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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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Time to grab life by the balls. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.208 (2011) See more »

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Loved it and loving it!!!
23 January 2012 | by daveash092See all my reviews

Contrary to what others think on this board, the feelings that Cathy goes through and what she sees are too real for me. I am diagnosed with a brain tumour and I see things, hear things and stick my fingers up to the world.... Cancer makes you see all too clearly all that life's about and what its worth living for. This prog has kept me going through my my darker days. This is a series not to be missed and I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a good laugh and a cry at the same time... Ally McBeal with cancer thrown in (Even though Billy did die of a tumour in that series too).. I would also recommend this to carers of people with cancer, cos to me its how I feel all of the time.


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