Showtime Renews Episodes for Season 3

Looks like we'll be getting a second season of hockey comedy Pucks! The show-within-a-show will be back, as will the show it lives within, Episodes. Showtime renewed the Matt LeBlanc comedy today and will begin production on the nine-episode third season next year.

Episodes stars LeBlanc as a dopier version of himself starring in a television show that's being adapted for America from its British original. At the center are the couple (Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greg) that created the British original as Hollywood tears into their souls and makes them do things like have sex with starlets!

Most of what I've seen of Episodes has been inconsistent, and I haven't kept tabs on it very closely. But I'm open to suggestion if you guys think otherwise. Should I watch Season 2? Decide my fate in the comments below, but if you make me watch it and I hate it, I will come after each and every one of you.


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Greatt newssss!!! im really looking forward to watch it :D
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I enjoy how different this show is from other comedies.
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Absolutely. It's an underrated and subtle comedy with actual tender moments to go along with it.
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I'm just loving this show. I'm glad they renewed it! I miss it already!
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I must admit I was biased from the start because Stephen Mangan & Tamsin Greig are geniuses in their craft (if you haven't, take a look at Green Wing) and so I did really liked series1 tho I'd grant you that it really did take off in the last episodes. I am really rooting for you to give it another shot, series 2 is great, the stakes are higher, poeple are comitted, the situations are hilarious & they've gone into the relationships in greater depth.

PLUS you have watched every single episode of The Event so are you really gonna act all fancy when it comes to give another try at an actual good show... Think about it Tim.
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Tim, trust me on this one, Season 2 was WAAAAY better than the first one. please do watch it, it's absolutely worth it!
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This is such a well crafted, sweet, sexy, lewd, dramatic and sometimes laugh out loud funny show. You can't really compare it to anything else on television. I also think you either commit to it or don't bother. Once you're familiar with the characters you'll find yourself caring for them even while you laugh at them. Speaking of the cast, there isn't a weak link among them. I think if you're looking for an intelligent, sophisticated grownup comedy-give Episodes a chance.
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Nailed it!!

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Well, if you actually want to do your job properly when you write about a show, then watch the show. If not please do not write articles about them and defer them to some other staff member that actually knows the subject matter, you know, like professionals are expected to do.
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Great show, Tim. Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greg deserve awards for the portrayal of their tortured souls. Matt LeBlanc's incorrigible dufus is brilliant. Funny, funny stuff. Us Canadians like - do with that what you will LOL!
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season 2 was great, way funnier than season 1.
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It's a "read on the bus or on the can" type of a show, but it's good enough to keep you interested, served some good laughs and the characters are well defined. I keep it for those "low gravitas" TV moments...
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definitely a divide in recommendations. i think watch it would be the majority, but "inconsistent" seems to have been reiterated a number of times.. i think you might as well give it a shot and maybe just turn off any episode that doesn't have your interest piqued as the show will certainly catch you up on what you missed at the beginning of the following episode.



i say watch (or try) because there will be a season three which may turn out good, who knows?
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inconsistent is probably the best way to describe the show IMO. unfortunately while watching season two i tended to tune out during most of the episodes. i felt season 1 was stronger. it feels almost as if the show became comfortable with mediocrity.



i wouldn't recommend watching season two per se, but rather it might not be the worst decision you ever made. then again it might. i feel like i'm mimicking the show now/.



as a married individual maybe you'd find it enjoyable watching it with your spouse if they were so inclined? it does pretty much rely on relationship stuffs. of course there's female nudity so that may not be the best idea... good luck in your decision making!



on a side note season 2 actually aired in the UK first and begs the question how intrinsic is showtime in the show's production / remaining alive?



PS i love the cast of the show it just seems awfully dry at times and no it's not for lack of not appreciating british humor as i'm a big fan of the better british comedies / comedians that i've been made aware of. the inbetweeners!!! (thanks again for bring it up on the site back when)
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Awesome show! I only wish there were more episodes per season.
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I like Stephen Mangan and I like Tamsin Greg, but the show is not good. It is okay, but I think I stopped watching 2/3 of the way through the season. Honestly, I was so unengaged I don't remember now.
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The 1st season of episodes wasn't exaclty funny, it got better at the end, the same can be said for the 2nd season.



However the episodes are engaging to the point that sometimes they seem like they last only 5 minutes.



I watched the 2nd season in a single day, because when I find out that it had a 2nd season, it had alredy aired it completely, which is great instead of waiting week after week.
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Watched the first season in a marathon, thought it was absolutely amazing. Keep meaning to catch up on season 2 but I have so many other things I need to catch up on as well, but if you haven't watched the full first season, you really should.
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YAY!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!
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Drop everything!!! It's fantastic! Really must be fun to play yourself as such a douche!
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Seson 1 : 7 episodes

Season 2 : 9 episodes

Season 3 : 9 episodes



this is ridiculous ...



still... i love the show... matt and jamie rocks !
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it's the british connection. all of their series have short seasons (shows have short series if you're a brit.)
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it has its highs and lows but it keeps you tuning in for more.
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HEY TIM, it's fooking brilliant, watch it from the start. Mangan & Greg are understated (typically British) but brilliant, Matt LeBlanc is great, the support cast is good, the writing is good, and, actually the support cast is great. Watch the whole thing, you'll enjoy it.
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Watch it!
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My girlfriend liked season one better, i liked season two better and since she is usually a better judge of these kind of things season one probably was better. But since season one was pretty great there really isn't any reason not to watch it. It's really really funny.
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If you havent even watched series 2 how can you say the show has been inconsistent. the show is brilliant, well written and well acted. and seen as anything the ex-friends stars do is going to be then vs. now and constantly compared to what was... i think its very clever for him to do episodes because people would be idiots to say 'well its not as good as friends' cause thats the WHOLE POINT!!!!!
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and we know you're british because ...you said 'series' rather than the american 'season' =P if you all say "cheers, mate!" then chhers, mate! but if that's only aussies my apologies and 'hope you have a bloody brilliant day' instead.
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I loved it! I'm very happy the "Friends curse" has been lifted.
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Season 2 was awesome!
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To really appreciate quality you need to watch something mediocre as well, and season two did a good job in making me lose interest for this series future.

It's not that we lack possible candidates for those balancing spots on the schedule, so this series is just another for the forgettable past.
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Season 2 was an absolute gem. Every actor on that show has impeccable comedic timing. Lots of laughs, snappy dialogue, and even some of the facial expressions absolutely kill me. So refreshing to see a show like this get a well deserved 3rd season!
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It's an easy and entertaining watch. You won't miss out if you don't watch it, but you will have a few laughs and a lot of smiles while you watch it... And it is a low level investment... 8 30 minute episodes... over before you know it...
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It's a great show. You won't miss much if you don't watch it, but if you're bored some Sunday morning before starting the day I would recommend this. It's fun to be reminded how Hollywood has it's own little world that is so far removed from what most people consider normal...or appropriate.
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Yay! He doesn't get enough credit nor the writers too. Fun fact almost everybody is British except I think it was 2 characters. Who's the other? :)
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Yay. I'm so happy it got renewed, Great show. Underrated, in my opinion.
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If Season 1 was inconsistent, Season 2 was superb. A couple of great new characters in there, too.
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I don't know. I think I liked season 1 better. Maybe it was just that season 1 felt fresh and different. I don't know. I just know that I was less impressed by season 2.
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I never watched. I don't think anyone of 'Friends' cast is gonna do better than 'Friends', that's why I won't watch anything they make. Cougar Town, Web Therapy, Joey...
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the movie schwimmer did with simon pegg was great ...and introduced me to simon pegg!
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its so ignorant to act that way cause your missing so much great television



they were great in friends but friends had to come to an end.



grow up and stop acting like a child
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A few of their works have been solid. I enjoy "Episodes." The first season of "Dirt" was great (until the writer's strike). "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" was great, but got hit in the ratings. And... I'm starting to run out of good ones.
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Why does that even matter? I suppose it would if Friends is the worst show you can ever consider watching. If not, then you only need to ask yourself this:

1. Is it good?

2. Is it better than other shows that are on during the same season?
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I have watched this show from episode 1! I have to say that I expected a lot more from season 2 than I got. I will definately watch season 3, but if you do not watch it you are not really missing anything in my opinion. But, that being said: I still love Matt LeBlanc and the rest of my Friends cast to death!
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I'm glad for this news. While I liked Episodes during its first season, I didn't like it that much -- it probably wouldn't have cracked my hypothetical list of top 30 shows. But it was good enough for me to plan on watching the second season, and having watched along with the British airing of season 2, I kiiiind of loved it. Maybe I just adapted to the humor better, or maybe it was just better written, but the second season was a lot of fun.



I didn't really understand why Matt LeBlob (hehe) was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe (which he won) for best actor in comedy after its first season, but I'd be more than happy and understanding if he was nominated again next time around.
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I think "Episodes" is very funny and worth your time. If anything, my complaint would be that there are so few episodes per season and maybe some stories don't quite have as much time to develop as would be helpful.
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It is definitely worth the watch. There were noticeable improvements from the first season, and there were more than a handful of jokes that had me on the floor in laughter... almost literally.



YCOMT~ lol
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Most definitely watch season 2. I loved it, and am very pleased it has been renewed for a 3rd season.
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So you haven't seen the second season at all? I would say it was on par with the first one. The same kind of dry humour, nothing dramatic happening, a few chuckles along the way. Based on that, you be the judge weather to watch it or not. If you didn't like the first season, I won't recommend the second, since I know you are dead serious about your threat to hunt me down.



But I'm happy about the renewal, for LeBlanc's sake. It's good to see that the ex-Friends are finding jobs.
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Definitely watch season 2! It had one of the funniest scenes that I have ever seen, period. The second season definitely improved on the negative aspects of season 1, and like I said, there's one scene in the finale that had me literally loling in fits of laughter. So excited that it got renewed! (especially since Weeds ends in a few days :(((( so sad!)
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