The Big C with acclaimed actress Laura Linney is a show about life, love, and yes, cancer. We're proud to present this programming free to the SurvivorNet community as a bit of comedic relief. Because laughter can be great medicine.
A diagnosis of terminal cancer inspires Minneapolis schoolteacher Cathy Jamison to live life to the fullest for as long as she can.
As Cathy embarks on an uncertain summer, she insists that Adam stay home with her instead of attending soccer camp.
As she fends off both Paul’s pleas to revive their marriage and a cancer support group’s effort to get her to open up about her illness, Cathy is stunned to learn that her neighbor’s dog can tell she has cancer.
As Paul jump-starts his life as a single dad by returning to rugby, Cathy cashes out her retirement account to buy a new sports car.
Catching Adam watching Internet porn prompts Cathy to have sex talks with both him and her students as she looks to reclaim her own sexuality.
When a new lump reveals that her cancer is getting worse, Cathy decides to call off her affair with the school’s handyman as she looks to reunite her family for an annual charity race.
Cathy persuades Sean to join her on a trip to surprise their dad on his birthday, leaving Adam and Paul at home for a boys’ weekend together.
A surprise party for her 43rd birthday leaves Cathy in a quandary over her plans to join Lenny for a weekend getaway in the Bahamas.
Following her island weekend with Lenny, Cathy decides to experiment with Ecstasy, while Paul’s excitement over his promotion at work is dimmed after catching his wife with her new boyfriend.
Facing divorce and the loss of her best friend, Cathy looks to make amends with those around her.
Paul’s spontaneous display of solidarity prompts Cathy to seek out a cure for her cancer.
As Cathy and Todd head to Canada to try a controversial bee venom cancer cure, Paul moves back home to care for his wife, and Adam grows worried when his mom inserts herself into his fledging romance with a classmate.
Marlene’s suicide prompts Cathy to embark on a risky treatment as she unexpectedly inherits her late neighbor’s house.
In the wake of Marlene's (Phyllis Somerville) death, Cathy (Laura Linney) is plagued by her late neighbor's ghost as she learns that her latest chemotherapy regimen isn't working. And as Cathy looks for a second opinion, the news of his sister's illness launches Sean (John B. Hickey) into a psychotic episode.
As Cathy (Laura Linney) is uncomfortable with the sympathy she receives upon returning to work, she uses her appointment with Dr. Sherman (guest star Alan Alda) to press for a spot in a new clinical trial. Meanwhile, as Sean (John B. Hickey) remains upset over being kept in the dark about his sister's cancer, Rebecca's (Cynthia Nixon) ultrasound prompts her to ask Cathy to throw her a baby shower right away.
Paul (Oliver Platt) finds himself in an awkward situation when Cathy (Laura Linney) loses all interest in sex and then offers Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) a place to stay until graduation. Meanwhile, as Adam (Gabriel Basso) deals with his own emerging sexuality, Rebecca (Cynthia Nixon) struggles with Sean's (John B. Hickey) suddenly awakened libido.
With her clinical trial about to get underway, Cathy (Laura Linney) is beset by one problem after another. And as he prepares for Halloween, Sean (John B. Hickey) worries that his house is being haunted by its late owner, Marlene.
As she finds herself getting closer to a fellow clinical trial patient (guest star Hugh Dancy), Cathy (Laura Linney) worries about Paul's (Oliver Platt) commitment to finding a new job. Meanwhile, when Adam (Gabriel Basso) gets in over his head in an effort to ease his sexual frustration, he turns to his uncle Sean (John B. Hickey) for help.
As she grows closer to a fellow clinical trial patient, Cathy (Laura Linney) shakes up her life by becoming her high school's swimming coach. And while Paul (Oliver Platt) coaches an immigrant co-worker on how to get a promotion at work, Adam's (Gabriel Basso) encounter with a prostitute causes problems for the whole family.
After learning that her blood pressure is elevated, Cathy (Laura Linney) turns to her new "cancer friend," Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy), for advice. While Paul (Oliver Platt) feels skeptical about the nature of Lee's relationship with Cathy, Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) and Myk (guest star Boyd Holbrook) have a very nervous first date.
Seeing signs that her chemotherapy is working, Cathy (Laura Linney) plans an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate. But as her good news threatens to expose her friend Lee’s (guest star Hugh Dancy) lack of success with his own treatment, the ill-fated holiday dinner party ends in tragedy.
As Rebecca (guest star Cynthia Nixon) mourns her miscarriage, a misleading funeral announcement causes Cathy (Laura Linney) to reflect on her own impending death. As Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) struggles to find the right time and place for sex with Myk, Adam's (Gabriel Basso) efforts to cope with his mom's cancer sparks an unusual new friendship.
As Cathy (Laura Linney) looks to patch things up with Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy) in the wake of their falling out over Thanksgiving dinner, Sean (John B. Hickey) struggles to cope with the loss of his girlfriend and their unborn child. Meanwhile, Adam (Gabriel Basso) discovers an unsettling truth when he joins Poppy (guest star Parker Posey) at her high school reunion.
As Cathy’s (Laura Linney) search for her missing brother sends her and Adam (Gabriel Basso) to the streets, the demands of an all-night inventory at work force Paul (Oliver Platt) to take extreme measures. And as Myk’s attempts to advance their relationship nearly drive Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) away again, Cathy redoubles her efforts to find an alternative treatment for Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy).
On the eve of a family vacation in Italy, Cathy (Laura Linney) rushes to be with her dying friend Lee (guest star Hugh Dancy). And as Cathy is forced to confront some hard choices between her friend and her family, the discovery of Myk’s illegal activities exposes the real reason behind his plans to marry Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe).
To honor her late friend Lee, Cathy (Laura Linney) sets out to run in a New Year’s Eve marathon. But as she forges ahead against the advice of her doctor (Reid Scott), Paul’s (Oliver Platt) mounting drug problem threatens to derail her plans.
With Paul (Oliver Platt) recovering from his near-fatal heart attack, and Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) returning from her African adventure, Cathy (Laura Linney) creates an alter ego as she gets some good news about her chemotherapy trial.
Adam (Gabriel Basso) accuses his parents of being hypocrites after Paul (Oliver Platt) uses his blog to reveal that Cathy (Laura Linney) had an affair. And as Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) tries to revive the school’s Black Student Association, a new phone number provides Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) with a lucrative business opportunity.
As Cathy (Laura Linney) treats a skeptical Paul (Oliver Platt) to a cancer survivor’s personal growth seminar, a Valentine’s Day concert causes Adam (Gabriel Basso) to rethink his relationship with his girlfriend.
When Cathy’s (Laura Linney) health problems become a roadblock to their chances for adoption, Paul’s (Oliver Platt) inspiring blog posts could provide a solution. Meanwhile, Sean’s (John Benjamin Hickey) ownership of a gay sex phone line is disputed, and Adam’s (Gabriel Basso) new girlfriend challenges his faith in God.
As Cathy (Lara Linney) looks to enlist a reluctant Adam (Gabriel Basso) in an effort to impress a couple who are interviewing prospective adoptive parents for their baby, Paul (Oliver Platt) fights back his nerves as he prepares for his first outing as a motivational speaker.
As he and Cathy (Laura Linney) prepare to adopt, Paul (Oliver Platt) entertains a big shot producer’s (guest star Allison Janney) offer to turn his blog into movie. But when Cathy decides she doesn’t like where the film is going, she balks. Meanwhile, Sean’s (John Benjamin Hickey) face-to-face date with a phone sex client produces a surprising result.
As Paul (Oliver Platt) discovers that life on the road with Joy (Susan Sarandon) will require much more from him than he thought, and Cathy (Laura Linney) uses the nursery renovation to help the Coopers, Adam (Gabriel Basso) makes a surprise donation to a church charity bazaar.
As Cathy (Laura Linney) puts an end to the Coopers’ adoption scam, she and Paul (Oliver Platt) stumble upon each other’s secrets. Meanwhile, Sean’s (John Benjamin Hickey) ménage à trois founders.
Stepping in for the late Joy Kleinman, Paul (Oliver Platt) takes the family to Puerto Rico for his own self help seminar. And as Cathy (Laura Linney) gets some bad news about her cancer treatments, she vows to use the vacation to face her fears of the water and her own mortality.
After getting lost during a scuba diving lesson, Cathy (Laura Linney) lands in the boat of a local fisherman. And unaware of the frantic search for his missing wife, Paul (Oliver Platt) creates an alter ego when he is approached by a woman at the hotel bar.
Cathy plans a birthday party.
Cathy upsets Paul when she tries to help him move on.
Cathy inadvertently inspires Andrea to get her sparkle back.
Series finale. Adam fulfills one of Cathy's wishes.
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