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Episodes - (S03E07)


Beverly prepares to return to England, while Sean hangs onto hopes of keeping his Hollywood dream alive. Matt is crushed to learn that his former stalker is no longer obsessed with him. Carol is equally despondent when her dreams for a future with Castor are dashed.

Episode Title: Episode Seven
Airs: 2014-02-23 at 10:30 pm
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    LeBlanc is brilliant; the writing and direction are brilliant; the show is brilliant.

    Salon Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    A riotously, often scathingly funny showbiz satire that proves LeBlanc is smart enough to know self-mockery can be a potent weapon, and talented enough to wield it properly.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It offers a great cast, and some very tight, tart scripting. Each of the season's seven half-hours is a little sliver of pleasure.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Episodes is flawless and hilarious. What a pity it lasts only seven episodes.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    [A] very amusing and splendidly acted comedy about what happens when an American television network mucks up a long-running, award-laden British hit.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    Episodes is great--the sharpest sitcom debut this year. Among other excellent qualities, it's actively funny, with none of the dramedy lumpiness that spoils other half-hour offerings (bad camp, faux-energy badinage, heavy-handed sentimentality).

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Episodes, which got uproarious laughter in cut-down form at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in July, does not disappoint an ounce as it rolls through a seven-episode season. It also signals a savvy return to television for LeBlanc, who manages to be the butt of the joke one moment then hilariously likable the next.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    If you've ever wondered how television screws up so many promising projects, check out Episodes, a new Showtime series with Matt LeBlanc that provides the answers in deliciously hilarious detail.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    If you find the premiere poky, stick with it: Episodes gets funnier with each succeeding episode, and the acting is superb. Yes: Matt LeBlanc = superb.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    In Hollywood, it may be business as usual. But in Episodes, it’s fodder for great comedy.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    By the second or third episode, it evolves into another Hollywood rarity: a TV show that is truly about relationships, complex and captivating for the long haul.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The writing in Episodes, by sitcom vets David Crane (Friends, The Class) and Jeffrey Klarik (The Class), is sharp and merciless, and, except for a trite jealousy subplot, on point.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    Three good lead performances (including one from "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc) and enough sharp writing about both show business and relationships give the show a comedic bite that makes up for the stuff you've seen before.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    This seven-episode series, written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, doesn't offer many new ideas about the evils of the TV business--a lot of the ground covered here was previously mined by the underrated 1999-2001 Showtime series "Beggars & Choosers"--but it's still fun to join in the mocking of Hollywood, a big, juicy target that Episodes hits with ease.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    while the TV satire is far too broad, the dialogue is wittily written, and Matt LeBlanc--playing himself, inappropriately cast by the network to replace the elderly thespian who originated his role--turns out to be a pleasure to watch.

    Time Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Even when it's irritating, Episodes is funny. And if, at times, it intentionally or unintentionally pokes fun at itself as much as anything else well, that works too.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Episodes mines Hollywood absurdities for dependable laughs, it's LeBlanc, playing himself, or more accurately, a character who shares his name and resume, who elevates the seven-episode first season above simple parody as the actor forced down the writers' throats. He might even be the most interesting character in the show.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    A satirical and quite funny comedy about two British television writers, a husband- and wife team, Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig) who are lured to Hollywood to adapt their hit sitcom for an American network.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Episodes has funny moments, [but] like "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the satire is an acquired taste and seems to be too inside showbiz to find a mass audience.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    It's a light, clever performance. But Episodes never convinces us this is really Hollywood. [17 Jan 2011, p.40]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    There are some promising moments Episodes, and as the characters move beyond stereotypes, some of the story lines begin to pay off in amusing and even touching ways.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Michael Landweber

    A joint effort between Showtime and the BBC, it features British humor and American humor. These don't always play nice together, and Episodes appears unsure of how to make them merge or which to privilege.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Halfway through episode two, anybody with a feel for such material will see where every beat is heading, even if the trip there isn't always unpleasant.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The performances are actually good in the series, if only the actors had credible or remotely likable or, dare we ask, funny characters to play.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Episodes has funny moments. It just seems primarily designed to amuse the TV industry.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Episodes isn't even as funny as Crane and Klarik's last collaboration, the exceedingly mediocre short-lived CBS comedy "The Class" - and that's even considering that the new show features Crane's old "Friends" star Matt LeBlanc delivering a terrific performance as an exaggerated version of himself.

    Hitfix Full Review

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