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The Big C 4 Seasons 2010

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (140) IMDb 8.1/10

A suburban mom, diagnosed with cancer, tries to find the humor in the disease.

Starring:
Laura Linney, Oliver Platt

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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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 25 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: 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 CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: November 15, 2010
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Bill Condon
Starring Laura Linney, Oliver Platt
Supporting actors Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey, Phyllis Somerville, Gabourey Sidibe, Reid Scott, Phill Lewis, William Duffy, Connor Kramme, John Nutten, Virginia Louise Smith, Rick L. Dean, Brenna Gwyn Snowe
Season year 2010
Network Sony Pictures Television
Producers Jenny Bicks, Vivian Cannon, Bill Condon, Michael Engler, Lou Fusaro, Darlene Hunt, Merrill H. Karpf, Tom Keefe, Laura Linney, Neal H. Moritz, Vanessa Wilson
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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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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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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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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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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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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I wasn't sure if I would relate to this storyline or not. I'm a middle-aged woman with terminal cancer (rare kind). I'm also the mother of a 14 yr old child. Based on a couple customer reviews I decided to give it a shot. I LOVED it. I laughed, I cried. And I could very much relate to most of the characters as well as what was happening in their lives. Most cancer patients are not that close to their oncologists, so that relationship's a little different to me. But overall, a wonderful and welcome storyline. Thank you to those who were and are involved in making this tv series. I look forward to watching upcoming seasons.
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