The Comeback (2005–2014)
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Valerie Shines Under Stress 

Jane pulls rank on Tom and Paulie G. to get Valerie more lines on Room and Bored. Meanwhile, a stalker threat forces extra security on set, exposing old back problems as she's prepping for a big pratfall scene.


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Michael Patrick King (created by), Lisa Kudrow (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kudrow ... Valerie Cherish
Malin Akerman ... Juna Millken
Robert Bagnell ... Tom Peterman
Lance Barber ... Paulie G.
Robert Michael Morris ... Mickey Deane
Laura Silverman ... Jane Benson
Damian Young ... Mark Berman
Kellan Lutz ... Chris MacNess (credit only)
Vanessa Marano ... Franchesca (credit only)
Jason Olive ... Jesse Wood (credit only)
Kimberly Jeppson ... Shayne Thomas (as Kimberly Kevon Williams) (credit only)
Mary Albee
Eric Edelstein ... Mike
Bill Escudier Bill Escudier ... Milo
Bayne Gibby ... Gigi


Jane pulls rank on Tom and Paulie G. to get Valerie more lines on Room and Bored. Meanwhile, a stalker threat forces extra security on set, exposing old back problems as she's prepping for a big pratfall scene.

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28 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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Lisa Kudrow was not comfortable with the vomiting moment, so co-creator Michael Patrick King had to convince her, appealing to her "writer side". See more »


References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »


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the master of physical comedy..
26 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Comeback

The creators Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow is deriving from an already established formula few steps ahead only to not end up with a definite answer. This Eric Rohmer-ness part of the series is what I adore. The rickety chair that this world hinges upon is, against all odds, balanced. Not fair, not sugar-coated, nor surrounded in the pathology that its characters tries to suppress, it is an adequate justice sentenced. The mockumentary theme has been around for a while and reasoning its way in, to the window that is framed as a part of narrative has to be and is pragmatic in here. Addition to that, the writing, the conversations, the small talks, is something that swoops us from the very beginning of the show.

It remains a reality show from head to toe for sure. Every last bit of its cookiness is sprinkled in the sneak peek of show business as an excuse of the character's nature and remains true to its tone throughout this exhaustive journey. It is exhausting, because it is intended to, plus following a character- literally- for this long ought to wear out the formulaic structure it bases the entire series upon. Enters Lisa Kudrow. Her overly hyped narcissistic version of attention seeking celebrity is a gold mine for any actor.

And carving out this character herself, she lives up to the vision she and her co-workers have imagined exceedingly making her the best asset of this show. And if the first season suffered the cliched diseases of such genre, the second one is a polished reboot that overcomes the limitation by first and foremostly dividing the perspective of her journey. Where actually then, supporting characters come under the limelight they deserved completing the series in a whole; The Comeback title stays meta.

Valerie Shines Under The Dress

A perfect antic to a relationship that has been struggling for this long now. And it has been struggling to get the message across the room and now when they are finally ready to scream everyone has to and will hear.

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