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The Big C: Season 1 (2010)




Critic Consensus: The Big C is an unconventional and finely contoured drama, with moments of uplift and humor.


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Laura Linney stars as Cathy Jamison a schoolteacher who is facing a terminal skin cancer diagnosis. In the first season, Cathy struggles to tell her husband Paul (Oliver Platt), son Adam (Gabriel Basso) and homeless brother Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) about her diagnosis. Cathy decides she and Paul need some time apart. Cathy pursues non-traditional cancer treatments from Bee Man played by Liam Neeson. Cynthia Nixon guest stars as Cathy's high-school friend Rebecca in whom Sean takes a special interest. Phyllis Somerville as eccentric neighbor Marlene and Gabourey Sidibe as smart-mouthed Andrea round out the cast.


Laura Linney
as Cathy Jamison
Oliver Platt
as Paul Jamison
Gabriel Basso
as Adam Jamison
Reid Scott
as Dr. Todd
Liam Neeson
as The Bee Man
William Duffy
as Police Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Big C: Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

A gently mordant comedy.

August 16, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are laughs, but they are surrounded by grim circumstances, persistent pathos, and awesome lead performances.

August 16, 2010 | Full Review…

Linney, a terrific actress, anchors this cast nicely. We like them all, which is critical and helps us past the fact that Linney's wild-child moments break little new ground.

August 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Still, The Big C's versions of empowerment aren't always convincing. Still, the show does illustrate a useful idea, that what you think is "normal" is only that, what you think.

August 16, 2010 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The only way to describe The Big C is with a big 'T.' Trite.

August 16, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Big C is tonally all over the place, to the point where a terminal illness almost seems a relief.

August 16, 2010 | Full Review…

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