all surrounded by the unifying theme of how one woman deals with being told she has Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma but who decides to not inform anyone of her diagnosis, instead going after the outrageous way of living that has always been foreign to her obsessive/compulsive teacher personality.

There are few actresses who could pull this off: Laura Linney, one of our finest actresses on the screen today, is the perfect choice for making this unbelievable character credible AND charismatic. As Cathy Jamison, she is married to a bumbling irresponsible joker Paul (Oliver Platt, again an actor in the top echelon) who is currently out of the house over some disagreement with Cathy, and is mother to naughty boy Adam (Gabriel Basso), lives across the street from a elderly curmudgeon Marlene (Phyllis Somerville) with whom Cathy finally agrees to accept and to like, is a sister to a freaky psycho brother Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), is attended by her diagnosing just-fresh-out-of-residency naive physician Dr Todd (Reid Scott), and carries on teaching a classroom with bored students, including one sassy, arrogant and overweight Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe). Life is full of surprises and they pop by so quickly that we barely can tell where the series is going. As for this viewer, though not impressed with the structure of the show, staying around for the pleasure of watching Linney and Platt will be worth it - hopefully! Grady Harp, August 10
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hot to Trot on October 10, 2010
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Come on, people, you are all taking this much too seriously. This show is pure entertainment and the inconsistencies are part of its charm. Linney is superb and the "one-liners" hilarious no matter who utters them. Can we not simply watch a show for pure entertainment? Does every little wink, nod, snort and comment have to be over-analyzed? I find this series great fun and eagerly await every episode!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Bullions on June 9, 2011
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The series that Showtime airs usually involve a person with a secret of some kind, and that character's fear to reveal said secret. In "Weeds", Nancy Botwin is pot dealer, and in "Dexter", Dexter's a 'good' serial killer. In "Nurse Jackie", Jackie is a drug addict/adulterer.

In "The Big C", Laura Linney plays a mother and wife, who has spent her whole life doing things for others. She's sacrificed what resemblance of a life she once had for her family. That is, until she figures out she has terminal Stage 4 Melanoma. But instead of having family feel sorry for her, and doing treatment, she decides to live it up. She, at first, tells nobody in her spoiled family about her diagnosis, she kicks her selfish husband out, and decides to make the rest of her life be about her, as well as to find the humor in the disease.

This show is 30 minutes, which should be the length of a comedy. However, there is unexplainable depth to "The Big C". Linney, originally a stage actress, brings undeniable, and unavoidable enthusiasm to the role of Cathy Jamison. While the show has a phenomenal supporting cast, she's the standout in every episode. She has a theatrical presence, however, she never over-sells anything, and everything is always believable, because of her knack for bringing gusto to both the comedic and dramatic scenes.

And, I think "The Big C", having a first season of only 13 shows, is one of the best first-seasons in the history of television, and here's why. It ends up being something completely different than what it started as. The writers clearly knew where they wanted to do with the characters, as well as the plot. There's real character development here. There's relatable characters that feel like actual human beings, rather than caricatures.
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