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Episodes (US): Season 1 (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 6

Hollywood satires have been done for decades, but Episodes' strong central performance and complex human relationships elevate its familiar premise.

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Average Rating: 8.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

Hollywood satires have been done for decades, but Episodes' strong central performance and complex human relationships elevate its familiar premise.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 18

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Season Info

Matt LeBlanc takes on the most difficult role of his life---playing Matt LeBlanc---in this TV-industry satire. Married Brits, Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan), come to the United States to produce a sitcom based on their hit UK programme, only to find that the new series is to be radically Americanised. In the series opener, upon their arrival in Hollywood the Lincolns discover the network honcho (John Pankow) wants to replace their choice of leading man, a classically

Network: Showtime

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 9, 2011

Episode 1

A comedy about married British-TV producers who sell their hit series to American television. In the series opener, they arrive in Hollywood to discover the network honcho wants to replace their choice of leading man, a classically trained English actor, with a "huge star, hysterically funny" and an American audience favorite.

2
Air date: Jan 16, 2011

Episode 2

Season 1. Sean falls prey to Matt's flattery at a swanky dinner party. Ends 5/1

3
Air date: Jan 23, 2011

Episode 3

HD Version. Season 1. Sean and Matt spend a day bonding with a trip to Las Vegas. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 5/1

4
Air date: Jan 30, 2011

Episode 4

HD Version. Season 1. Sean and Beverly chauffeur a drunk Matt to his ex-wife's house. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 5/1

5
Air date: Feb 6, 2011

Episode 5

Season 1. Sean attends a charity event with Matt and an attractive actress. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

6
Air date: Feb 13, 2011

Episode 6

Season 1. Furious about her husband and Morning, Beverly packs and leaves. Ends 5/1

7
Air date: Feb 20, 2011

Episode 7

HD Version. Season 1 finale. Beverly returns home in regret to wrap series production. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 5/1

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (6)

It offers a great cast, and some very tight, tart scripting.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

While "Episodes" mines Hollywood absurdities for dependable laughs, it's LeBlanc, playing himself, or more accurately, a character who shares his name and resume, who elevates the seven-episode first season above simple parody.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

There's savage satirical delight to be enjoyed in this broad, unsparing farce.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The show's creators have to decide whether they want revenge on the industry idiots who've crossed their paths, or if they want the audience [to] buy into comedic and dramatic situations that seem more grounded and less obvious.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

"Episodes" is flawless and hilarious.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

It's still fun to join in the mocking of Hollywood, a big, juicy target that "Episodes" hits with ease.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When you're attacking a big, fat target like the superficial, duplicitous nature of Hollywood, and being so relentless and bitter about it, you need to be much, much, much funnier than "Episodes" is.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

Tthe dialogue is wittily written, and Matt LeBlanc turns out to be a pleasure to watch.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

It evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

It's a British and American co-production that mostly makes fun of American television: a satirical and quite funny comedy.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Even when it's irritating, "Episodes" is funny.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

There's so much delicious fun-house-mirror truth here.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Oh my God, people: I was wrong. To my shock, Episodes is great-the sharpest sitcom debut this year.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

By the end of its premiere, "Episodes" reaches the same level of staleness that it took "Entourage" several seasons to achieve.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

A riotously, often scathingly funny showbiz satire that proves LeBlanc is smart enough to know self-mockery can be a potent weapon, and talented enough to wield it properly.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

So far, all involved somehow are doing something very right.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

This Showtime-BBC co-venture isn't so much bad, necessarily, as simply redundant.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Three good lead performances and enough sharp writing about both show business and relationships give the show a comedic bite that makes up for the stuff you've seen before.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

This promising satire is lost, however, when LeBlanc comes on the scene.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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