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TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2018– )
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Jeff, a famous children's television icon, struggles to retain his sanity as his family falls apart.


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Series cast summary:
Jim Carrey ...  Jeff / ... 10 episodes, 2018
Frank Langella ...  Seb 10 episodes, 2018
Judy Greer ...  Jill 10 episodes, 2018
Catherine Keener ...  Deirdre 10 episodes, 2018
Cole Allen ...  Will Pickles / ... 10 episodes, 2018
Juliet Morris ...  Maddy / ... 10 episodes, 2018
Bernard White ...  Scott Perera 9 episodes, 2018
Alex Raul Barrios Alex Raul Barrios ...  Derrell 9 episodes, 2018
Justin Kirk ...  Peter 8 episodes, 2018
Julitta Scheel Julitta Scheel ...  Cassidy 8 episodes, 2018
Coda Boesel ...  Bong Dude 8 episodes, 2018
Juliocesar Chavez ...  Giggles 8 episodes, 2018
Mary Faber ...  Macy / ... 7 episodes, 2018
Dan Garza ...  Ennui Le Triste 7 episodes, 2018
Ginger Gonzaga ...  Vivian 6 episodes, 2018


Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children's television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him - who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality's family - wife, two sons, sister and father - begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Written by Showtime

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Hi, cruel world


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidding See more »

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Production Co:

Aggregate Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ben Travers at IndieWire reviewed the first four episodes of the show, and called it an alt-reality In Living Color: Mr. Rogers (1993), and that although the fixation on death is "uncomfortable, [...] it shows signs of a lighter, broader scope and is buoyed by unrelenting optimism." He praised the story for treating Jeff's sincerity with genuine respect, and Jim Carrey for his "terrific" and "nuanced" performance. See more »


Seb: [to Jeff] You are not a real person, you are a man in a box. People see a trusted brand. No one sees the man.
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Jim Carrey, once again, shows his incredible talent and range
2 September 2018 | by noellecmSee all my reviews

If you were expecting an "In Living Color" Jim Carrey, you will be sorely disappointed with Kidding. This is an absolutely grand dark comedy with an amazing supporting cast with Catherine Keener and the incredible Frank Langella. Kidding explores the reality behind a children's television icon. The face portrayed on the kids show is starkly contrasted by the reality of a man whose life is in pieces. Carrey's portrayal of "Jeff", the man at the center of the chaos, grasps at things and makes decisions that might seen good ideas at the moment, but may well cause more destruction down the road. Carrey is masterful playing a very broken Jeff admidst a life that is on the trajectory of coming undone.

Just as a second warning, this is a dark comedy, and a very good one at that. I cannot wait to see where the season takes us.

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