The Big C follows Minneapolis Westhill High School teacher Cathy Jamison – a reserved, suburban wife and mother – who is diagnosed with melanoma. The realization of this forces her to really begin to live for the first time in her adult life. At first she chooses to keep her diagnosis from her family, behaving in ways they find puzzling and increasingly bizarre. She finds new freedom to express herself. As the show progresses, Cathy allows her family and some new friends to support her as she copes with her terminal prognosis, and finds both humor and pathos in the many idiosyncratic relationships in her life.

The Big C - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2010-08-16

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The Big C was an American television series which premiered on August 16, 2010 on Showtime. It drew the largest audience for a Showtime original series premiere. Season 2 premiered on June 27, 2011. Season 3 premiered on April 8, 2012. On July 31, 2012, The Big C was renewed for a fourth and final season, named “Hereafter”, which premiered on Monday, April 29, 2013 and concluded on May 20, 2013.

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Reid Scott as Dr. Todd Mauer (Seasons 1 and 2), Cathy's oncologist and friend. Compassionate and concerned, he goes beyond the doctor/patient relationship by going on several personal outings with Cathy. He begins to become her confidante as she tells him all of the secrets she cannot tell her family. He allows her to accompany him while house shopping for him and his girlfriend. He reluctantly accompanies Cathy to Canada for an alternative therapy treatment, and while there reveals that he is “confused” and has feelings for her. Cynthia Nixon as Rebecca (Seasons 1 and 2), Cathy's college roommate and long-time friend. She resurfaces at Cathy's birthday party after a long absence. When she begins a sexual relationship with Sean, Cathy reveals that she has always found Rebecca to be selfish and a bad friend, which serves as a wake-up call and leads to the end of the romance. She becomes pregnant with Sean's child. This news leads to him telling her that he wants to raise the child together. She later moves in with Sean and they fall in love, becoming engaged; however, when Rebecca miscarries their child, Sean goes off his medication, giving Rebecca no choice but to leave him. Nadia Dajani as Tina (Season 1), who went to high school with Cathy and Paul and was then known as “Rugby Slut”. Always attending the local rugby games, and not saying die to her youth, she starts an affair with Paul (Paulie) after Cathy kicks him out. Cathy discovers their affair when she comes to offer Paul an olive branch and sees Tina leaving with her thong. Idris Elba as Lenny (Season 1), a painter at Cathy's school. They have a brief affair but Cathy ends it as she re-examines her feelings for Paul. Alexandra Socha as Mia (Seasons 1 and 2), Adam's classmate and first serious girlfriend. She and Adam break up after she discovers that Adam had sex with someone else. She finds out about Adam's indiscretion when Cathy confronts her after he brings pubic lice aka crabs into the house, Cathy believing Adam having gotten them from having sex with Mia. She eventually forgives him leading to them getting back together for a short time. Brian Cox (Season 1) and Brian Dennehy (Season 4) as Donald Tolkey, Cathy and Sean's father, with who they both have an estranged relationship. Despite that estrangement, Cathy feels the need to see him before she dies. Alan Alda as Dr. Atticus Sherman (Season 2 and 4), an oncologist leading a clinical trial. Cathy is first enthralled by the notion of Dr. Sherman and his work as possibly saving her life, but she changes her mind about him after he initially refuses her entry into the trial and she sees that his bedside manner is clinical rather than humanistic. Dr. Sherman eventually does admit Cathy into the trial, which initially does show promising results, but which ultimately does not cure Cathy. Cathy eventually learns that he too is suffering from advanced stage cancer of the colon when she catches him at the cancer clinic as a patient. He dies before Cathy of his cancer. Hugh Dancy as Lee Fallon (Season 2), a fellow patient in Dr. Sherman's clinical trial. Cathy thinks Lee is inappropriately interested in her until he comes out as gay to her. She and Lee find comfort in each other due to their cancer, and become “clinical trial” buddies. Lee's acupuncturist believes they are soul mates, as Cathy's excessively high blood pressure immediately drops once Lee enters the room. However, their relationship becomes strained when the treatment begins to work for Cathy and not Lee. As she encourages him to fight, he refuses. Ultimately Lee dies from his cancer, leaving Cathy devastated. She does however believe that the greatest gift he gave her was asking her to be there when he died, and she seeing that he died in peace. Parker Posey as Poppy Kowalski (Season 2), who Adam meets in a children of cancer victims online support group. In Poppy's online persona, Adam believes her to be the same age as him, but upon their eventual face-to-face meeting, he finds out that she is in her thirties. Adam later finds out that Poppy had been lying in that her cancer-stricken father is no longer alive, he having died several years earlier, leading to him believing that she suffers from mental issues. Emily Kinney as Emily (Season 2), a classmate of Adam's who is his first sexual partner after his girlfriend at the time, Mia, tells him that she isn't yet ready to have sex. Boyd Holbrook as Mykail (Season 2), Paul's Ukrainian immigrant co-worker at the electronics store. Paul finds out that Mykail is stealing and selling merchandise from the store on the sly, the scheme which Paul enters into briefly with him. Mykail enters into a relationship with Andrea, the two who eventually get engaged. Just before their wedding, Andrea learns that Mykail was only marrying her to get his green card. As such, she dumps him. He ends up disappearing as the police are after him. Connie Ray as Connie Schuler (Seasons 2-4), the over politically correct principal at Cathy's high school, with who Cathy is constantly butting heads over Cathy's actions in dealing emotionally with her cancer while at work. Susan Sarandon as Joy Kleinman (Season 3), a motivational speaker. She once had cancer, but it went into remission. She attributes her full recovery to the joy that reentered her life (hence the reason she uses the stage name Joy), “joy” which is what she espouses in her events. Despite Cathy being the one initially to suggest she and Paul go to one of Joy's weekend-long workshops, Cathy ends up believing Joy to be a bitch. Joy, however, ends up being Paul's mentor as she encourages him about his blog, which turns into Paul being Joy's “opening act”. Cathy's reaction to Joy is in large part because she knows that Joy sexually propositioned Paul. After Joy is killed from being run over by a bus, Paul takes over her speaking engagement in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which transitions into him with his own burgeoning self-help empire. Hamish Linklater and Mamie Gummer as Dave and Maxine Cooper (Season 3), a relatively poor married couple who are putting their yet unborn baby up for private adoption. After reading on Paul's blog that Cathy wants to adopt, Dave and Maxine choose them to be the adoptive parents. Cathy's joy about this news is short-lived when she, while going to visit them at their motel and seeing them secretly through their motel room window, finds out that Maxine is not really pregnant and this adoption is all a scam to extort money. Cathy exacts revenge by taking Dave and Maxine on a ride in her sports car along an isolated country road on a cold winter day - the car which she was really intending on giving to them until she found out about the scam - when she deserts them there at gunpoint while taking most of their clothes. Kailie Torres as Jesse (Season 3), a member of Adam's bible group, she who eventually becomes Adam's girlfriend. Adam and Jesse have anal sex in the mistaken belief that it is not really sex, as she is saving what she considers real sex (vaginal sex) until after marriage. Lee Tergesen and Fredi Walker-Browne as Kirby and Shay (Season 3), a bartender and server respectively at the bar Cathy frequents near the hospital. Cathy has told them that her name is “Alexis”, a widowed flight attendant who is in the process of getting her commercial pilot's license. Regardless, Cathy sees them as her friends, albeit ones she cannot tell anyone about outside of this circle. Brian d'Arcy James and Tammy Blanchard as Tim and Giselle (Season 3), a married couple. Tim is one of Sean's clients of his Willy Wanker gay phone sex service. Sean and Tim agree to meet after Sean breaks from his Willy Wanker persona during one of Tim's calls. Sean initially discovers that Tim is gay-curious, and married to Giselle. Despite Sean not identifying himself as either gay or bisexual, he enters into a relationship with Tim and Giselle together (what they refer to as a “thruple”), where each treats the other two as equally as possible. That relationship is short-lived as Tim and Giselle soon discover that they need to focus on themselves as a couple. Michael Ray Escamilla as Angel (Seasons 3 and 4), the hallucination of a Puerto Rican fisher she sees, he who she interprets as being her Angel of Death. He accompanies Cathy when she passes over. Kathy Najimy as Cathy's therapist (Season 4), who is helping her deal emotionally with everything surrounding what is basically her imminent passing to the other side. Portrayed as being a mortal human, she is really a spirit, the gatekeeper who will tell Cathy when it's time to pass over. Samantha Futerman as Lydia Hye (Season 4), a friendless, overachieving student at Westhill who Cathy hires to be Adam's Chemistry tutor, because he is failing the class. When it doesn't appear that Adam will pass his Chemistry exam, he proposes to Lydia that she help him cheat in return for money. She counterproposes that she will help him cheat if he takes her virginity, not because she is “into” him, but because she knows that he isn't a virgin and she doesn't want to be one by the time she reaches college. Although he reluctantly agrees, she calls it off at the last second because it does not feel right to her. However, after Adam gets a B+ on his exam, they do have a sexual encounter in their mutual excitement over their combined success. Isaac Mizrahi as Isaac Mizrahi (Season 4), a guest professor in Andrea's fashion design program. He was excited by the sparkle in Andrea's entrance portfolio, that sparkle which seems to have left her work while she is in the program, which she attributes to her sadness in soon losing Cathy in her life. He shows her that ancient Egyptian tombs were full of sparkle, that perspective which gets Andrea back on track. Liz Holtan as Amber (Season 4), Paul's assistant, an overly happy woman, who gets on Cathy's nerves because of her focus and stress on the small stuff, but always with a smile. With Paul depressed because of Cathy's near death and Adam taking over the running of the household, Adam fires Amber when he learns that she is using their family as a case study for her clinical psychology thesis.

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