Episodes (US): Season 2 (2012)

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Season 2
Episodes (US)

Critics Consensus

Episodes works just as well in its second season, though the show's satire is less innocent and more aggressive.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jul 1, 2012
2
Air date: Jul 8, 2012
3
Air date: Jul 15, 2012
4
Air date: Jul 22, 2012
5
Air date: Jul 29, 2012
6
Air date: Aug 5, 2012
7
Air date: Aug 12, 2012
8
Air date: Aug 19, 2012
9
Air date: Aug 26, 2012

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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), came to the United States to produce a sitcom based on their hit UK programme, only to find that the new series was to be radically Americanised. In the Series 2 premiere, "Pucks!" scores big ratings, meaning that the separated Sean and Beverly—and star Matt who had a fling with her—must find a way to coexist and continue working together. As the series goes on, research shows that "Pucks!" is taking a ratings hit. But the good news is that viewers are responding favourably to the young cast, necessitating some rewrites to upcoming scripts. Matt, however, is not known as one who likes to share the spotlight. To also help "Pucks!" to a ratings bump, network exec Merc (John Pankow) wants Matt to land one of his former "Friends" costars for a guest appearance on the show. In the Searies 2 finale, Merc discovers that his wife and Matt had an affair; and Sean is devastated when Beverly turns up at an awards dinner with a date.

Cast

Matt LeBlanc
as Matt LeBlanc
Stephen Mangan
as Sean Lincoln
Tamsin Greig
as Beverly Lincoln
John Pankow
as Merc Lapidus
Mircea Monroe
as Morning Randolph
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News & Interviews for Episodes (US): Season 2

Critic Reviews for Episodes (US) Season 2

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Episodes had a lot to prove. The good news is that series two... is better.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Everything seems much snappier -- without a dud line in sight... LeBlanc has remained something of a monster -- but he's a more convincing monster. And, importantly, one we might actually grow to like.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While the humor can be as nasty and politically incorrect as anything on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," at its heart, "Episodes" is rooted in a very sweet romance.

Jul 1, 2012 | Full Review…

Still fun, but the innocent first moments last season were better.

Jul 1, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Episodes careens when it should while also knowing when to settle down and behave itself a bit

Jul 1, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Matt LeBlanc is great as Matt LeBlanc: he's still got wonderful comedic timing and delivery, but he shows depth as an actor as he plays with our preconceived notions about "Joey."

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The music has really been the strong point of this series and, without fail, it underpins the dramatic moments really well.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The cast are excellent value, but only Tamsin Greig seems to be playing for genuine emotional stakes.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

I devoured these nine episodes in two sittings.

Jul 1, 2012 | Full Review…

It's grown into a more enjoyable slice of summer escapism.

Jul 1, 2012 | Full Review…

It has more heart than I first credited it with, and the season-long arc involving Sean and Beverly is both funny and touching.

Jul 1, 2012 | Full Review…

Season 2 of the Hollywood satire still plays too broad, like Entourage written in Magic Marker. But Matt LeBlanc's understated performance as himself has gotten even better.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Episodes (US): Season 2

  • Apr 04, 2018
    Despite serious doubts about it, is season two of Episodes very entertaining and excites me for more. By now it almost seems like the directors deliberately came up with predictable storylines and jokes, but the magic to it is, that they still work very well. Just like the first season, does Episodes second season start off very weak and only really gains momentum halfway through. Overall the plot gets more interesting and offers a bit more than just a funny LeBlanc. Yet still, those who are looking for their LeBlanc fix are not going to be left disappointed. Several of Matt's real-life experiences are hilariously worked into the season, although taken to new heights. If you want to know what's true, opposed to just watch the show as is, be prepared to spend a lot of time on Google. You will find answers.
  • Mar 22, 2016
    Wonderful satire on the entertainment industry. An English couple, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, respectively), are the creators/producers of a long- running, highly acclaimed and very popular TV show on UK TV, "Lyman's Boys". After receiving yet another award for the show they are approached by a US TV executive. He wants to take them to the US and make a US version of the show. After much haggling and assurances that the show will remain largely unchanged they agree. Once in the US they discover that the proposed show is quite different to the UK version. Their greatest dismay, however, is reserved for the fact that their venerable lead actor is to be replaced by Friends star Matt Le Blanc. Very funny, in an understated English sort of way. Pokes fun at the entertainment industry in a subtle tongue-in-cheek way. Most particularly it satirizes the superficiality and star-obsessed nature of US television. Some good drama too: the fish-out-of-water nature of the two main characters, the culture clashes, the relationship issues. Solid work by Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan in the lead roles. Matt Le Blanc is great as himself (or a alter-ego of himself - some details of his life are changed for the series). Must be difficult to parody yourself with a straight face, and he does it with aplomb. Season 2 continues the good work of Season 1, with mostly the same style. It also adds in a few inane, hysterically funny touches (eg a blind woman playing golf, Matt and his stalker).
  • Dec 08, 2013
    Not as good as the first season, but Episodes is still a smart, funny, and incredibly thoughtful show, that deserves as many seasons as it takes before it gets repetitive.

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