The Big C

Series Summary
Acclaimed actress Laura Linney stars in this comedy-drama as Minneapolis schoolteacher Cathy Jamison, whose reserved, structured way of life is turned upside down after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Gone are the days of pleasing everyone else; now, for the first time in her life, she is going to choose the path that most suits her needs. And that means, in part, telling her immature husband, spoiled son and outspoken brother to grow up. Cathy, meanwhile, wants to act up ... and along the way she forms new bonds with some unexpected people.

Air Dates: 2010 - Present

Genres: Comedy drama

Network: SHOW

  • Season 4, Ep. 4 : The FinaleMay 20, 2013

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    Cathy is visited by her estranged father; Sean develops mixed feelings about his kidney surgery; Andrea gets an opportunity of a lifetime.

  • Season 4, Ep. 3 : Quality of DeathMay 13, 2013

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    Cathy has issues with her roommate after she checks into hospice; Adam confronts Paul about his lack of parental guidance; Cathy inspires Andrea to get her sparkle back.

  • Season 4, Ep. 2 : You Can't Take It With YouMay 6, 2013

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    Cathy signs Paul up for an online dating service; Andrea fails to impress her instructor.

  • Season 4, Ep. 1 : Quality of LifeApr 29, 2013

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    Cathy plans a party for Adam's sixteenth birthday; Paul gets a new assistant; Andrea has trouble fitting in.

  • Season 3, Ep. 10 : Fly AwayJun 17, 2012

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    Cathy spends time with a stranger; Paul receives attention from a tourist; Sean is guilt-ridden.

ratings & reviews

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  • The show is less profound and novel than it seems to think it is. But the performances are strong enough that I want to stick around for Cathy Jamison's final journey, even if the path feels particularly well-trod. Show More

  • The show is cluttered with cutesy sidekicks, including Gabourey Sidibe as a student and John Benjamin Hickey as Cathy's homeless brother. But Linney's a big deal. [30 Aug 2010, p.37] Show More

  • It's unclear how many more seasons Cathy will survive, and how much humor can be mined from her pain. The visuals just might stay with you, though, as long as you live. Show More

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