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The Big C is an independent television show produced by Sony Pictures Television for broadcast as an original series on the Showtime cable network. The show has garnered critical acclaim and stars Golden Globe winner, Laura Linney, as Cathy Jamison, a teacher, suburban woman and housewife who becomes diagnosed with stage four cancer.

The show features a balance of truth and drama with measured humor and sarcasm, to provide an insightful and alternative view into a dire medical situation. The Big C also features Oliver Platt as Cathy's husband; John Benjamin Hickey and Gabriel Basso. The show also features guest stars such as: Academy Award nominee, Gabourey Sidibe in a recurring role; Cynthia Nixon, Hugh Dancy and Parker Posey.

The Big C was created by executive producer, Darlene Hunt, and Jenny Bicks, as well as actress and star of the show, Laura Linney, Vivian Cannon and Neal H. Moritz. Other producers of the series include Mark Kunerth, Michael Engler, Cara DiPaolo and Melanie Marnich.

The story begins with Cathy Jamison finding out about her cancer diagnosis, which she first decides to hide from friends and family. She finally decides to share the news with family and to pursue experimental medical treatment to conquer the illness sensibly.

Cathy bonds with fellow patient, Lee (played by Hugh Dancy), but is not certain of the new doctor, oncologist Atticus Sherman (played by Alan Alda). Her son, Adam (played by Gabriel Basso) begins a strange friendship with an older woman (played by Parker Posey). Her student, Andrea, (played by Gabourey Sidibe) begins dating a co-worker named Myk (played by Boyd Hollbrook). Sean (played by John Benjamin Hickey) starts living in Marlene's (played by Phyllis Somerville) old home, as he prepares for fatherhood as a result of Rebecca's pregnancy (played by Cynthia Nixon).

The Season 2 finale featured the Jameson family, along with Andrea on a Puerto Rican holiday.The trip turns tragic when Cathy gets entangled in a fishing net while scuba diving. She is set adrift at sea from the dive boat. After the initial shock, she finds that Angel, her new companion (played by Michael Ray Escamilla) is unable to speak English. She comes to some surprising revelations while sharing her thoughts out loud.

The series went into production in early 2012 for its third season, to produce 10 new episodes, scheduled to air on the Showtime Network in 2012's second quarter.

The Big C is a Comedy series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on August 16, 2010. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.1.

The Big C is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Big C on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

4 Seasons, 41 Episodes
August 16, 2010
Cast: Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, John Benjamin Hickey, Gabriel Basso, Phyllis Somerville
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The Big C Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, Adam takes everyone by surprise when he fulfils one of Cathy's wishes. Cathy's estranged Dad visits her. Andrea is offered the chance of a lifetime. Sean has mixed feelings about his impending kidney surgery.

  • Dr. Sherman visits Cathy at hospice, who is experiencing problems with her new room-mate. Adam confronts Paul about his parenting and Andrea seeks inspiration from Cathy.

  • Sean feels encouraged to donate to charity. Paul is upset with Cathy when she signs him up on an online dating service. Andrea tries to impress her tutor, Isaac Mizhari.

  • In the season 4 premiere, Cathy makes preparations for Adam's sixteenth birthday party. Andrea is having a hard time adjusting with her new roommate at fashion school. Paul takes on a new assistant.

  • Cathy is hanging out more with someone she barely knows. Paul is receiving attention from an American tourist leaving him completely flattered. Sean feels bad after his sister doesn't come back to the dive boat.

  • Cathy pays back Maxine and Dave, and confronts Joy about Paul; Sean discovers the positives and negatives of his relationship with Tim and Giselle; Paul discovers something new about Cathy.

  • Cathy and Adam are a little too generous; Joy encourages Paul to go after an endorsement deal; Sean invites his new friends Tim and Giselle to a charity auction.

  • Cathy and Paul receive an offer they can't refuse from Joy's famous friend Rita; Sean befriends Tim, one of his phone-sex customers; now living with his uncle, Adam exercises his independence.

  • Cathy goes out of her way to impress the parents of the baby she wants to adopt.

  • Cathy focuses on her own endeavors while Adam and Andrea each deal with her new direction in their own ways; Sean meets Willy, the former owner of his sex line business.

  • Cathy meets a joyologist that helps her make a big decision; Sean takes Andrea to a fancy restaurant for Valentine's Day; Adam goes to church for the first time.

  • Sean discovers a unique way to generate income; Andrea tries to start an African-American interest club; Adam becomes increasingly devoted to his faith and joins a Bible study group at school.

  • In the Season 3 premiere, Cathy receives medical news that gives her reason to hope for recovery; Sean supports Andrea's newfound appreciation for her African heritage; Adam turns to prayer to help his ailing mother.

The Big C News

'The Big C' Renewed for One More Season Before Cancellation

Looks like "The Big C" is on its last leg, and looking to go out with a final season. It'll be a short one, though, so get your viewing in while you can.