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TV-MA | | Comedy | TV Series (2011–2017)
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A couple of TV producers move to Hollywood to export their most popular series and find it is not what they expected.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 21 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
Matt LeBlanc ...  Matt LeBlanc 41 episodes, 2011-2017
Stephen Mangan ...  Sean Lincoln 41 episodes, 2011-2017
Tamsin Greig ...  Beverly Lincoln 41 episodes, 2011-2017
John Pankow ...  Merc Lapidus 40 episodes, 2011-2017
Kathleen Rose Perkins ...  Carol Rance 40 episodes, 2011-2017
Mircea Monroe ...  Morning Randolph 39 episodes, 2011-2017
Joseph May ...  Andy Button 26 episodes, 2011-2017
Daisy Haggard ...  Myra Licht 26 episodes, 2011-2017
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British writer-producers Beverly and Sean Lincoln (Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan), have a wonderful marriage and a hit TV series to their credit. Things couldn't be better. Until Merc Lapidus (John Pankow), a Hollywood network executive, gushes over their series at a gala. Merc is certain that a remake of the show will go over well with an American audience. After making the Lincolns a lucrative offer, they pack up and ship out to the States. It doesn't take long for them to figure out that Hollywood is a place where deals are made and broken in the same breath. They soon find themselves holding on tight as creative control of their show starts to slip away from their hands. Merc ultimately dismisses the original star, an elder, distinguished, gentleman, for Friends (1994) actor Matt LeBlanc, a charming, yet manipulative beast, with a grocery list of demands. Hollywood is not what the Lincolns had in mind, but Sean believes he can swim with the sharks. As for Beverly, she'd rather ... Written by Jordan Ray Allen

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Trivia

Claire Forlani and Thomas Haden Church were on the original pilot of the show, but when the series went to production, they dropped out. Forlani was replaced by Tamsin Greig and Church's role was scrapped. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Andrew Lesley: Monsieur LeBlanc!
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Crazy Credits

Tamsin Greig (Bev) and Stephen Mangan (Sean) swap between second- and third-billing in the opening titles sequence between seasons. See more »

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Featured in Home & Family: Episode dated 9 January 2015 (2015) See more »

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Smart, quiet and funnier than any other comedy on SHOWTIME.
18 January 2011 | by gregsawyer2006See all my reviews

I really feel confused. There seems to be an overwhelming sense of animosity toward this show.In a world where HOT IN CLEVELAND is a hit, it makes me sad that so many people don't seem to appreciate the nuance and detail that have gone into this show. There are some reviews here that don't even make much sense.They're just plain angry. (One review actually criticized the hair color of one of the actors!) I say, relax people. If you don't find it to your liking don't watch. But for those of us that do, (it's already a hit in the UK as well as on SHOWTIME) it is a subtle and sophisticated pleasure that doesn't pander to it's audience. This show is about a married couple and their relationship. It's set in the world of television but the TV aspect is secondary. I hadn't seen the two British leads before but I totally love their chemistry. It feels much more honest than most TV relationships. Both actors are subtle and complicated and I can totally buy the fact that they're married. I thought the first episode did exactly what it had to do which is introduce a whole lot of characters plus set up this couple's journey. As for not being funny, I am at a complete loss. John Pankow established "Merc Lapides" in twenty seconds. How could you not laugh at his references to his bigoted New Jersey grandmother, his alcohol addiction, his cancer? And "Carol Rance", the network exec, made me laugh at just about everything she said. Ditto the head of comedy who with just a few grimaces and groans created a hysterical and memorable character. I feel that this is not a show for the masses. It was clearly never meant to be. It's a small gem of a show that respects it's audience and has it's own very unique voice. Thank You SHOWTIME for presenting it.


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