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Episodes is a British/American television comedy series created by David Crane (Friends) and his life partner Jeffrey Klarik (Dream On, Mad About You) and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It premiered on Showtime in the United States on January 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm and on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2011. The show is about a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series, with disastrous results:
After happily married couple Sean (Stephen Mangan, Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino Years) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig, Black Books, Inside N°9) Lincoln win yet another BAFTA Award for their successful British sitcom, Lyman’s Boys, they are persuaded to move to Hollywood and remake their series for an American audience. Unfortunately the network starts to make changes, and pressure the couple into casting Matt LeBlanc (Friends) in the lead role for the sitcom. A complicated triangle ensues, in which Sean likes Matt, while Beverly is less impressed. With continuing changes to the sitcom it threatens to damage the show, and other pressures result in a rough patch in their marriage.
The cast also includes:
John Pankow (Mad About You) as Merc Lapidus – the president of the network responsible for bringing Beverly and Sean to America to adapt Lyman’s Boys, and subsequently for its deterioration into a stock sitcom.
Kathleen Rose Perkins (Trust Me, ‘Til Death) as Carol Rance – the network’s head of Programing. She is Merc’s second-in-command. Carol is shown to be much more competent at her job than her boss.
Mircea Monroe (Drive) as Morning Randolph – the leading actress employed by the network to play Nicola McCutcheon opposite Matt’s character on Pucks!. A running gag throughout the show is Morning’s age, which, due to extensive plastic surgery, is much greater than her appearance suggests.