Episodes (TV Series)

Having watched him in “Friends” and then, in the short lived “Joey” TV Series, I enjoy watching Matt LeBlanc on screen. I noticed in iTunes of a new TV show starring him called “Episodes”. I know I wanted to see it and I made the purchase and watched the season during the long weekend.

The show’s plot was interesting, it is about a British writer-producer couple who have a wonderful marriage and a hit TV series in the UK. They get an offer from a big Hollywood network producer to do a remake of the show for the American audience. After a lucrative offer, the couple pack up and come to Los Angeles. In the next few weeks, they learn that Hollywood is a place where deals are made and broken in the same breath. The work style differences between the two countries and the American celebrity culture are shown nicely.

Tamsin Greig, who is known for her earlier performance in a British comedy Black Books (2000-2004), comes as Beverly Lincoln and has given an impressive performance of enacting a British writer who is forced to compromise her story for Hollywood. She is also personally going through a tough time of being the simple wife surrounded by Hollywood’s glamour all around. A good watch for laugh.

Unfortunately, the series won’t be having a sequel or the next season to it.

Episodes (TV series) - Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan & Tamsin Greig
Episodes (TV series) – Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan & Tamsin Greig

[Update 2018]

The show got renewed for more seasons, a total of five. The second and third seasons continued the beat of the first and were entertaining, but the last two seasons felt like a drag. They should’ve ended with a third season, there was no story that was left to be told.

[Update 2021] 

The show is available on Netflix US. Check it out.

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