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June 25, 2018

Series Review: Episodes a great show that bows out too soon

Episodes series poster
Episodes series poster

Starring: Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan, John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mircea Monroe

Genre: Comedy

Created by: David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik

Premier: August 20


British award-winning screenwriters and happily married couple Sean and Beverly Lincoln catch the attention of Merc Lapidus, the president of a big American television network. Merc offers Sean and Beverly a chance to recreate their successful British show Lyman's Boys into an American version. The two move to LA and soon realise that in Hollywood, things run very different from what they are used to.

Merc insists that Matt Le Blanc plays the lead role. Sean and Beverly don’t really agree with the choice for their lead character, and that’s when Matt ends up changing the entire script! Infuriated, Sean and Beverly want to return to Britain, only to be told that the show tested well and it could be a hit. The couple decides to stay back but they face a lot of issues in their marriage, friendships and work. Matt becomes friends with Sean and Beverly gets close to Carol, the head of programming at the network and Merc’s mistress.

This is one of those shows I rarely paid attention to until I read this was the final season. And as I watched the episodes back to back, I realised how much I missed out on such a great show! The scripting is great, the acting is wonderful and the comedy is actually entertaining. The irony of creating a fictional character of the real Matt le Blanc —who is oddly similar to Joey — is genius. We always want to imagine there’s a Joey living inside Matt. The complexity of creating drama that unfolds when writers try to create a show within a show is fascinating. It’s a shame that a such well-written show should bow out of the stage before lights out.