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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
5 June 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A star is reborn. See more »
Plot:
An ex A-list celebrity attempts to rekindle the flame of her once prominent acting career with nothing but a camera crew and some determination. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Phoebe is dead See more (49 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 15 of 49)

Lisa Kudrow ... Valerie Cherish (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Lance Barber ... Paulie G. (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Robert Michael Morris ... Mickey Deane (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Laura Silverman ... Jane Benson (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Damian Young ... Mark Berman (21 episodes, 2005-2014)

Malin Akerman ... Juna Millken (15 episodes, 2005-2014)

Robert Bagnell ... Tom Peterman (14 episodes, 2005-2014)

Kellan Lutz ... Chris MacNess (14 episodes, 2005-2014)

Jason Olive ... Jesse Wood (13 episodes, 2005)

Kimberly Kevon Williams ... Shayne Thomas (13 episodes, 2005)

Vanessa Marano ... Franchesca (12 episodes, 2005)

JT Alexander ... Actor (12 episodes, 2005)

Lillian Hurst ... Esperanza (11 episodes, 2005-2014)

Dan Bucatinsky ... Billy Stanton (9 episodes, 2005-2014)

Bayne Gibby ... Gigi (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
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Series Directed by
Michael Patrick King (8 episodes, 2005-2014)
Michael Lehmann (4 episodes, 2005)
John Riggi (3 episodes, 2014)
Clark Mathis (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
Greg Mottola (2 episodes, 2005)
David Steinberg (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Patrick King (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Lisa Kudrow (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
John Riggi (4 episodes, 2005-2014)
Amy Harris (3 episodes, 2005-2014)
Michael Schur (2 episodes, 2005)
Linda Wallem (2 episodes, 2005)

Series Produced by
Dan Bucatinsky .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Michael Patrick King .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Lisa Kudrow .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
Amy Harris .... producer / co-executive producer (20 episodes, 2005-2014)
John Riggi .... co-executive producer (20 episodes, 2005-2014)
Eric M. Cyphers .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2005)
John P. Melfi .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2005)
Mickie Reuster .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2005)
Denis Biggs .... producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Michael Schur .... co-producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Linda Wallem .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2005)
Hans van Doornewaard .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2014)
Jim Klever-Weis .... producer (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber (12 episodes, 2005)
Clark Mathis (8 episodes, 2005-2014)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Rogers (8 episodes, 2005)
Darryl Bates (5 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Casting by
Elizabeth Barnes (13 episodes, 2005)
Meg Liberman (13 episodes, 2005)
Camille H. Patton (13 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Production Design by
Kitty Doris-Bates (21 episodes, 2005-2014)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Michele Poulik (13 episodes, 2005)
Lisa Clark (8 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Costume Design by
Tom Broecker (13 episodes, 2005)
Trayce Gigi Field (6 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Makeup Department
René Dashiell Kerby .... assistant makeup artist (13 episodes, 2005)
Robin Siegel .... makeup artist: Ms. Kudrow (13 episodes, 2005)
Kristina Vogel .... key makeup artist (13 episodes, 2005)
Leigh Ann Cho-Pitchon .... assistant hair stylist (12 episodes, 2005)
Cyndra Dunn .... key hair stylist (12 episodes, 2005)
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist: Ms. Kudrow (12 episodes, 2005)
Nancy Stimac .... key hair stylist / hair stylist (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Steve Artmont .... key makeup artist (6 episodes, 2014)
Mary Ann Valdes .... hair department head / hair department head: Personal to Lisa Kudrow (6 episodes, 2014)
Brad Scott .... key hair stylist (4 episodes, 2005)
Nicole Artmont .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2014)
Jonathan Hanousek .... hair stylist: Ms. Kudrow (2 episodes, 2005)

Marianna Elias .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Leslie Waldman .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Philipp A. Barnett .... unit production manager (8 episodes, 2014)
James Baumgartner .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colleen Casey .... second second assistant director (12 episodes, 2005)
Adam Ben Frank .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 2005)
Michael A. Allowitz .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2005)
Jinny Parron .... dga trainee (7 episodes, 2014)
Eric Tignini .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2005)
Kendall L. Nichols .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Art Department
Pierre Gonzalez .... swing set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Fernando Reinhard .... swing set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser / swing set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Snyder .... on-set dresser (13 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Tirado .... leadman (13 episodes, 2005)
Donovan H. Miller .... assistant property master (12 episodes, 2005)
James Torvinen .... property master (12 episodes, 2005)
Adam Binder .... art department staff assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Mark Kelly .... props (8 episodes, 2014)
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2014)
Alexander Hernandez .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2014)
Beatriz Kerti .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2014)
Heather Oglesby .... art department coordinator (6 episodes, 2014)
Jill Rolie-December .... assistant set decorator (6 episodes, 2014)
Cheryl Gould Strang .... leadman (6 episodes, 2014)
Liz Goetz .... art department production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Andrew Leitch .... graphic artist: props (2 episodes, 2014)

Brock Helfer .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
John Benson .... supervising sound editor (13 episodes, 2005)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (13 episodes, 2005)
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor (13 episodes, 2005)
David Hancock .... mix assistant (13 episodes, 2005)
Tamara Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer (13 episodes, 2005)
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator / sound: a2 (12 episodes, 2005)
Mark Fay .... sound utility (12 episodes, 2005)
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer (12 episodes, 2005)
David Beadle .... adr editor / dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2005)
Jason Oliver .... adr mixer (8 episodes, 2014)
William F. MacPherson .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Julie Altus .... diaogue editor (6 episodes, 2014)
Anna R. Delanzo .... utility sound technician (6 episodes, 2014)
Alexandra Gallo .... boom operator (6 episodes, 2014)
Kevin McCullough .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 2014)
Tim Terusa .... adr editor / dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2005)

Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Steve Newquist .... special effects coordinator (3 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Takashi Takeoka .... digital compositor (8 episodes, 2014)
Tom Kendall .... visual effects producer (6 episodes, 2005)
Matthew Collorafice .... visual effects supervisor (4 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Stunts
Rj Wolfe .... stunt double: Brad Goreski (2 episodes, 2014)

Robert Alonzo .... stunt performer / utility stunts (unknown episodes)
Oliver Keller .... stunt grip (unknown episodes)
Boni Yanagisawa .... utility stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 2005)
Steve Charnow .... lamp operator (13 episodes, 2005)
David Irwin .... rigging gaffer (13 episodes, 2005)
Iain O'Higgins .... best boy electric (13 episodes, 2005)
John Priebe .... gaffer (13 episodes, 2005)
Calvin Starnes .... grip (13 episodes, 2005)
Marie Chao .... second assistant camera (12 episodes, 2005)
C.E. Courtney .... dimmer board operator (12 episodes, 2005)
John Koth .... best boy grip / key grip (12 episodes, 2005)
Andrew Lemon .... second assistant camera / video camera engineer (12 episodes, 2005)
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... camera operator: 'a' camera / camera operator / ... (12 episodes, 2005)
John McKain .... grip (12 episodes, 2005)
Abby Antweil .... lamp operator (11 episodes, 2005)
Joseph D. Beam .... lamp operator (11 episodes, 2005)
Sean Patrick Crowell .... key grip (10 episodes, 2005)
Paul Horn .... camera operator: 'b' camera / camera operator: "b" camera (10 episodes, 2005)
Al Stewart .... grip (10 episodes, 2005)
Damien Collier .... set lighting technician (8 episodes, 2014)
Stephan Dalyai .... chief lighting technician (8 episodes, 2014)
Brian Kinzey .... lighting technician (8 episodes, 2014)
Johnny Medeiros .... video assist engineer (6 episodes, 2014)
Rob Abbey .... video assist operator (4 episodes, 2005)
Colleen E. Hayes .... still photographer (4 episodes, 2014)
Tim Soronen .... best boy: grip (4 episodes, 2014)
Igor Tochilnikov .... set lighting technician (4 episodes, 2014)
Rick Robertson .... camera operator / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (3 episodes, 2005)
Joe Romeo .... dimmer board operator / lamp operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Kyle Sauer .... loader (3 episodes, 2014)
Jesse Jareswsky .... lamp operator (2 episodes, 2005)
Troy Kohrs .... grip (2 episodes, 2005)

Michael Eaton .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ryan Huston .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Angi Burk .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (13 episodes, 2005)
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (12 episodes, 2005)
Joanna Leeds .... adr voice casting (8 episodes, 2014)
Elana Staehli .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2014)
Lindsay Weber .... extras casting (6 episodes, 2014)
Elizabeth Barnes .... original casting by (1 episode, 2014)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Wujick .... key costumer (13 episodes, 2005)
Barbara Gordon .... costumer (12 episodes, 2005)
Maurice Palinski .... costumer (12 episodes, 2005)
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costume supervisor (10 episodes, 2005)
Ric Spencer .... costumer (9 episodes, 2005)
Suzanne Cranfill .... wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 2014)
Tiger Curran .... costumer (6 episodes, 2014)
April Dunlap .... key costumer (6 episodes, 2014)
Amanda Gore .... costumer (6 episodes, 2014)
Megan Klimkos .... costume pa (6 episodes, 2014)
Ivette Silberman .... costumer (3 episodes, 2005)
Barcie Waite .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 2005)
Michelle Matteo .... costumer (3 episodes, 2014)
Ashley Kemper .... costume assistant (2 episodes, 2014)
 
Series Editorial Department
Pankaj Bajpai .... colorist (13 episodes, 2005)
Grace Naughton .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2005)
Meghan Robertson .... post-production assistant (13 episodes, 2005)
Michael Zurer .... first assistant editor (13 episodes, 2005)
Dean Donofrio .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 2005)
Jonathan Slater .... on-line editor (12 episodes, 2005)
Carly Neher .... post-production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Alyssa Parella .... post-production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)

Richard Glazerman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Deva Anderson .... music consultant (13 episodes, 2005)
Delphine Robertson .... music consultant (13 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Transportation Department
Tom Lyons .... transportation captain (12 episodes, 2005)
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator (12 episodes, 2005)
J.T. Thayer .... driver (6 episodes, 2014)
Michael Bangs .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Lee Sanders .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Dave Tiller .... transportation captain (4 episodes, 2005)
James Westdorpe .... driver (4 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Van de Brooke .... driver (3 episodes, 2005)

J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
John Flavin .... assistant: Mr. Melfi (13 episodes, 2005)
Timothy Meehan .... writers: assistant / production assistant to writer (13 episodes, 2005)
Mark Taylor .... production executive (13 episodes, 2005)
Allison Belanger .... assistant to Ms. Kudrow (12 episodes, 2005)
Julie Camino .... production coordinator (12 episodes, 2005)
Helene Forman .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2005)
Adam Howard .... craft service (12 episodes, 2005)
Katie Lavery .... production secretary (12 episodes, 2005)
Heather Morgan .... story editor (12 episodes, 2005)
Mel Ray Sandvik .... first assistant accountant / assistant production accountant (12 episodes, 2005)
Ivan E. Schwarz .... location manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Maggi Solso .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Gabriel Ynda .... assistant location manager (12 episodes, 2005)
Jack Gutowitz .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2005)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 2005)
Olivia Auld .... production assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Alix Bannon .... post production accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
Laura Barney .... assistant to ms. kudrow (8 episodes, 2014)
Ardy Brent Carlson .... Key Production Assistant (8 episodes, 2014)
Jennifer Goldsmith .... production accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
Shuli Harel .... 1st assistant accountant (8 episodes, 2014)
Kenton Harris .... key assistant location manager (8 episodes, 2014)
April Hernandez .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2014)
Eric Odioso .... assistant production coordinator (8 episodes, 2014)
Edward Mazurek .... location manager (7 episodes, 2005-2014)
Sarah DeBoer .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2014)
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2014)
Jason T. Welden .... computer screen graphics (6 episodes, 2014)
Jennifer Getzinger .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2005)
Anthony Steinhart .... key set production assistant (4 episodes, 2005)
Jerri Whiteman .... payroll (4 episodes, 2005)
Ian Dalesky .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2014)
Nivia D. Davis .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)
Jeremy Guzowski .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)
Henriette Mantel .... consultant (3 episodes, 2005)
Mike Tsucalas .... set production assistant (3 episodes, 2005)
Cheryl Andryco .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Stacy Brown .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Dan Burks .... set production assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Mandy Grant-Grierson .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2014)

Lorenzo dela Rosa .... additional set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Cristie Schoen .... chef (unknown episodes)
John Trujillo .... layout board (unknown episodes)
James William Visconti III .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Oorala Yamada .... additional set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Christopher Zatta .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Australia:M | Netherlands:AL | UK:12 (some episodes) | UK:15 (some episodes) | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michele Weinberger (Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)), Phoebe Buffay ("Friends" (1994)), Valerie Cherish ("The Comeback" (2005)) and Fiona Wallice ("Web Therapy" (2008)) are Lisa Kudrow's most famous characters to date and all of them have a lot in common. They all share of a tragic past that have isolated them from the others, making them create and live in their very own particular world as a self defense sense to avoid and surpass the suffering, causing the fake impression that they have a shallow or ignorant personality when in fact they are just in conflict with the ordinary social understand of living. Although each one of them goes through very humiliating moments, they do not have a mean or disrespectful nature with the others (not even Fiona whose personality is inclined to take advantage on the situations). They also share of self unawareness, but ironically they have an overwhelming self esteem and confidence. All of the performances had been used in the past somehow and she later brought each one back to become the characters that people now know. Lisa has already stated at Kevin Pollack's Chat Show that she likes to make humor with the "slice of life"-kind of thing. Michael Patrick have defined during their Writers Guild Foundation interview that she first deconstruct a character from the inside out to later build it all over again. Lisa also stated that she doesn't like her characters to be mean or to deliver degrading situations because it's not her style and audience does not deserve that kind of disrespect.See more »
Quotes:
Valerie Cherish:Well, this is it, this is my It-wall. Used to be bigger, but then I got married and you know, you have to share. So... Um, let me show you this. *This* here is my people's choice award, that I got for I'm It. And it means a lot to me because it's from the people. So... and right here is my Leno. There it is.
Jane:Talk more about that.
Valerie Cherish:What is there to say? There was a monkey on my head and he pooed! You know - it was a real water cooler moment, you know, the whole next day everyone was... you know. And you know, this was Leno's first year. So it was a real important show for him too! You know. It was quite an appearance. Classic!
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In the final episode of the series, does it leave off with a cliff hanger or does it wrap up the show?
Why Didn't Paulie G. badmouth Valerie in that last episode?
Why are there so many people who are mean to Valerie?
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Phoebe is dead, 15 September 2005
Author: alexhornbye3 from London

I have just had the pleasure of seeing the entire season of The Comeback. I cannot believe the poor reception this series has had with the viewing public of America. The writing and performances from all concerned are outstanding. The situations are extreme, but then how many of us have the insight into the makings of a TV sitcom. Even so, it always seems believable. Kudos to Kudrow for creating one of the most likable, infuriating, delicious, yet tragic characters to grace TV for a long while. And special mention to Lance Barber for instilling Paulie G with so much venom and hatred to create one of the most loathsome. So many good moments crammed into each episode this series demands repeat viewing. I caught an ep. of Friends shortly afterwards, and could not watch Phoebe (or indeed any of the contrived, poorly scripted nonsense I had so previously enjoyed) without seeing Big Red behind the drippy one-liners. I will most definitely watch it again and again when it comes to the UK.

(To Tom Selleck on the phone: "Well, maybe I'll call you again if they decide to revive my big beaver...")

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