‘Kidding’ is an American comedy and drama television series that airs on Showtime. The series first premiered on September 9, 2018. It has been created by Dave Holstein. The show not only stars Jim Carrey, who is famous for his films like ‘The Mask‘, ‘The Truman Show‘, and ‘Ace Ventura’ but also has him as a co-executive producer. Some of the other notable executive producers include Jason Bateman, of ‘Ozark‘ fame, and Michel Gondry. Notably, this is Gondry’s second collaboration with Carrey after they worked together on the acclaimed ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘.
The series is centered around Jeff, who is a famous icon on children’s television. We see this man struggling to retain his sanity, while his family and his life begins to fall apart. Naturally, the show has attracted a lot of fans because of Jim Carrey’s star power, yet ironically, it is the critics who have said that those who watch the show for the usual brand of Carrey’s slapstick comedy are bound to be disappointed, but if viewed objectively, the series is quite surprising in the poignant manner in which it explores both life and grief.
Kidding Cast: Who is in it?
Jim Carrey plays the central character if the show, Jeff Pickles. Jeff is a down to earth person who has been motivating the youth for years through his television show. Despite being a great mentor, the man is on the brink of depression. Others in the cast include Catherine Keener as Deirdre, the head puppet maker and Jeff’s sister, Frank Langella as Sebastian Piccirillo, the executive producer of Jeff’s show and his father. Judy Greer appears as Jill, Jeff’s estranged wife who happens to be a nurse, and Cole Allen as Will, one of Jeff and Jill’s twin sons. Apart from the main cast, there is a host of supporting characters, and they all help to make the show a more immersive experience for the audience.
In the upcoming season, hopefully, we will see the main cast members return, and they might be joined by some new characters as well, and it will be interesting to see how Jeff interacts with them, and if they have an impact on him or his family.
Kidding Plot: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Kidding’ revolves around Jeff Piccirillo who performs as Jeff Pickles. Mr. Pickles is an icon of children’s television. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and all the humility in the world. His TV show inspires parents of his generation and motivates the younger generation. Both on and off screen, Mr. Pickles is the most polite person one would come across. He is shown to have a long-running show on PBS, that has gone on for thirty years. His show is titled ‘Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time’.
The show and Mr. Pickles appeals to the kids with its intriguing fables and several puppets who are regulars on the show. However, his personal life takes a U-turn with his wife leaving him, and the aftereffects it has with his two sons, who turn hostile towards him. His relationship with his sister and father also deteriorates. Eventually, circumstances become more than what he can handle. He slowly loses his sanity, which is both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.