The Big C

2010 TV-MA 3 seasons

The Big C

2010 TV-MA 3 seasons
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This dark comedy series finds unassuming housewife Cathy Jamison, recently estranged from her husband and just diagnosed with terminal cancer, at last deciding to live life on her own terms -- consequences be damned.
Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey, Gabourey Sidibe, Phyllis Somerville, Reid Scott, Cynthia Nixon
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 2 (2011) - 3 discs

After already coming to an ironic acceptance of her cancer diagnosis, Cathy Jamison reverses course and steps up to fight the disease head on. But her decision to consult another specialist doesn't go over well with Dr. Todd.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this edgy, adult-oriented dramedy centers on a middle-aged woman dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis. The main character has a teenage son and spends a lot of time helping a troubled high school girl, which may attract older teens. If they do watch, they'll see some sexual content (including nudity) and hear some strong, unbleeped language (including "motherf---er" and "c--t"). There are also a few semi-violent incidents involving fake blood, as well as some characters (including teens) who smoke.

Sexual Content

Kissing and sexual banter. Occasional nudity, including bare buttocks and a distant shot of a completely naked woman.


Some arguing and verbal sparring between characters, plus a few instances of "fake" violence (i.e., a boy pretends to cut off his finger, a woman pretends to have slit her wrists by sitting in a tub filled with red water, etc.).


Both adult and teen chracters use strong, unbleeped language, including "motherf---er," "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." You'll also hear words like "damn," "crap," "a--hole," and "bitch," along with sexually charged terms like "rack," "boobs," and "tap."

Social Behavior

On one hand, the series promotes living honestly in the face of a serious illness and having the courage to make changes in your life. On the other hand, dishonesty and recklessness play a major role in the plot and the characters' actions.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some social drinking. A few characters also smoke (including the main character and one of her teenage students).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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