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'The Big C' Profile


The Big C
Photo courtesy of Showtime
The Big C follows the life of suburban Minneapolis schoolteacher Cathy Jamison after she’s diagnosed with advanced-stage melanoma. Cathy takes her cancer diagnosis as an opportunity to cut loose and do all the things she’s always been afraid of, even if her family and friends don’t understand.


August 16, 2010-May 20, 2013 (four seasons, 40 episodes) on Showtime

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Seasons 1-4 are available on DVD.


The Big C premiered in August 2010 as Showtime's highest-rated original series debut in eight years, and was quickly picked up for a second season. After declining popularity in its third season, it returned for an abbreviated fourth season (featuring four hourlong episodes) to wrap up the series.


Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison
Oliver Platt as Paul Jamison
Gabriel Basso as Adam Jamison
John Benjamin Hickey as Sean
Phyllis Somerville as Marlene


The Big C was created by Darlene Hunt, an actress and former writer/producer on 90210. Hunt, star Laura Linney, Jenny Bicks, Neal H. Moritz and Vivian Cannon are the executive producers.
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