The Big C: Hereafter (2013)


The Big C

Critics Consensus

Laura Linney's heartbreaking performance may resonate with viewers who have lost loved ones, but The Big C's denouement feels less like a profound dirge than an obligatory conclusion to a series that had already exhausted its premise.



Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 0


Air date: Apr 29, 2013
Air date: Apr 29, 2013
Air date: May 6, 2013
Air date: May 6, 2013
Air date: May 13, 2013
Air date: May 13, 2013
Air date: May 20, 2013
Air date: May 20, 2013

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Tv Season Info

"The Big C" is retitled "The Big C: Hereafter" for its fourth and final season which finds Cathy (Laura Linney) winding down. Adam (Gabriel Basso) turns 16 which prompts Cathy to throw him a party. Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) is mentored by guest-star Isaac Mizrahi at fashion school. Cathy checks in to hospice where she's visited by Dr. Sherman (Alan Alda). Paul (Oliver Platt) reunites Cathy and her estranged father. Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) decides to be charitable by donating a kidney. Adam fulfills one of Cathy's dying wishes.

Critic Reviews for The Big C Hereafter

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

"Hereafter" manages to capture the sense those of us being left behind sometimes get; that the person going already has a foot planted somewhere else. But it also, repeatedly, hones in on the joy that can hit unexpectedly at even the worst moments.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Linney herself also exudes remarkable confidence in a role where you'd think the only real option would be uncertainty.

Apr 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Through lingering, dark humor and through more quiet, serious moments, the moral continues to be the importance of actually living.

Apr 25, 2013 | Full Review…

A chore of a series at times that never really managed to figure out how to balance its dark humor with its dark subject matter, and over the course of Hereafter, seemed to sprint... as though the series itself was tired of itself.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's tone still tends to the exasperatingly adorable, but Linney's performance is focused, concentrated, free of histrionics and intensely poignant. A lovely piece of work.

Jan 3, 2019 | Full Review…

These four episodes provided some genuine, emotional closure to the story of Cathy and her family, dealt interestingly and movingly with lots of questions about death, and what comes next and ended the series in the only way it honestly could.

May 21, 2013 | Full Review…

This show always knows exactly how to mesh comedy and drama.

Apr 29, 2013 | Full Review…

At this point, Laura Linney has no character left to play. All the hateful feelings she got to express toward her unappreciative family last season... have just been washed away, leaving four hours mostly devoted to mushy, tender emotions.

Jan 3, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Cathy's self-reflection and loneliness are completely understandable. Entertainment-wise, it's a nonstarter... If the rest of the miniseries follows suit, Cathy's slow slog to acceptance could prove as bland as her once-favorite cherry pie.

Jan 3, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It's just that - and I feel bad about saying this - there's no place left for the show to go, now it's in its fourth series. The characters are all played out.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…
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