The Big C

The Big C
The extraordinary Laura Linney stars in the smart, funny and surprisingly different Showtime Original Series, The Big C . Cathy Jamison (Linney) has always played by the rules. That is, until she finds out she’s got cancer. But instead of giving up – Cathy’s decided to live it up. From here on out, she’ll say and do exactly what she wants, when she wants. Also starring Oliver Platt.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Watch The Big C Season 3

    • Episode 10

      Season 3, Episode 10

      aired: Sun, Jun 17, 2012

      After getting lost during a scuba diving lesson, Cathy (Laura Linney) lands in the boat of a local fisherman. And unaware of the frantic search for his missing wife, Paul (Oliver Platt) creates an alter ego when he is approached by a woman at the hotel bar.

    • Episode 9

      Season 3, Episode 9

      aired: Sun, Jun 10, 2012

      Stepping in for the late Joy Kleinman, Paul (Oliver Platt) takes the family to Puerto Rico for his own self help seminar. And as Cathy (Laura Linney) gets some bad news about her cancer treatments, she vows to use the vacation to face her fears of the water and her own mortality.

    • Episode 8

      Season 3, Episode 8

      aired: Sun, Jun 3, 2012

      As Cathy (Laura Linney) puts an end to the Coopers' adoption scam, she and Paul (Oliver Platt) stumble upon each other's secrets. Meanwhile, Sean's (John Benjamin Hickey) ménage à trois founders.

    • Episode 7

      Season 3, Episode 7

      aired: Sun, May 20, 2012

      As Paul (Oliver Platt) discovers that life on the road with Joy (Susan Sarandon) will require much more from him than he thought, and Cathy (Laura Linney) uses the nursery renovation to help the Coopers, Adam (Gabriel Basso) makes a surprise donation to a church charity bazaar.

    • Episode 6

      Season 3, Episode 6

      aired: Sun, May 13, 2012

      As he and Cathy (Laura Linney) prepare to adopt, Paul (Oliver Platt) entertains a big shot producer's (guest star Allison Janney) offer to turn his blog into movie. But when Cathy decides she doesn't like where the film is going, she balks. Meanwhile, Sean's (John Benjamin Hickey) face-to-face date with a phone sex client produces a surprising result.

    • Episode 5

      Season 3, Episode 5

      aired: Sun, May 6, 2012

      As Cathy (Lara Linney) looks to enlist a reluctant Adam (Gabriel Basso) in an effort to impress a couple who are interviewing prospective adoptive parents for their baby, Paul (Oliver Platt) fights back his nerves as he prepares for his first outing as a motivational speaker.

    • Episode 4

      Season 3, Episode 4

      aired: Sun, Apr 29, 2012

      When Cathy's (Laura Linney) health problems become a roadblock to their chances for adoption, Paul's (Oliver Platt) inspiring blog posts could provide a solution. Meanwhile, Sean's (John Benjamin Hickey) ownership of a gay sex phone line is disputed, and Adam's (Gabriel Basso) new girlfriend challenges his faith in God.

    • Episode 3

      Thin Ice

      aired: Sun, Apr 22, 2012

      As Cathy (Laura Linney) treats a skeptical Paul (Oliver Platt) to a cancer survivor's personal growth seminar, a Valentine's Day concert causes Adam (Gabriel Basso) to rethink his relationship with his girlfriend.

    • Episode 2

      Season 3, Episode 2

      aired: Sun, Apr 15, 2012

      Adam (Gabriel Basso) accuses his parents of being hypocrites after Paul (Oliver Platt) uses his blog to reveal that Cathy (Laura Linney) had an affair. And as Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) tries to revive the school's Black Student Association, a new phone number provides Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) with a lucrative business opportunity.

    • Episode 1

      Season 3, Episode 1

      aired: Sun, Mar 25, 2012

      In the Season 3 premiere, Cathy receives medical news that gives her reason to hope for recovery; Sean supports Andrea's newfound appreciation for her African heritage; Adam turns to prayer to help his ailing mother. Original Release Year: 2012

  • Watch The Big C Season 2

    • Episode 13

      Crossing the Line

      aired: Mon, Sep 26, 2011

      To honor her late friend Lee, Cathy (Laura Linney) sets out to run in a New Year’s Eve marathon. But as she forges ahead against the advice of her doctor (Reid Scott), Paul’s (Oliver Platt) mounting drug problem threatens to derail her plans.

    • Episode 12

      Season 2, Episode 12

      aired: Mon, Sep 19, 2011

      On the eve of a family vacation in Italy, Cathy (Laura Linney) rushes to be with her dying friend Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy). And as Cathy is forced to confront some hard choices between her friend and her family, the discovery of Myk’s illegal activities exposes the real reason behind his plans to marry Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe).

    • Episode 11

      Fight or Flight

      aired: Mon, Sep 12, 2011

      As Cathy’s (Laura Linney) search for her missing brother sends her and Adam (Gabriel Basso) to the streets, the demands of an all-night inventory at work force Paul (Oliver Platt) to take extreme measures. And as Myk’s attempts to advance their relationship nearly drive Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) away again, Cathy redoubles her efforts to find an alternative treatment for Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy).

    • Episode 10

      How Do You Feel?

      aired: Mon, Aug 29, 2011

      As Cathy (Laura Linney) looks to patch things up with Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy) in the wake of their falling out over Thanksgiving dinner, Sean (John B. Hickey) struggles to cope with the loss of his girlfriend and their unborn child. Meanwhile, Adam (Gabriel Basso) discovers an unsettling truth when he joins Poppy (guest star Parker Posey) at her high school reunion.

    • Episode 9

      A Little Death

      aired: Mon, Aug 22, 2011

      As Rebecca (guest star Cynthia Nixon) mourns her miscarriage, a misleading funeral announcement causes Cathy (Laura Linney) to reflect on her own impending death. As Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) struggles to find the right time and place for sex with Myk, Adam's (Gabriel Basso) efforts to cope with his mom's cancer sparks an unusual new friendship.

    • Episode 8

      The Last Thanksgiving

      aired: Mon, Aug 15, 2011

      Seeing signs that her chemotherapy is working, Cathy (Laura Linney) plans an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate. But as her good news threatens to expose her friend Lee’s (guest star Hugh Dancy) lack of success with his own treatment, the ill-fated holiday dinner party ends in tragedy.

    • Episode 7

      Goldilocks and the Bears

      aired: Mon, Aug 8, 2011

      After learning that her blood pressure is elevated, Cathy (Laura Linney) turns to her new "cancer friend," Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy), for advice. While Paul (Oliver Platt) feels skeptical about the nature of Lee's relationship with Cathy, Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) and Myk (guest star Boyd Holbrook) have a very nervous first date.

    • Episode 6

      The Little c

      aired: Mon, Aug 1, 2011

      As she grows closer to a fellow clinical trial patient, Cathy (Laura Linney) shakes up her life by becoming her high school's swimming coach. And while Paul (Oliver Platt) coaches an immigrant co-worker on how to get a promotion at work, Adam's (Gabriel Basso) encounter with a prostitute causes problems for the whole family.

    • Episode 5

      Cats and Dogs

      aired: Mon, Jul 25, 2011

      As she finds herself getting closer to a fellow clinical trial patient (guest star Hugh Dancy), Cathy (Laura Linney) worries about Paul's (Oliver Platt) commitment to finding a new job. Meanwhile, when Adam (Gabriel Basso) gets in over his head in an effort to ease his sexual frustration, he turns to his uncle Sean (John B. Hickey) for help.

    • Episode 4


      aired: Mon, Jul 18, 2011

      With her clinical trial about to get underway, Cathy (Laura Linney) is beset by one problem after another. And as he prepares for Halloween, Sean (John B. Hickey) worries that his house is being haunted by its late owner, Marlene.

    • Episode 3

      Sexual Healing

      aired: Mon, Jul 11, 2011

      Paul (Oliver Platt) finds himself in an awkward situation when Cathy (Laura Linney) loses all interest in sex and then offers Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) a place to stay until graduation. Meanwhile, as Adam (Gabriel Basso) deals with his own emerging sexuality, Rebecca (Cynthia Nixon) struggles with Sean's (John B. Hickey) suddenly awakened libido.

    • Episode 2

      Losing Patients

      aired: Thu, Jan 19, 2012

      As Cathy (Laura Linney) is uncomfortable with the sympathy she receives upon returning to work, she uses her appointment with Dr. Sherman (guest star Alan Alda) to press for a spot in a new clinical trial. Meanwhile, as Sean (John B. Hickey) remains upset over being kept in the dark about his sister's cancer, Rebecca's (Cynthia Nixon) ultrasound prompts her to ask Cathy to throw her a baby shower right away.

    • Episode 1

      Losing Patients

      aired: Mon, Jun 27, 2011

      In the wake of Marlene's (Phyllis Somerville) death, Cathy (Laura Linney) is plagued by her late neighbor's ghost as she learns that her latest chemotherapy regimen isn't working. And as Cathy looks for a second opinion, the news of his sister's illness launches Sean (John B. Hickey) into a psychotic episode.

  • Watch The Big C Season 1

    • Episode 13

      Taking the Plunge

      aired: Thu, Apr 28, 2011

      In the Season 1 finale, Cathy receives the news about her bee treatments.

    • Episode 12

      Everything That Rises Must Converge

      aired: Thu, Apr 21, 2011

      Dr. Todd and Cathy go to see the Bee Man to seek non-traditional treatment for her cancer. Paul is overly supportive of Cathy around the house. Sean gives Adam relationship advice about Mia.

    • Episode 11

      New Beginnings

      aired: Thu, Apr 14, 2011

      Paul seeks support from people at his work place, but gets more than he bargained for. Sean pulls away from Rebecca when it appears she’s getting too serious. Cathy, Marlene and Rebecca have a girl’s lunch at a strip joint -- which unexpectedly influences Cathy’s thoughts about her cancer. Adam meets a girl, Mia, at the bus stop.

    • Episode 10

      Divine Intervention

      aired: Thu, Apr 7, 2011

      Cathy’s unexpected visit to Andrea’s home yields many surprises. Later, Cathy seeks spiritual advice at church and while helping around the house. Rebecca calls it quits with Sean in order to reconcile her friendship with Cathy. Adam apologizes to Andrea. Paul sleeps with Tina. Cathy reveals to Paul she has cancer.

    • Episode 9

      The Ecstasy and the Agony

      aired: Thu, Mar 31, 2011

      Following her island weekend with Lenny, Cathy decides to experiment with Ecstasy, while Paul's excitement over his promotion at work is dimmed after catching his wife with her new boyfriend.

    • Episode 8

      Happy Birthday, Cancer

      aired: Thu, Mar 24, 2011

      A surprise party for her 43rd birthday leaves Cathy in a quandary over her plans to join Lenny for a weekend getaway in the Bahamas.

    • Episode 7

      Two for the Road

      aired: Thu, Mar 17, 2011

      Cathy persuades Sean to join her on a trip to surprise their dad on his birthday, leaving Adam and Paul at home for a boys' weekend together.

    • Episode 6

      Taking Lumps

      aired: Thu, Mar 10, 2011

      When a new lump reveals that her cancer is getting worse, Cathy decides to call off her affair with the school's handyman as she looks to reunite her family for an annual charity race.

    • Episode 5

      Blue-Eyed Iris

      aired: Thu, Mar 3, 2011

      Catching Adam watching Internet porn prompts Cathy to have sex talks with both him and her students as she looks to reclaim her own sexuality.

    • Episode 4

      Playing the Cancer Car

      aired: Thu, Feb 24, 2011

      As Paul jump-starts his life as a single dad by returning to rugby, Cathy cashes out her retirement account to buy a new sports car.

    • Episode 3

      There's No C in Team

      aired: Thu, Feb 17, 2011

      As she fends off both Paul's pleas to revive their marriage and a cancer support group's effort to get her to open up about her illness, Cathy is stunned to learn that her neighbor's dog can tell she has cancer.

    • Episode 2

      Summer Time

      aired: Thu, Feb 10, 2011

      As Cathy embarks on an uncertain summer, she insists that Adam stay home with her instead of attending soccer camp.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Thu, Aug 19, 2010

      A diagnosis of terminal cancer inspires Minneapolis schoolteacher Cathy Jamison to live life to the fullest for as long as she can.

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