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Episodes is a GREAT sitcom!,
This review is from: Episodes: Season 1 [Regions 2 & 4] (DVD)
When this Showtime series was on cable I watched it three times and laughed like I was seeing it for the first time every time. The cast of characters cannot be beat. I love them all.
Matt LeBlanc, of course, is the star of the show and plays an actor who is supposed to be playing himself. He isn't "Joey" from "Friends" but because of his role on "Friends" we kind of know him... only now playing "himself" as his star-personna playing Matt LeBlanc, he's even rougher around the edges and hilariously conceited.
The plot centers around a married British couple played brilliantly by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig who have written an award-winning smash hit comedy in England and how a devious and ruthless Hollywood producer played by John Pankow, (who only pretends to have seen their show)invites them to Hollywood to recreate their show for American TV where they are lead to believe they will have full control. Of course they have no control and to make matters worse they are stuck with "Joey." As their lead.
So a comedy once revolving around a headmaster in an exclusive boys school is dumbed down to a hockey coach set in a regular high school.
The contrast of Hollywood and all that entails seen through the eyes of the British couple couldn't be more spot on. The husband is totally seduced by Hollywood, the fantastic houses, the fantastic weather, the fantastic breasts on everyone, while the wife is just seething with regret and remorse for having been duped by the producer and for having to be stuck with the likes of "Joey."
The fantastic writing coupled with the first class cast is just a joy to watch. The comedy builds and builds and is intelligently written and is fast paced. We begin at the end and have to "back track" to how it all began.
Matt LeBlanc snagged a Golden Globe for his role on the series which was a nod to his great work on "Espisodes." The show and the entire cast also deserved recognition.