The Big C 4 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
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11. New Beginnings TV-MA CC

Paul's spontaneous display of solidarity prompts Cathy to seek out a cure for her cancer.

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29 minutes
Original air date:
November 1, 2010

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    1. The Big C A diagnosis of terminal cancer inspires Minneapolis schoolteacher Cathy Jamison to live life to the fullest for as long as she can.

    TV-MA 29min August 16, 2010
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    2. Summertime As Cathy embarks on an uncertain summer, she insists that Adam stay home with her instead of attending soccer camp.

    TV-MA 29min August 23, 2010
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    3. There's No C In Team As she fends off both Paul's pleas to revive their marriage and a cancer support group's effort to get her to open up about her illness, Cathy is stunned to learn that her neighbor's dog can tell she has cancer.

    TV-MA 29min August 30, 2010
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    4. Playing The Cancer Car As Paul jump-starts his life as a single dad by returning to rugby, Cathy cashes out her retirement account to buy a new sports car.

    TV-MA 29min September 13, 2010
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    5. Blue-Eyed Iris Catching Adam watching Internet porn prompts Cathy to have sex talks with both him and her students as she looks to reclaim her own sexuality.

    TV-MA 28min September 20, 2010
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    6. Taking Lumps When a new lump reveals that her cancer is getting worse, Cathy decides to call off her affair with the school's handyman as she looks to reunite her family for an annual charity race.

    TV-MA 26min September 27, 2010
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    7. Two For The Road Cathy persuades Sean to join her on a trip to surprise their dad on his birthday, leaving Adam and Paul at home for a boys' weekend together.

    TV-MA 28min October 4, 2010
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    8. Happy Birthday, Cancer 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.

    TV-MA 29min October 11, 2010
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    9. The Ecstasy And The Agony Following her island weekend with Lenny, Cathy decides to experiment with Ecstasy, while Paul's excitement over his promotion at work is dimmed after catching his wife with her new boyfriend.

    TV-MA 29min October 18, 2010
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    10. Divine Intervention Facing divorce and the loss of her best friend, Cathy looks to make amends with those around her.

    TV-MA 28min October 25, 2010
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    11. New Beginnings Paul's spontaneous display of solidarity prompts Cathy to seek out a cure for her cancer.

    TV-MA 29min November 1, 2010
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    12. Everything That Rises Must Converge As Cathy and Todd head to Canada to try a controversial bee venom cancer cure, Paul moves back home to care for his wife, and Adam grows worried when his mom inserts herself into his fledging romance with a classmate.

    TV-MA 29min November 8, 2010
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    13. Taking The Plunge Marlene's suicide prompts Cathy to embark on a risky treatment as she unexpectedly inherits her late neighbor's house.

    TV-MA 29min November 15, 2010

Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Michael Lehmann
Supporting actors Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey, Phyllis Somerville, Cynthia Nixon, Reid Scott, Tyler Maynard, Lou Carbonneau, Marcia DeBonis, David Hull, Alexandra Socha, Jeff Nathan, Freddi Scheib
Season year 2010
Network Showtime
Executive Producer Elicia Bessette
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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32 of 41 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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25 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LaDawn Moore on July 13, 2013
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The Big C is a favorite of mine, and one I can repeatedly watch. It's funny, and light hearted even though its about death and the fear of, and how we deal with death. Highly recommend!
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There is no show that I thought had more promise than "The Big C." The premise is spot-on compelling, the cast impressive, and Laura Linney is one of the greats! And while I found the first episodes a bit chaotic, I held out hope. With Linney as the centerpiece, there was no way "The Big C" could fail. As the show progressed, however, there became less and less consistency, more and more lunacy, and a complete lack of believability that chilled my goodwill beyond reason. I expect I'll get all kinds of negative feedback for this commentary, but I watch and enjoy all of Showtime's female centric comedies--"Weeds" (once great, but struggling creatively), "Nurse Jackie" (solid, if somewhat overpraised), and "The United States of Tara" (uneven, but improved before its finale)--and "The Big C" definitely stands out in comparison, but not in a good way. Contrived for maximum "hilarity," its over-the-top antics were almost unbearable in their preciousness.

It's difficult to be critical of "The Big C" because there are some viewers that will inherently embrace its very real emotional core. However, I contend that the show uses the concept but doesn't develop it beyond slapstick shenanigans. That might even be fine if the show was humorous (it tries more often than not for shock) and the characters were likable or even remotely believable. Not so. Linney plays a uptight wife and mother who discovers she has cancer. Her decision, initially, is to keep the secret, resist treatment, and live out her remaining time embracing life. This has the potential to be so funny and so moving--neither word would I use to describe "The Big C."

As control-freak Linney, from episode one, starts behaving completely against type (so we're told)--no one really even notices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. McKinney on June 30, 2013
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In the lives these characters, it is both the best of times and the worst of times. It is a deeply satisfying production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Foxy Mama on June 23, 2013
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The message of this poignant series is "seize the day." Somehow it manages to be serious and hysterical at the same time. Laura Linney and supporting cast are superb. Language and situations definitely not for kids. This may be my favorite tv series of all time. Don't miss!!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 21, 2010
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Laura Linney, the lead actress, is simply wonderful in this role. Without her I doubt this show would have succeeded. She brings a very complex, nuanced portrayal to this character, Kathy who has stage 4 melanoma cancer. She is a married teacher with a teenage son and a husband who works for an ad agency. Although the husband is creative, he can also be a slob and juvenile at time. There is no doubt though that he adores her.

There are a few jarring notes in the show which might bother some viewers. One is that she is on a very friendly basis with her oncologist and they even drive around and go to places together. For example, she accompanies him on his house hunting tour with an agent. I don't know of any oncologist who gets this up close and personal with a patient but her oncologist is very young. I think it is unlikely that he will last long in this specialty though.

Another jarring note is that she chooses not to tell her husband, her son and her brother that she has cancer. I've been there, with the news that I have cancer, and I cannot imagine keeping it a big secret. I don't think I could as one is so numb that one needs the support of family members. Of course, since she isn't going through chemo or surgery, it is fairly easy to keep it secret. I had stage 2 colon cancer and certainly did not keep it to myself for an instant. I did have both chemo and surgery though. She is also not ill in any way through most of the show and that did not ring true with my own experience either. However, I know some people feel remarkably little pain till the end.

Oliver Platt is very good playing her husband. He got better and better with each episode. The parts where he plays an immature jerk irritated me but that was the point.
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