Smash (2012–2013)

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There is more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe.


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Julia Houston (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Derek Wills (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Karen Cartwright (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Tom Levitt (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Ivy Lynn (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Eileen Rand (32 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Jessica (29 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Bobby (26 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dancer / ... (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
Keith Kuhl ...
 Dancer (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Sam Strickland (23 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Frank Houston (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Linda (18 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Jimmy Collins (17 episodes, 2013)
 Ellis Boyd (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Joshua Bergasse ...
 Josh (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dev Sundaram (15 episodes, 2012)
 Ana Vargas (15 episodes, 2013)
 Jerry Rand (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dennis (15 episodes, 2012)
 Leo Houston (15 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Dancer (15 episodes, 2013)
 Kyle Bishop (14 episodes, 2013)
Samantha Zack ...
 Dancer (14 episodes, 2013)
J. Manuel Santos ...
 Dancer (14 episodes, 2012-2013)
 Nick Felder (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Nina Lafarga ...
 Dancer / ... (13 episodes, 2012-2013)
Reed Kelly ...
 Dancer (13 episodes, 2013)


The road to and success on Broadway of the musical is not easy. And winning the coveted Tony as Best Musical is even more difficult, that which is the ultimate goal. Such trials and tribulations are shown for a handful of shows, their creative teams and their performers. There is competition amongst the performers for roles, competition amongst the shows not only for box office but also limited investor dollars and that final Tony prize, and competition amongst those ultimately hired in the cast and crew for what they want to see happen in the show, both for the good of the show and their own personal benefit. And sometimes, personal life gets in the way of these professional goals. These problems not only happen for those new or working their ways up the ranks, such as performers Karen Cartwright and Ivy Lynn, and the writing team of Jimmy Collins and Kyle Bishop, but also seasoned veterans, such as the writing team of Tom Levitt and Julia Houston, womanizing director Derek Wills, ... Written by Huggo

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6 February 2012 (USA)  »

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Becky Ann Baker and Dylan Baker, who play Karen's parents, are also married in their real lives. Both are Broadway veterans; he has been in many Broadway plays, including "Eastern Standard" and "God of Carnage," and she was in the original casts of musicals such as "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Titanic," and "Assassins." See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.135 (2012) See more »


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16 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was reluctant to watch this show as I thought it was going to be a failed attempt at another glee type show, however when I found out Katherine Mcphee in it I was immediately intrigued so I gave it a chance and I am so glad that I did, I like how a lot of the music is new songs written for the show, however they are not the main focus, it is about the process of making a Broadway show with a lot of musical scenes to make it even better, and the singers and actors are all incredible.

I have really enjoyed learning more about the behind the scenes of Broadway, but its not too much that you get confused or sick of it, you really fall in love/hate with the characters. The characters are also very complex which I love, you never know what one of them is going to do next

I never realised before how amazing Debra Messing is until this show, her acting is fantastic, and Megan Hilty is such a star. Any comparisons to Glee are simply because they both involve music, however they focus on entirely different things, SMASH is very mature and will easily appeal to an older audience, glee however is for teens and kids (like me, I love glee!) but this show is much more dramatic.

I watched the whole of series 1 in 2 days and as soon as I finished it I wanted to watch it again, which is exactly what I did!

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