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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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4   3   2   1  
2013   2012   2011   2010  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Comedy | Drama

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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

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Color

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16:9 HD
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John Benjamin Hickey was nominated for a 2013 Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category for his role as Sean Tolkey. See more »

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Spoofed in Trying Times: A Little Valley Christmas (2011) See more »

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Game Called Life
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Bittersweet pieces of life
28 September 2010 | by gpalacSee all my reviews

"The Big C" walks on the thin line. Comedy and drama, love and lack of love, sweet but in the end has to be bitter. The creators and producers have to be talented if they want to walk that way and till now they really are. Laura Linney is simply great. She always is, but now is more than ever. She makes the situations easy to be watched because the subject is complicated and can hurt a lot. But instead of suffering with it, we enjoy everything what's happening: we smile, we feel. Feeling, being touched by honest emotions, is something you don't get all days, not in shows and either in real life. "The Big C" doesn't deserve only a good chance, it deserves the fidelity you give to big shows and this is one of them. Try it and you won't regret it.


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