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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    Apr 5, 2012
    Season 3 opener backslides a bit into tired first-season silliness when Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) returns from Ghana with a new African name, Ababuo. But things improve when Cathy's slacker brother, Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), steps up as "guardian buddy" to Adam (Gabriel Basso) in the event that he ends up parentless.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 5, 2012
    First impression of the third season is a good one.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Pacheco
    Apr 30, 2012
    With this season's allotment of episodes at a premium (10, down from the previous seasons' 13), it's a shame The Big C doesn't make the most of each one of them.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Apr 20, 2012
    It's an MRI that's lost its mapping capabilities. [30 Apr 2012, p.36]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 23, 2013
    After a brilliant second season, the third season sadly downshifts. To be fair, the first and third episodes were strong, and almost season two quality. The worst episodes of the season (Episodes 2, 7, and 8) focus more on Cathy's descent into madness. They tried to make her character more edgier which, if anything, made me dislike her more. At the time of original watching, (around midseason) I almost quit watching. Upon rewatching, I thought I might have overreacted. The only character I liked this season was a guest star: Susan Sarandon who was great, but I wished she got better stuff to work with. Overall, this season is messy and barely the quality of the first two seasons, but if you are a fan of the show, I would recommend it, but lower your expectations. Trust me. Full Review »
  2. Apr 14, 2013
    While the acting is still top notch, the writing leaves quite a lot to be desired. Characters are almost ruined in this third season. Character development is reversed, and that's never a good thing. Full Review »
  3. Jun 12, 2012
    As much as I enjoyed watching the previous seasons and looked forward to new episodes every week, this season has been a chore to watch. It is no longer a sincere portrayal of a woman facing cancer, but rather a soap box for the writers to express social criticisms (for example, the show's take on Christianity is decidedly negative and insulting). Characters are put in bizarre, unrealistic situations and we are meant to interpret this to be compelling tv. I was on Cathy's side during past seasons, but now her actions are outlandish and unrelatable. I want Marlene back. Full Review »