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The Best Episodes of The Big C

Every episode of The Big C ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Big C!

A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.


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The best episode of "The Big C" is "The Finale", rated 9.2/10 from 280 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "The Finale" aired on 5/20/2013 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Taking the Plunge".

  • The Finale
    9.2/10 280 votes

    #1 - The Finale

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-05-20

    Adam surprises everyone when he fulfils one of Cathy's wishes. Cathy's estranged Dad visits her. Andrea gets the opportunity of a lifetime. Sean has mixed feelings about his impending kidney surgery.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Taking the Plunge
    9.1/10 338 votes

    #2 - Taking the Plunge

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-11-15

    Rebecca reveals a secret to Sean that reconnects them. Dr. Todd tells Paul and Cathy that the bee therapy did not work. Cathy reconsiders her options. Adam finally shows his softer side in an unexpected way.

    Director: Michael Engler

    Writer: N/A

  • Crossing the Line
    8.8/10 237 votes

    #3 - Crossing the Line

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-09-26

    Cathy is inspired by Lee’s passing to ring in the New Year in an unexpected way; burdened by financial issues, Paul tries a new tactic with the insurance agency; Adam makes a surprising connection with Dr. Todd.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: N/A

  • Quality Of Death
    8.7/10 173 votes

    #4 - Quality Of Death

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-05-13

    Dr. Sherman pays a visit to Cathy, who has checked herself into a hospice and is experiencing problems with her new roommate. Adam confronts Paul about his lack of parental guidance. Andrea seeks inspiration from Cathy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Darkest Day
    8.5/10 180 votes

    #5 - The Darkest Day

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-09-19

    As Cathy prepares for her trip to Italy, she receives an amicable call from Lee. Elsewhere, Paul uncovers a secret about Myk while Adam discovers one about Poppy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Quality Of Life
    8.5/10 206 votes

    #6 - Quality Of Life

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-04-29

    Cathy plans Adam's sixteenth birthday party. Andrea struggles settling in with her new room-mate at fashion school. Paul brings in a new assistant.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Everything That Rises
    8.3/10 209 votes

    #7 - Everything That Rises

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-11-08

    Dr. Todd and Cathy go to see the Bee Man to seek non-traditional treatment for her cancer. Paul is overly supportive of Cathy around the house. Sean gives Adam relationship advice about Mia.

    Director: Michael Engler

    Writer: Jenny Bicks

  • You Can't Take It With You
    8.3/10 174 votes

    #8 - You Can't Take It With You

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2013-05-06

    Sean feels inspired to donate to charity. Cathy upsets Paul when she signs him up to an online dating service. Andrea struggles to impress her tutor, Isaac Mizrahi.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Little c
    8.2/10 160 votes

    #9 - The Little c

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2011-08-01

    Adam's shocking indiscretion threatens Cathy's new job as a swim coach; sparks fly between Andrea and Myk, a Ukrainian coworker that Paul is mentoring; Sean seeks advice on taking the "next step" with Rebecca.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Last Thanksgiving
    8.2/10 156 votes

    #10 - The Last Thanksgiving

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-08-15

    Cathy invites friends and family to a Thanksgiving dinner, but a long-hidden secret she brings to light causes trouble.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • A Little Death
    8.1/10 154 votes

    #11 - A Little Death

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-08-22

    Rebecca deals with the grief over her miscarriage in an unexpected way which leads Cathy to reconnect with old friends; Andrea's relationship with Myk heats up; Adam is taken by surprise when he finally meets the girl he's been chatting with in an online cancer support group.

    Director: Ryan Fleck

    Writer: N/A

  • Two for the Road
    8.0/10 206 votes

    #12 - Two for the Road

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-10-04

    Cathy and Sean hit the open road to visit their dad. During the trip, Cathy tells Sean she has cancer. Sean falls apart at the news, so Cathy pretends it was a big joke. Adam gets drunk while under the supervision of Paul. Marlene finds Adam on the front lawn puking. Marlene will keep it a secret, but Adam is in further servitude to her.

    Director: Alan Poul

    Writer: N/A

  • Summer Time
    7.9/10 241 votes

    #13 - Summer Time

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-08-23

    Cathy learns from Dr. Todd just how little time she has left, and for the first time in her life, starts to appreciate her body. Paul tries to make sense of his wife's request to live apart for the summer by signing up for couples therapy. Adam, desperate to get away from his "crazy" mom, attempts to sneak off to soccer camp without her knowing.

    Director: Michael Engler

    Writer: N/A

  • Happy Birthday, Cancer
    7.9/10 203 votes

    #14 - Happy Birthday, Cancer

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2010-10-11

    For her birthday, Paul surprises Cathy with a party just when Lenny has invited her to an art opening on the Bahamas. At the party, Cathy's brother begins a fling with Cathy's eccentric college friend Rebecca. Meanwhile, picks up Marlene who is wandering around in the backyard.

    Director: Tricia Brock

    Writer: N/A

  • New Beginnings
    7.9/10 185 votes

    #15 - New Beginnings

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2010-11-01

    Paul seeks support from people at his work place, but gets more than he bargained for. Sean pulls away from Rebecca when it appears she’s getting too serious. Cathy, Marlene and Rebecca have a girl’s lunch at a strip joint -- which unexpectedly influences Cathy’s thoughts about her cancer. Adam meets a girl, Mia, at the bus stop.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: N/A

  • Goldilocks and the Bears
    7.9/10 161 votes

    #16 - Goldilocks and the Bears

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-08-08

    Lee takes Cathy to a Tibetan doctor to deal with her high blood pressure. Feeling jealousy of Lee, Paul takes Cathy and Lee out for an evening, while Adam interfere with Andrea's date.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • How Do You Feel?
    7.9/10 151 votes

    #17 - How Do You Feel?

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-08-29

    Cathy helps Lee check a few items off his "bucket list;" Poppy takes Adam to her high school reunion; a distraught Sean takes issue with his new neighbors.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Pilot
    7.8/10 329 votes

    #18 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-08-16

    After being diagnosed with melanoma, Cathy decides to build a pool in her backyard, much to the chagrin of her older curmudgeonly neighbor, Marlene. Cathy’s son, Adam, plays pranks on her while her husband Paul tries to get back in her good graces. Cathy also tries to reconnect with her willfully homeless brother Sean, and devises a weight-loss plan for Andrea, one of her summer school students.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Divine Intervention
    7.8/10 187 votes

    #19 - Divine Intervention

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-10-25

    Cathy’s unexpected visit to Andrea’s home yields many surprises. Later, Cathy seeks spiritual advice at church and while helping around the house. Rebecca calls it quits with Sean in order to reconcile her friendship with Cathy. Adam apologizes to Andrea. Paul sleeps with Tina. Cathy reveals to Paul she has cancer.

    Director: Michael Lehmann

    Writer: N/A

  • There's No C in Team
    7.7/10 237 votes

    #20 - There's No C in Team

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-08-30

    When Cathy's attempt to connect to the people closest to her fails, she signs up for a well-meaning but overbearing cancer support group. Adam rebuffs Cathy's attempts to connect with him, so she decides to put together a dinner party with Andrea, Sean and Daphne. Meanwhile, Paul tries to win back his wife's love with an elaborately romantic gesture. Marlene discovers Cathy's cancer secret in a most unusual way.

    Director: Michael Engler

    Writer: Jenny Bicks

  • Cats and Dogs
    7.7/10 154 votes

    #21 - Cats and Dogs

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2011-07-25

    Due to Paul's layoff, Cathy starts to pawn her jewelry and meets Lee there as well. Adam gets into a situation that he may need help with to get out of. Sean is kicked out of a mother's group when he tests out his homemade sling at the park

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Bundle of Joy
    7.7/10 148 votes

    #22 - Bundle of Joy

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-04-22

    Cathy visits a joyologist while Sean and Andrea go out for Valentine's Day.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Killjoy
    7.7/10 135 votes

    #23 - Killjoy

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-06-03

    Cathy pays back Maxine and Dave, and confronts Joy about Paul; Sean discovers the pros and cons of his relationship with Tim and Giselle; Paul learns something new about Cathy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Playing the Cancer Car
    7.6/10 219 votes

    #24 - Playing the Cancer Car

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-09-13

    Cathy, eager to try on a carefree, impulsive persona, drains her 401K, buys a convertible and imagines what life would be like if she were Dr. Todd's girlfriend. At his therapist's urging, Paul reignites his passion for rugby. Sean goes to great lengths to knock out a tooth without the help of a dentist. Meanwhile, Adam gets caught stealing and is surprised when Marlene comes to his rescue, until he finds out there are strings attached.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: N/A

  • Blue-Eyed Iris
    7.6/10 219 votes

    #25 - Blue-Eyed Iris

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-09-20

    Cathy meets someone new to feel sexy again. Meanwhile, Cathy's eccentric brother Sean tries to keep his building and Adam is caught while watching pornography.

    Director: Craig Zisk

    Writer: N/A