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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 (35) | Top Critics (20)

At once warmly relatable and darkly humorous; a series of deadpanned one-liners, sight gags, and quirky characters orbiting around a woman who is silently dealing with the reality of terminal illness.

January 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

If there were an upside to cancer, this exceptionally acted dramedy would be it. Above all, it offers leading lady and executive producer Linney smart material that she can really sink her teeth into.

January 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

And if the actress playing Cathy wasn't as talented and committed as Laura Linney, The Big C might be unbearable. Fortunately, the creative team has Linney, and Platt and Gabourey Sidibe.

January 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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