Kidding: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 77


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User Ratings: 401

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Tv Season Info

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 (77) | Top Critics (36)

It's tough to tell if this is going to add up to a coherent story, but I'm really hopeful that Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry will create a series that's worth spending so much time with these characters' pain.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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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 weird. It's tough to know what to make of it. This is not a complaint.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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It has already delivered some surprises and a perfect Carrey, emotional but eccentric, serene but hallucinated, perfect for an unpredictable character. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

Kidding offers a rich, layered story with just the right amount of heart.

Dec 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kidding: Season 1

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Damn Jim Carrey is a GREAT actor, Simply GREAT.
  • Jul 19, 2020
    If Mister Rogers had a dark side and a break down is the best way to describe the show. Carey plays the role of Jeff Pickles extremely well here showing us more of his serious side of acting
  • Apr 21, 2020
    This show is incredible. If you haven't seen it yet (most never will), there is no adequate way to describe just how DIFFERENT it will be from what you think it is. I feel like that needs to be the starting point because most people will assume that this show is about a fictionalized version of Mr. Rodgers. It's not. That is just the wrapping the show comes in, but the range of themes the show covers and the swings between dark comedy, artistry, human drama, and wittiness belies a very very brave and carefully constructed series. You know how most people will say "It's a great show but you gotta watch more than one episode." ... well for Kidding, you really don't get a sense of just how good it is until about three in. Even then, there were times in Season 2 in which my wife and I would turn to each other and say "How the f**k is this really happening in this episode?!" You probably want a comparison. There really are none, so instead here's a cocktail comparison: 2 parts "Six Feet Under" 1 part "Arrested Development" 1 part "Big Lebowski" and a sprinkle of "Memento" zest that's as close as I can get you to what this incredible show is like.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    Americans really love this self-analysis garbage.
  • Mar 17, 2020
    strangely coherent, and inspiring. wonderful and tearful (honestly) in some areas.
  • Mar 11, 2020
    Humourous, clever, easy to watch and who doesn't love Jim.
  • Mar 09, 2020
    Without a doubt, the most mentally stimulating, original, unique and satisfying show I've watched in at least 10 years. Maybe ever. But I'm kind of unusual in loving things that make me think about the human condition.
  • Mar 07, 2020
    What's great about this show, is the Dr. Jackle / Mr. Hyde theme that fallows the life of Jeff Pickles. While both on and "off screen" Pickles is known to be a gentle hearted, kind and peaceful man. At the same time, behind close doors he is also angry, tortured and in pain. And as the series progresses you see the inner conflict each major character faces. The realistic and humanistic qualities is what makes this show amazing, as does the acting.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    Brilliant show, not aware of anything like it.
  • Feb 19, 2020
    I just started watching this series and find it to be deep and thought provoking; there are many layers to the story; a profound examination of "reality", perception and this complicated "life". Jim Carey is exceptional in the role of the main character, Jeff Pickles. Looking forward to the remaining seasons and the story unfolding.

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