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EPISODES “Episode 1 ” Review

EPISODES “Episode 1? Season 1 Episode 1 (Series Premiere) – Showtime goes meta with its latest half-hour comedy series, EPISODES, about the misadventures of a British couple trying to bring their hit show to the United States, only to be thwarted by a network president and, eventually, Matt LeBlanc. Written by David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), the show is a darkly comic fish out of water dramedy meets bitter show business satire. I was lucky enough to preview the episode and while the pilot is a little uneven, there’s a lot to like here.

Sean and Beverly Lincoln are the creators and writers behind ‘Lyman’s Boys,’ a BAFTA award winning hit British comedy who seem to have it all: solid careers, a happy and passionate marriage, even a shared dry sense of humor. They are played to perfection by Stephen Mangan and, especially, Tamsin Greig, who have excellent chemistry and comedic timing. Life is good until network president Merc Lapidus (John Pankow, Mad about You) saunters up to them at the BAFTA Awards and offers to change their lives by putting ‘Lyman’s Boys’ on American television. If ever there were a time to take the blue pill, this would have been it, and Beverly knows that–at least on some level–but Sean has stars in his eyes and we’re off to Hollywood for some cringetastic–and often funny–rude awakenings.

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