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The Big C 4 Seasons 2011

Season 2
4.6 out of 5 stars (93) 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. Losing Patients

In the wake of Marlene's (Phyllis Somerville) death, Cathy (Laura Linney) is plagued by her late neighbor's ghost as she learns that her latest chemotherapy regimen isn't working. And as Cathy looks for a second opinion, the news of his sister's illness launches Sean (John B. Hickey) into a psychotic episode.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: June 27, 2011
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2. Musical Chairs

As Cathy (Laura Linney) is uncomfortable with the sympathy she receives at work, she uses her appointment with Dr. Sherman (guest star Alan Alda) to press for a spot in a new clinical trial. Meanwhile, as Sean (John B. Hickey) remains upset over being kept in the dark about his sister's cancer, Rebecca's (Cynthia Nixon) ultrasound prompts her to ask Cathy to throw her a baby shower right away.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: July 4, 2011
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3. Sexual Healing

Paul (Oliver Platt) finds himself in an awkward situation when Cathy (Laura Linney) loses all interest in sex and then offers Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) a place to stay until graduation. Meanwhile, as Adam (Gabriel Basso) deals with his own emerging sexuality, Rebecca (Cynthia Nixon) struggles with Sean's (John B. Hickey) suddenly awakened libido.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: July 11, 2011
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4. Boo!

With her clinical trial about to get underway, Cathy (Laura Linney) is beset by one problem after another. And as he prepares for Halloween, Sean (John B. Hickey) worries that his house is being haunted by its late owner, Marlene.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: July 18, 2011
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5. Cats And Dogs

As she finds herself getting closer to a fellow clinical trial patient (guest star Hugh Dancy), Cathy (Laura Linney) worries about Paul's (Oliver Platt) commitment to finding a new job. Meanwhile, when Adam (Gabriel Basso) gets in over his head in an effort to ease his sexual frustration, he turns to his uncle Sean (John B. Hickey) for help.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: July 25, 2011
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6. The Little C

As she grows closer to a fellow clinical trial patient, Cathy (Laura Linney) shakes up her life by becoming her high school's swimming coach. And while Paul (Oliver Platt) coaches an immigrant co-worker on how to get a promotion at work, Adam's (Gabriel Basso) encounter with a prostitute causes problems for the whole family.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: August 1, 2011
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7. Goldilocks And The Bears

After learning that her blood pressure is elevated, Cathy (Laura Linney) turns to her new "cancer friend," Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy), for advice. While Paul (Oliver Platt) feels skeptical about the nature of Lee's relationship with Cathy, Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) and Myk (guest star Boyd Holbrook) have a very nervous first date.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: August 8, 2011
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8. The Last Thanksgiving

Seeing signs that her chemotherapy is working, Cathy (Laura Linney) plans an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate. But as her good news threatens to expose her friend Lee's (guest star Hugh Dancy) lack of success with his own treatment, the ill-fated holiday dinner party ends in tragedy.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: August 15, 2011
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9. A Little Death

As Rebecca (guest star Cynthia Nixon) mourns her miscarriage, a misleading funeral announcement causes Cathy (Laura Linney) to reflect on her own impending death. As Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) struggles to find the right time and place for sex with Myk, Adam's (Gabriel Basso) efforts to cope with his mom's cancer sparks an unusual new friendship.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: August 22, 2011
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10. How Do You Feel?

As Cathy (Laura Linney) looks to patch things up with Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy) in the wake of their falling out over Thanksgiving dinner, Sean (John B. Hickey) struggles to cope with the loss of his girlfriend and their unborn child. Meanwhile, Adam (Gabriel Basso) discovers an unsettling truth when he joins Poppy (guest star Parker Posey) at her high school reunion.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: August 29, 2011
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11. Fight Or Flight

As Cathy's (Laura Linney) search for her missing brother sends her and Adam (Gabriel Basso) to the streets, the demands of an all-night inventory at work force Paul (Oliver Platt) to take extreme measures. And as Myk's attempts to advance their relationship nearly drive Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) away again, Cathy redoubles her efforts to find a treatment for Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy).

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 12, 2011
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12. The Darkest Day

On the eve of a family vacation in Italy, Cathy (Laura Linney) rushes to be with her dying friend Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy). And as Cathy is forced to confront some hard choices between her friend and her family, the discovery of Myk's illegal activities exposes the real reason behind his plans to marry Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe).

TV-MA CC Runtime: 28 minutes Release date: September 19, 2011
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13. Crossing The Line

To honor her late friend Lee, Cathy (Laura Linney) sets out to run in a New Year's Eve marathon. But as she forges ahead against the advice of her doctor (Reid Scott), Paul's (Oliver Platt) mounting drug problem threatens to derail her plans.

TV-MA CC Runtime: 27 minutes Release date: September 26, 2011
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By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2011
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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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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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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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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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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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After watching so many procedurals, where you have to pay such close attention to details of a case, and characters you have to remember for when they show up later and you want it to make sense, this is just relaxation and fun. I like to see the characters just let go and do things that I probably wouldn't do in the situation. Or would I? Who knows what I would do if I found out I have cancer. It makes you think.

I love Laura Linney in this. She makes the character believable even when she's a little over the top. And where do you find a brother like that? Oh, yeah, off the deep end.

I've enjoyed this trip and can't wait to see what comes up in the next season.

This show is for Mature Audiences. Don't forget it's Showtime.
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I love this show. It's a fabulous portrayal of the vast array of emotions a terminal cancer patient goes through on their way through what's left of their life - without being at all depressing. There's a lot of 'comedy', if you will - and poignant moments that will leave you re-evaluating your own day-to-day living skills long after the episode has ended. This is an excellent 'ice-breaker' for families and friends of cancer patients to watch together, to kind of open up dialogue on many difficult to broach subjects. Some of the best acting on television, hands down.
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