• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 16, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 29, 2013
    80
    Linney and company are masterful (Basso is a revelation); the final episode's writing is solid.
  2. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 29, 2013
    80
    From its very first scene, Hereafter manages to capture the sense those of us being left behind sometimes get; that the person going already has a foot planted somewhere else. But it also, repeatedly, hones in on the joy that can hit unexpectedly at even the worst moments.
  3. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 29, 2013
    100
    These final episodes overflow with love, compassion and one lesson we all can take to heart: Cathy lived.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 29, 2013
    80
    While there are times when it’s no easier to watch, the certainty of the end seems to give the show more focus.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 29, 2013
    70
    The path The Big C takes is fairly predictable and unsurprising, but that doesn't mean these last four hours aren't occasionally heartfelt.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 29, 2013
    67
    The Big C doesn’t traffic in miracles, but it does deliver small pleasures worth pondering and savoring.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Apr 26, 2013
    80
    Chronicling Cathy's journey, executive producers Darlene Hunt and Jenny Bicks (a cancer survivor) have so far taken her from denial to rage to bargaining and depression. Onward to acceptance, and to a satisfying conclusion.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Apr 25, 2013
    75
    A lovely piece of work. [6 May 2013, p.49]
  9. Reviewed by: Lanford Beard
    Apr 25, 2013
    67
    The series' slow slog to the May 20 finish threatens to prove as bland as that pie.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 23, 2013
    50
    These hours rely on devices like seeing dead people, while detouring from the central character’s selfless concern about her family to explore subplots that are, almost without exception, relentlessly ordinary. It’s a shame, since Linney still delivers compelling moments.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 28, 2013
    10
    Each episode of The Big C's 4-hour finale is full of love, sadness and optimism. Each one has brought me to tears, and every actor is perfectEach episode of The Big C's 4-hour finale is full of love, sadness and optimism. Each one has brought me to tears, and every actor is perfect in these last few episodes. It brings some really worthwhile ideas to mind. It's an emotional sucker punch, and it's quite depressing, but it's important viewing. Needless to say, Laura Linney deserves every award in the universe for this part. I'll never forget you, Cathy Jamison. Full Review »
  2. May 12, 2013
    10
    Oh, The Big C. After an amazingly written first season, the show became, for the next 2 forthcoming seasons, mild. Problems weren't asOh, The Big C. After an amazingly written first season, the show became, for the next 2 forthcoming seasons, mild. Problems weren't as brilliantly worked as they were in the beginning. However, season 4 brought deep emotions that were being held by the writers/producers. Seeing death being portrayed this way is, at least, incredible. It continues to be bittersweet in its core and that's what's amazing about the show. And Laura Linney is breathtaking to say the least. Amazing performance. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2013
    8
    After a disappointing third season, the fourth season fails to capture the essence of seasons one and two, but it is very close. Of the fourAfter a disappointing third season, the fourth season fails to capture the essence of seasons one and two, but it is very close. Of the four hour-long episodes, I would say that my favorite was the first one. The finale is a close second. It felt like a regular Big C episode. That is what I enjoyed about the final season. The characters don't have confusing side plots like last season. Overall, you should definitely watch this if you are a fan of the show. The ending will feel satisfying. Full Review »