2. Episodes, (BBC Two, Showtime)
Starring Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig as Sean and Beverly Lincoln, respectively, Episodes follows a married couple who've created a popular British sitcom. In order to remake the show for American audiences, they move to Los Angeles and spend time with Matt LeBlanc, whom the network forces them to cast in the lead.
Most of the time, when actors portray exaggerated versions of themselves it turns out to be awesome, but LeBlanc performance on Episodes reaches a whole other level. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that Friends isn't the highlight of his career—Episodes is. More than a few people at the Golden Globes clearly agree, too, since LeBlanc won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series earlier this year.
The tongue-in-cheek humor regarding the differences between American and British television is golden, especially during scenes involving Sean and Beverly attempting to clean up the show’s language so it can get past network censors. For instance: “Meat missile” is suggested as a substitute for “penis.” Explanation: “That’s what nuns call it!”