“Episodes” is premium cable comedy that bites the Hollywood hand that feeds it.
Hollywood is all too easy to satirize with its egos, greed, and test audience malarkey, but the sitcom “Episodes” turns it into an art form. Creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik know the crazy world of show biz all too well and never miss an opportunity to rip the studio system a new one. They also know how to write hilarious characters, witty and wicked banter, and sublime running gags. Plus, they gave Matt LeBlanc his best role yet – that of Matt LeBlanc, albeit a ribald riff on the veteran “Friends” actor. About to start its fifth and final season, this co-production from Showtime and BBC 2 is one of television’s meanest and funniest shows ever.