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The Big C 

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A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.

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Darlene Hunt
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Series cast summary:
Laura Linney ...  Cathy Jamison 40 episodes, 2010-2013
Oliver Platt ...  Paul Jamison 40 episodes, 2010-2013
Gabriel Basso ...  Adam Jamison 40 episodes, 2010-2013
John Benjamin Hickey ...  Sean Tolkey 40 episodes, 2010-2013
Gabourey Sidibe ...  Andrea Jackson 31 episodes, 2010-2013
Phyllis Somerville ...  Marlene 19 episodes, 2010-2013
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Cathy Jamison is a suburban Minneapolis high school teacher, wife and mother with less than a perfect life, despite it perhaps seeming so to much of the outside world. Her life is given a major shock when she is diagnosed with melanoma, the first news of such to her being when it is at advanced stage IV, meaning that she will most likely succumb to it within short order barring some extreme or radical intervention. Cathy goes through a myriad of emotions concerning the diagnosis, including how she will deal with it in relation to family, friends and people close to her in other ways. These people include: Paul Jamison, her college sweetheart husband, who is often just another big kid in their relationship, while Cathy has acted the responsible adult; Adam Jamison, Cathy and Paul's teenaged son who is going through typical issues of being a teenager and only child; Sean Tolkey, Cathy's hyper-environmental anti-establishment brother, who chooses to be homeless to live off the grid and ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The C Word See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(season 4)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Sean was originally a 26-year old, but Laura Linney offered the role to John Benjamin Hickey and the character was rewritten as the slightly older brother. See more »

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I love it
10 March 2011 | by markymcmarksonSee all my reviews

Its pretty much bi-polar. in one half hour episode i go from like pissing myself laughing to wanting to cry to cringing about 7 times an episode.

I mean seriously Laura Linney is one of the best actresses i've seen in a TV series for a long time. The characters have such complex relationships which would be too much for a 90 minute film but is great for a TV series.

So i guess overall I love this so much. its my new favourite programme. It makes me sad that she's gonna die. I hope they get a few series out of it first.


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