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  • 2011
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.8  (36,660)

Episodes is a British-American television comedy series that premiered on Showtime in 2011. The show stars Matt LeBlanc, who plays a fictionalized version of himself, Tamsin Greig, and Stephen Mangan as the three main characters, with supporting roles from John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mircea Monroe, Genevieve O'Reilly, Chris Diamantopoulos, Joseph May, Daisy Haggard, Sam Palladio, Demetri Goritsas, and Lou Hirsch.

The plot of Episodes follows the story of a British couple, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Mangan and Greig) who have achieved success in their home country with a television show they created called Lyman's Boys. However, their success leads to an invitation from an American TV executive, Merc Lapidus (Pankow), to adapt their show for a US audience.

After the couple moves to Los Angeles to start work on the American version of their show, they quickly find themselves out of their depth and struggling to adapt to the Hollywood system. Merc and his assistant, Carol (Perkins), make drastic changes to the show, including casting Matt LeBlanc (playing himself) as the lead character in a move that makes little sense to the Lincolns but seems to bring the show new life.

As the series progresses, the Lincolns become increasingly disillusioned with the creative compromises they are forced to make, as well as with the erratic behavior of both Merc and LeBlanc. Meanwhile, LeBlanc's personal life becomes a source of ongoing drama, with recurring issues that include failed relationships, financial instability, and a strained relationship with his own family.

Episodes is a clever, sharply written comedy that mixes elements of satire and parody with more nuanced character-driven storytelling. The show is well-regarded for its sharp writing and strong cast, particularly for LeBlanc's performance, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

Overall, Episodes is an entertaining and insightful portrayal of the American television industry and the behind-the-scenes machinations that drive it. With a strong cast and engaging storyline, it is a strong addition to Showtime's comedy lineup.

Episodes is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on January 9, 2011.

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Episode 507
7. Episode 507
October 8, 2017
Sean and Beverly learn that Matt - offering no explanation - has passed on the new show they created for him. Now they must figure out what lies ahead for their lives and careers without Matt. Carol continues to pursue her lawsuit against Helen and the network. But an encounter at her deposition may take her life in an entirely unexpected direction. Series finale.
Episode 506
6. Episode 506
October 1, 2017
Sean and Beverly find themselves in an ugly dispute with Matt when he demands a writing credit on their new show. Neither side is willing to give in. After all, they came up with the premise - but he bought the pads and pens! Carol decides to leave television, move home to Michigan and raise Merc's child on her own. What will she do for money? Sue Helen and the network for sexual harassment.
Episode 505
5. Episode 505
September 24, 2017
Carol reveals that she's pregnant and, even more significant, planning on keeping the baby - forcing Beverly to finally tell her the truth about Merc and Morning. Meanwhile, in the midst of Matt, Sean and Beverly struggling to come up with an idea for a new show, Matt's father drops dead - thrusting Matt (and a reluctant Sean and Beverly) into the enormous hassle of dealing with his remains.
Episode 504
4. Episode 504
September 17, 2017
Back on the hiking trail for the first time in months, Carol confesses to Beverly her newfound happiness with Merc. Appalled, Beverly nevertheless agrees to support her - until she discovers that Merc has recently become engaged. To Morning Randolph! Matt takes Sean and Beverly to his ranch for a working weekend to try and come up with a new series. Gunplay ensues. And a wild boar.
Episode 503
3. Episode 503
September 10, 2017
Matt tries to woo Sean and Beverly away from Tim. Carol hits rock bottom.
Episode 502
2. Episode 502
August 27, 2017
Matt's tryst with Danika goes viral - and no amount of damage control can contain it. Matt tries to take matters into his own hands by calling Elliot Salad, the head of the network, to plead his case but ends up getting more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, life goes on for the rest of the world. Sean and Beverly endure a disastrous casting session with Tim. And Carol gets stoned with her maid.
Episodes: Episode 501
1. Episodes: Episode 501
August 20, 2017
Matt's show is a runaway hit. Carol goes into a tailspin. Season premiere.
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Where to Watch Episodes
Episodes is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Episodes on demand at Showtime, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Showtime Anytime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 9, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (36,660)