• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 16, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 24, 2011
    83
    Much of The Big C's unoriginal dramatization of cancer concerns is mitigated by the fresh, dynamic performances of Linney and Oliver Platt as husband Adam. [1 Jul 2011, p.67]
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 27, 2011
    50
    Linney is a fine actress, but her material here doesn't match her talents.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 27, 2011
    70
    The Big C feels much more alive, even though it's a show about a woman, Cathy (Laura Linney), who's dying of stage 4 cancer.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 24, 2011
    50
    The writers have calmed down a bit this season, but they still can't seem to resist the urge for over-the-top plot strings.
  5. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 28, 2011
    40
    Having a character and her family deal with a potentially fatal illness is such a rich arena for both drama and black comedy, but so far, The Big C hasn't been able to mine that topic with consistent freshness and depth.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 24, 2011
    91
    Not everything is letter-perfect about The Big C. But Linney sure is--and that's more than enough.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 8 out of 13
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    0
    Nobody thinks this show is funny, or good. The acting is sub-par, the writing is horrible and the plot line is gruesome and inaccurate. Please cancel it. Thank you. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2013
    10
    This has been one of the best seasons of television I have had the privilege of watching. The second season improves on season one in many ways. The character plots are stronger. Each character has their own thing, and sometimes those stories will intercept and become entangled. The best two episodes (Episodes 6 & 12) both stretch the limits of the show, and it is better for that. This season is fantastic. Even though it isn't as funny as the first season, it is definitely stronger in the emotional category. A must see. Full Review »
  3. Oct 8, 2013
    9
    Season 2 demonstrates brings back the comedy, but really it pounds on the heart. The cast remains perfect, the comedy is still laugh-out-loud funny, and the screenwriting improves amid a couple of stumbles of goofiness. Full Review »