Looks like the joke’s on us, courtesy of Showtime. The cable giant is giving everyone the opportunity to watch the first episode of Jim Carrey (The Truman Show) and his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind helmer Michel Gondry‘s new comedy-drama series Kidding for free. Even better than that? You don’t have to wait until the series premieres on Sunday, September 9th — it’s available online right now. In fact, you can watch it below.
Kidding s01e01 ‘Green Means Go’: Jeff Pickles decides it’s time to talk about death on Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time. His executive producer, Seb, feels that Mr. Pickles the persona and Jeff Pickles the person need to remain separate. Deirdre punishes her daughter Maddy for not eating her veggies.
Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, fable or puppet will guide him through this 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. Jeff begins to push back against the limits of the well-oiled machine that is Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time, and of his executive producer, Seb (Frank Langella). Seb fears Jeff’s mental state could ruin the branding empire they’ve built, and thus begins preparing the show for a life after Jeff, while Deirdre (Catherine Keener), the head puppet maker, grapples with her own personal and professional life issues. Judy Greer stars as Jeff’s estranged wife, and Cole Allen plays their son.
Directed by Gondry and premiering on Showtime on September 9th, Kidding also stars Judy Greer (I’m Sorry), Catherine Keener (Get Out, Death to Smoochy), Frank Langella (The Americans, Frost/Nixon), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here), and Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Carrey, Gondry, Dave Holstein, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark), Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, and Michael Aguilar will serve as executive producers.