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Smash 2 Seasons 2012

Season 1
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,343) IMDb 7.7/10

"Smash" is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire - to be a "smash." The series centers on the process of creating a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe - written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Brian d'Arcy James) of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee) - who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds - and stage veteran Ivy Bell (Megan Hilty), who's determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer, Eileen (Anjelica Huston), discovers the "Marilyn" project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport) - whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey stars as Dev.

Starring:
Debra Messing, Jack Davenport
Original air date:
May 14, 2012

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1. Pilot

The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle) unites with producer Eileen Rand (Anjelica Huston) to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) for the dream role. Jack Davenport, Raza Jaffrey, Brian d'Arcy James and Jaime Cepero also star.

CC TV-14 February 6, 2012 43 minutes
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2. The Callback

Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) jump through hoops for the brilliant but temperamental director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) as they pursue the role of a lifetime.

CC TV-14 February 13, 2012 43 minutes
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3. Enter Mr. DiMaggio

The search begins for a Joe DiMaggio to play opposite Marilyn - but everyone's first choice, Michael (guest star Will Chase), has a secret.

CC TV-14 February 20, 2012 43 minutes
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4. The Cost of Art

Karen must learn to advance in the high-stakes world of Broadway, as Derek hosts a party for hot young star Lyle. Eileen tries a sly new strategy for raising funds, while Tom goes on a first date.

CC TV-14 February 27, 2012 43 minutes
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5. Let's Be Bad

Karen finds a new use for her acting talents as she joins Dev at a high-powered government party. The drama between Michael and Julia heats up, as Eileen and Tom's ambitious assistant Ellis forge an alliance. Ivy senses trouble in her relationship with Derek.

CC TV-14 March 5, 2012 43 minutes
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6. Chemistry

Ivy faces major problems as her voice begins to fail her. Julia struggles to avoid Michael - but she can't. Eileen explores her inner hipster at a downtown dive bar with her new pal Ellis, while Karen is an even bigger fish out of water, as she books a side gig at a bar mitzvah on Long Island.

CC TV-14 March 12, 2012 43 minutes
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7. The Workshop

Everything comes to a head as Eileen, Derek and the team present "Marilyn The Musical" to would-be investors. Ivy is under pressure to perform, while her mother, Broadway star Leigh Conroy, undermines her at every turn. Karen must decide between the workshop and a meeting with a big-time music producer. Julia and Michael must face up to the consequences of their actions.

CC TV-14 March 19, 2012 43 minutes
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8. The Coup

Grace Gummer and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic guest star.

CC TV-14 March 26, 2012 44 minutes
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9. Hell on Earth

The team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen charges Tom and Julia with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical. Karen and Ivy find themselves in competition again -- this time for an orange juice commercial. Relationship troubles abound, as Frank makes an unwelcome discovery.

CC TV-14 April 2, 2012 43 minutes
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10. Understudy

The show has landed a star, the mercurial Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen is thrown into a panic when Rebecca gets stuck in Cuba. Derek puts Karen in as understudy, but she must learn to perform under extreme pressure as he threatens to break her will.

CC TV-14 April 9, 2012 43 minutes
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11. The Movie Star

"Bombshell" is turned upside-down by the arrival of movie star Rebecca Duvall (special guest star Uma Thurman).

CC TV-14 April 16, 2012 42 minutes
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12. Publicity

Karen (Katharine McPhee) finds herself seduced by the glamorous life of new BFF Rebecca Duvall (special guest star Uma Thurman) -- but can Rebecca be trusted?

CC TV-14 April 23, 2012 43 minutes
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13. Tech

"Bombshell" moves to Boston.

CC TV-14 April 30, 2012 42 minutes
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14. Previews

"Bombshell" faces its first audience just as a major crisis hits Rebecca Duvall (special guest star Uma Thurman). The team of Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) scramble to fix the show when the first preview falls short, and Frank (Brian D'Arcy James) must adjust to the unwelcome return of Michael Swift (Will Chase) to his life. Dev (Raza Jaffrey) seeks reconciliation with Karen (Katharine McPhee), but explosive information about Ivy (Megan Hilty) lurks just beneath the surface. Jack Davenport and Anjelica Huston also star.

CC TV-14 May 7, 2012 43 minutes
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15. Bombshell

The big night is finally here. Tom (Christian Borle) and Julia (Debra Messing) race against time to save the show, while Derek (Jack Davenport) makes a decision that will change the lives of Karen (Katharine McPhee) and Ivy (Megan Hilty) forever.

CC TV-14 May 14, 2012 43 minutes
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Bonus: Sneak Peek

Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and the cast of SMASH pull back the curtain for a sneak peek at the real drama on Broadway.

CC TV-14 January 16, 2012 7 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Musical
Starring Debra Messing, Jack Davenport
Supporting actors Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Anjelica Huston, Savannah Wise, Wesley Taylor, Jenny Laroche, Keith Kuhl, Leslie Odom Jr., Brian d'Arcy James, Ann Harada, Jeremy Jordan, Jaime Cepero, Joshua Bergasse, Raza Jaffrey, Krysta Rodriguez, Michael Cristofer, Phillip Spaeth
Season year 2012
Network NBC
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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If you love the world of musical theater, you may enjoy this smashing romp aptly titled SMASH. With a stellar cast including Deborah Messing, Katherine McPhee and Anjelica Huston with Spielberg producing it, there's talent invested in it.

The talent is trying to produce a Broadway Musical based on the iconic Marilyn Monroe. However, there are the usual challenges: inconvenient romances, slimy director, cast rivalry, insufficient financial backing, script rewriting etc. It is great fun to observe the creative process and the chaos surrounding it. Will they produce a smash hit? You want to keep watching to see if it will come together.
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If you're here, you probably know that Smash is one of the best shows to appear on television in the last 20 years. Thank you, Theresa Rebeck, for creating it!

Great music, great characters (Derek is my favorite), everybody who loves New York and especially Broadway will have a BLAST watching every single episode. What could you expect, it also has Steven Spielberg as one of its executive producers!

I'm sure that thousands and thousands of americans and foreigners who love NYC will feel the same way. Am I right?

My god... and the original music of this show !?

I don't have words to describe how incredible and perfect they are, really, REALLY creative, songs AND lyrics, you have to watch Smash and listen to them yourself, if you still didn't do that!
(Don't waste any time, btw, you're gonna fall in love with the original music!)

The original songs were written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, these guys deserve no less than a standing ovation! (They are also executive producers). Where do I sign up to work with them?

My favorite ones are: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (episode 3), "On Lexington & 52nd Street" (episode 7), "A Thousand and One Nights" (an AWESOME indian song on episode 12) and "Second Hand White Baby Grand" (also episode 12). Some of them you can have here The Music Of Smash [+digital booklet]

I, myself, a brazilian born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, have Times Square/Broadway as my favorite place in the city, so you can imagine what it was for me the release of this show.

But seriously, on this day and age, no announcement of a Blu-ray release with perfect image/sound and tons of extras? Come on!
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Best show I have seen in years. I did not expect to like it and by about 15 minutes into the first episode I was hooked. The songs are incredible, the storyline very engaging and a tremendous cast.
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I have watched this amazing series 2 or 3 times through and I am amazed at the amount of superb work and artistry that is put into a once a week tv show. It has to be a daunting task and I have been a fan of many of the stars for many years. I am truly amazed at Katharine's growth from the first days of American Idol until now (and yes I voted for her week after week). Megan, Debra, Angelica and everyone in the cast are superb. This video gets my highest rating as does the show! Long live Smash!!!
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I find myself waiting anxiously for each new episode! The music is fabulous! The characters are fabulous! I absolutely love it!
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SPECTACULAR!
i watched smash- from. pilot threw Season 1, Ep. 15 "Bombshell"
Truly worth watching .
i wanted to watched it from the last episode up to where. i was watching. but said to myself pop some popcorn!
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I am sure many people are going to be comparing this show to Glee before they have even seen the premiere episode and though, yes, the show does have to do with singing, it really is not like Glee at all. Smash has an incredible cast of actors, including Anjelica Houston and Debra Messing and has to do with Debra's character wanting to create a musical based on the legendary Marilyn Monroe and this show is considerably more mature and 'darker' then Glee. The characters only sing during performances or asides that start in their house, but end up on stage as they a perform a song. I like this show and was glad to find it on Hulu and on here, Amazon, for a free download.

Smash is a fun show, with powerful voices that will no doubt have as much drama/edge as it will humor/camp. If you like Glee, you will def like this show. If you like musicals, you will def like this show. If you just like good shows, you will def like this show!

Katherine McPhee is amazing and will quite possibly recieve an Emmy or Golden Globe nomination for her performance, as will newcomer and her onscreen rival, Megan Hilty as the two compete to be Marilyn!

This is a fun, dramatic and emotional show that I will continue to follow and if you want a good time, you should too!!

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~Valen
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I purchased the whole season for smash, and you know what the season/show just keep getting better, and i can't wait for season 2..

Amazon has made it so easy to watch on my kindle fire, or on my computer.. SO SO SO easy!!

LOVE IT
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