The title of this show was originally "The C-Word," and some promotional materials were made using this title. But while a guest on "The Daily Show," Laura Linney told Jon Stewart that the title was changed from "The C-Word" to "The Big C" to avoid confusion with The L Word (2004), which had also aired on Showtime. See more »
Cathy Jamison (Laura Linney) has cancer and she wants to change her life. She's not sure how. She and childish Paul (Oliver Platt) have a problem marriage. Her brother Sean Tolkey (John Benjamin Hickey) is deliberately poor. Her son Adam (Gabriel Basso) is a bratty teenager. She has a tough time telling everybody. She's not a particularly good teacher and Andrea Jackson (Gabourey Sidibe) is her smart-mouthed student. Marlene (Phyllis Somerville) is her pain in the ass neighbor until she becomes her most profound friend.
This show tries very hard to be quirky but it never really achieves full comedy. I like Laura Linney and Oliver Platt. I also love the storage locker with all the birthday presents. The show fades a bit after the end of season two. It seems to take the show one way but season 3 took it all back when it opened. The show deals with death all the time but it seems it lost its nerve. I do like the final 4 episode wrap up.
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