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The Big C: Season 2 (2011)

Laura Linney , Oliver Platt  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laura Linney, Oliver Platt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 365 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058YPO9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big C: Season 2" on IMDb

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Laura Linney is nothing less than stupendous as Cathy, the suburban mom living with stage-four melanoma in season two of The Big C. In fact, the entire cast is, as in the first season, excellent. Oliver Platt is believable, and occasionally frustrating, as Cathy's husband, Paul, from whom Cathy hid her diagnosis for months in season one. Back again are Cathy's son, Adam (Gabriel Basso), a pool of conflicting emotions--resentment, raw grief, depression--and Cathy's living-off-the-grid brother, Sean (the hilarious John Benjamin Hickey). Also back are Cynthia Nixon as Cathy's longtime pal and (rather unbelievably) Sean's baby mama, Rebecca, and Gabourey Sidibe as Andrea, Cathy's former student and little-sister stand-in. Season two adds more excellent cast members. Alan Alda is Cathy's new doctor, who enrolls her in a new treatment, along with fellow patient Lee (Hugh Dancy), who becomes a confidante--and maybe more. Yet while Linney and the cast are excellent, and the direction and writing are top-notch, season two feels like something of a letdown after the excellent, heart-wrenching first season. While it mirrors real-life medical advancements--that stage-four cancer patients do in fact live longer and fuller lives than they once did--the open-ended nature of Cathy's health makes for less-compelling viewing. Which does not mean that the viewer wants Cathy to die; far from it. Fans can continue to cheer Cathy on as she makes some less-than-respectable life decisions, and The Big C continues to be some of the best storytelling to grace the small screen. The DVD boxed set includes some funny outtakes and extra and deleted scenes. --A.T. Hurley

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Laura Linney returns in her Golden Globe®-winning role as Cathy Jamison in “The Big C.” Following the medical diagnosis that rocked her safe world, Cathy finally shares the news with her family and decides to pursue experimental treatment. She quickly bonds with her fellow patient, Lee (Hugh Dancy) – and his wine collection – but isn’t so sure about her new doctor (Alan Alda). Co-starring Oliver Platt and guest-starring Gabourey Sidibe, Cynthia Nixon and Parker Posey, this inspirational and bravely funny second season celebrates a life worth fighting for.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancer Continues--Mirroring Real Life September 18, 2011
When I was a kid, anyone who got cancer was usually dead a few months later. Flash forward to 2011 and I know many people in stage four cancers who are lasting year after year. I am five years past colon cancer 2A so I am familiar with the whole current routine.

This show picks up where cancer is today. It is a much longer event and one must live a life while also carrying around this disease for who knows how long. Laura Linney as the cancer patient continues her excellent job from season one.

One distinct improvement this season is that her oncologist was replaced by an actor who is doing a more believable job. This is Alan Alda. Alda always brings interesting juxtapositions to his roles. He is able to play a competent professional doing his job yet also turn the role on its head by being a smarmy fool married to a much younger woman.

Likewise, Kathy has a friend now also in her clinical trial and he is a valuable addition to the show. He has had cancer a lot longer that Kathy. This is not his first clinical trial. He covers a gamut of emotions far more advanced than Kathy's. While she is still in strong survival mode, focused solely on beating cancer, he is not so sure he wants to continue the battle. The knowledge has set in that he cannot beat it; he can only forestall it. Additionally, they are both stage fours so they face constant chemo (or similar) or they will die. This strong piece of acting is done by Brit actor Hugh Dancy who is totally believable as an American cancer patient.

I've noticed that more and more shows bill themselves as comedies. This one also does so, with the tag line, "A suburban mom, diagnosed with cancer, tries to find the humor in the disease." I do not find this an accurate depiction of this show.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if laura linney......... October 4, 2011
isn't the finest actress on the planet, please tell me who is. this is her show, with an excellent supporting cast, great writing and directing. one of the finest series on television, and makes me almost forgive showtime for cancelling THE BROTHERHOOD. almost!
last night i viewed the last chapter of the 2nd season; i won't give away anything, just to say that it was the most moving 3 minutes i've ever seen in any tv episode. this ending got to me; right up there with the conclusion of SIX FEET UNDER.

long may this dynamite show run, and long may laura linney continue to be the finest actress on the planet!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! September 24, 2011
All I can say is "WOW"! The Big C has me laughing, crying, and literally glued to the TV!!! The acting is superb, the stories are so believable, and this is truly one of my favorite shows on TV (I actually subscribed to Showtime just to see it after watching a couple of episodes at a friend's house). I've watched the entire first season, and about half of the second season, and I can't wait to purchase the DVD of the 2nd season (I already own Season 1).

Watch this show and you'll be hooked too! Why can't they make shows like this for regular television?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 just gets better .... November 6, 2011
I was left completely floored after Season 1 of "the big C" and wondered how they would be able to build on to such a great season, of a great show. The show is less about a woman with cancer than it is about the "cancers" that affect each of us in our daily lives and how we choose to deal with the obstacles both literally and figuratively.

Season two of this great show brings in some new dynamics and characters that add more depth to the story lines. With a all star cast we get introduced to Alan Alda and Cynthia Nixon as two great characters. But one of my favorite characters in Season 2 is "Lee" played by Hugh Dancy (a British Actor). He is a perfect complement to Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney). This season, much like the last is captivating but I find has even a bit more depth to it.

This show is great and it is just on the road to getting better and better. Cathartic and funny all at once.

Great job! 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it ,love it August 11, 2013
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I watched Seasons 1 on Showtime, then had to cancel b/c I couldn't afford it. Watched this season 2 and it is so doggone good, it's ridiculous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexuality Caution August 9, 2013
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We loved it! My caution is it may stretch your sexual comfort level. One of my favorite scenes is when she tells the class of upcoming oncologists what she believes is a good doctor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best show ever August 9, 2013
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We are half way thru season 3. This is the best show ever on TV. Pathos, laughter, drama tragedy all done superlatively. Laura Linney is the best but her supporting cast is splendid. Didn't think cancer could be funny (and its not) but it is a slice of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this show November 27, 2012
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I am so glad I have 'Amazon Prime" and can stream this show. I don't want to pay for showtime and this is better, I watch it when I want and the episodes I want.

great story and all the characters are excellent.
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