Kidding: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: Fans of Jim Carrey's slapstick may be disappointed, but other viewers may find a surprisingly poignant examination of life and grief in Kidding.


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Jeff Piccirillo (Jim Carrey) is the face of a longtime children's TV show called "Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time." However, behind his jovial Mr. Pickles mask, Jeff struggles with the death of his son Phil (Cole Allen), his separation from his wife Jill (Judy Greer), and his conflict with his father Seb (Frank Langella), with whom he works as the producer of his TV show. Rounding up the first-season cast of "Kidding" are Catherine Keener as Jeff's sister Didi, Juliet Morris as Didi's daughter Maddy, Bernard White as Didi's husband Scott, and Justin Kirk as Jill's new boyfriend. Cole Allen also stars as Will, Jeff's other son and Phil's twin. Guest stars include Tara Lipinski and Conan O'Brien as themselves.

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Critic Reviews for Kidding Season 1

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (34)

Carrey remains as unsettling as ever; not exactly someone to root for but always horribly watchable.

Nov 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A marvelous character study and Showtime's best series in years.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm going to keep watching this show, with its wizardly director and mythopoeic lead actor, because I'm confident that at some point it will drastically illuminate the nature of existence-yours and mine.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Bold, provocative and at its core heartbreakingly endearing, it borrows from the original mold -- and then breaks it.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Langella, in particular, is remarkable as a man who is unfeeling and perfectly comfortable with it. If and when Jeff becomes more credible, and not just a fairy tale persona, the entire ensemble will be solid as a rock.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Kidding is a low-key series that makes the most of the supremely talented Jim Carrey, an actor with great instincts and the embodiment of sad clown.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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There is a lot that is not very funny about the decidedly bleak Showtime series Kidding from Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry, and that's both good and bad... However,... [it] is still worth watching if you can grind through.

Dec 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Kidding's season finale highlighted the series' strengths: raw-nerve performances, bittersweet melancholy, nervous laughter, and magical realism. Jim Carrey's sad clown routine has never been better.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

t's hard to imagine anyone else commanding our empathy so well as he walks the line between joy and pain, tearing at our heartstrings then nudging us in the ribs with a chuckle. The effect is unsettling - and meant to be.

Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Despite its desire to shock, there was human kindness in there.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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