Episodes (US): Season 1 (2011)
Critic Consensus: Hollywood satires have been done for decades, but Episodes' strong central performance and complex human relationships elevate its familiar premise.
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… More
as Matt LeBlanc
as Sean Lincoln
as Beverly Lincoln
as Merc Lapidus
as Carol Rance
as Morning Randolph
as Andy Button
as Myra Licht
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This promising satire is lost, however, when LeBlanc comes on the scene.
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.
It's a British and American co-production that mostly makes fun of American television: a satirical and quite funny comedy.
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.
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