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Matt LeBlanc

Years after appearing in Friends and its spinoff Joey, Matt is cast in the new sitcom "Pucks" as the lovable hockey coach Lyman.

  • Adam Westing: Conceited, egotistical serial adulterer(!) Matt LeBlanc.
  • Anything That Moves: Matt is...not discerning when it comes to who he sleeps with, whether it's other people's wives or his own stalker.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Matt and his father have an insanely dysfunctional relationship.
  • The Atoner: Goes back and forth on this. On some issues he'll show genuine remorse while on others he'll dig his heels in.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Beverly.
  • Biggus Dickus: It's brought up repeatedly within a single episode.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In episode 4, Matt makes fun of Beverly with the Lincolns' cleaning lady. In Spanish.
  • Hidden Depths: Matt is a massive tool, but genuinely cares for his kids (or at least tries to). "I'm a terrible husband but an excellent father." He's also fluent in Spanish, and is a skilled cook.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: invokedMatt is criticised by the execs for gaining weight; Sean can't even see a difference.
  • Jail Bait Wait: Rather creepily implied with Matt and Labia. She'd been stalking him for years by the time he slept with her at eighteen and it's unlikely that she just suddenly turned hot the moment she became legal.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Matt royally screws Sean and Beverly over by passing on their script after begging them to write it for him in the first place, they ultimately agree with him that it's crap.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Matt, pretty much. He's completely self-centered, doesn't have much of a conscience, and quite often has no clue how terribly he treats people, but he's very amiable and jovial... and in his own way, he does care.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Gender-flipped when Matt catches Beverly looking at his Biggus Dickus.
  • Sad Clown: He's the star of a comedy series and in his personal life has to deal with custody battles for his kids, a stalker, the tabloids fat-shaming him, his dwindling bank balance and a strained relationship with his father.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: After sex with Beverly.
  • Supreme Chef: Surprisingly, Matt is a really good cook.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Matt has apparently become this to the rest of the Friends cast.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Beverly gives Matt several, but Sean's one to him in the final episode takes the cake.
  • Wimp Fight: Sean and Matt have the "vicious but technically inept" kind after Matt sleeps with Beverly.

Sean Lincoln

The co-writer of the British series "Lyman's Boys", which was eventually adapted as "Pucks" for the American audience. Married to Beverly.

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Sean does this to Morning's sex tape.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: He'll deny any attraction to Morning, but it's eventually proven that he's only as faithful as his options.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It seems to be his only coping mechanism.
  • Downtime Downgrade: Justified by Beverly's infidelity. The second season thus becomes a Will They or Won't They Get Back Together?.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Every time the Lincolns try to stop Merc and Matt from altering their show, they fail. Even a series cancellation doesn't last very long.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Beverly cheats on Sean mistakenly thinking he'd cheated on her with Morning, and they break up when he finds out. While they're separated, he does sleep with Morning, but feels guilty about it and tries to keep it a secret.
  • Hands-On Approach: Sean teaching Beverly to ice-skate. Played For Heartwarming as she'd earlier lamented that what she missed most since they broke up was him holding her.
  • Improvised Weapon: Sean and Matt's Wimp Fight escalates into throwing things at each other, and crosses a line when Sean sprays cologne in Matt's face and they take a break to rinse his eyes out.
  • Informed Ability: Sean & Beverley's writing ability and the quality of Lyman's Boys. The bits of Pucks! we see are of varying quality at best, and that can't be entirely the fault of Executive Meddling...
  • Wimp Fight: Sean and Matt have the "vicious but technically inept" kind after Matt sleeps with Beverly.

Beverly Lincoln

The co-writer of the British series "Lyman's Boys", which was eventually adapted as "Pucks" for the American audience. Married to Sean.

     Hollywood 

Merc Lapidus

The (former) network executive that greenlights "Pucks".

  • Blatant Lies: Pretty much most of what Merc says to Sean & Beverley.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Merc's reaction when he thinks a travel agent has let his wife know about his plan to take Carol on a trip.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: invokedIn-universe;
    • At a party, Merc's blind wife is talking about the charity she works with, whilst Merc is miming apologies before pretending to kill himself, thinking he's actually being pretty funny. Everyone else at the table is just looking around awkwardly.
      • Indeed, a running gag through the series is Merc constantly joking around his wife from fondling female guests to other lewd actions, acting like it's hysterical when everyone else just stares in disbelief.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a very friendly and extroverted guy. He's also a massive liar who will manipulate anyone for a dollar or a screw.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Merc and his wife frequently cheat on each other. He seems to be unaware of hers, but she knows about his.
  • Hidden Depths: Seemingly invoked when we are introduced to Merc's wife, Jamie. She's sweet, charitable, and blind. Everyone's pleasantly surprised, and it seems like there's more to Merc than meets the eye. Five minutes later, we see that Merc gleefully belittles her in public, has been cheating on her for years, and is even more of a slime ball than everyone first thought.
  • Idiot Ball: After he finally confronts his wife about her affair with Matt and learns he's been fired Merc is being driven home by Carol as she says now they can finally be together. Merc immediately says he can't leave his wife now because without a job, it'll be harder to pay her half his money. Carol finally realizes her dream of being with Merc is just that and drops him off in the rain in a slum neighborhood.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Merc giving his speech about winning a Man of the Year award at a charity on how great it feels to be supportive while we see workers packing up his office as he's been fired from his job.
  • Nobody Poops: Merc insists on having a ratings discussion with Carol while he's sitting on the toilet.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Merc and his wife trying to book separate romantic getaways through the same travel agent fall victim to this, along with the agent assuming they're traveling together, and end up booked on a trip together.

Carol Rance

The assistant executive.

  • Functional Addict: Possibly. Beverly thinks so, and she jokingly agrees.
  • Has a Type: Carol cannot seem to refrain from sleeping with her boss (regardless of said boss's gender).
  • Opinion Flip-Flop: Carol is an expert at this.
    Carol: I head about the heatwave you're having! And they say there's no global warming.
    Exec: There's no global warming.
    Carol: I know, right? Come on, people, it's called "weather"!
  • Shameful Strip: After a messy breakup, Helen forces Carol to strip to the waist, since she'd borrowed Helen's singlet and sports bra.
  • The Stoner: Carol at first seems very normal and secure, then reveals later into Series 1 that she is a stoner (seemingly not a light one either as she carries pre-rolled joints in her bag) and shares a smoke with Beverley. From this point onwards, her insecurity and eccentricities aren't hidden as much and she continues to appear less and less well-adjusted each episode.
    Beverly: [As Carol turns up on her doorstep holding two joints] And you claim you don't have a problem.

Morning Randolph

Matt LeBlanc's co-star on "Pucks".

  • Adaptational Sexuality: Her character in "Lyman's Boys" was originally a lesbian.
  • Dawson Casting: In-Universe. She's well over 40 and manages to get cast in roles that would normally go to actresses much younger than that. Irony is that her actress Mircea Monroe was actually 28 in real life when the show first started.
  • Mama Bear: Morning is very protective of her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Morning frequently gets rather intimate with Sean throughout the first season (somewhat justifying Beverly's paranoia about them), but later claims she never meant anything by it. Then she hooks up with Sean twice in the second season.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a busty blonde bombshell and the art department does nothing to downplay it.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Morning and her daughter Dawn.
  • Older Than They Look: Apparently Morning was playing grown women on TV in the 1980s and is older than Beverley, who seems to be in her mid-40s.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Sean.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Morning is noticeably more of an airhead in Series 2.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Since nobody under the age of 50 remembers her breakout role.

Andy Button

The casting director.

Myra Licht

The "Head of Comedy".

  • Ambiguous Disorder: She finds herself confused by jokes other people understand, has one weird facial expression and speaks in a monotone voice with limited dialogue.
  • The Ditz: Myra is pretty brainless.
  • Eskimos Aren't Real: A group of Hollywood TV executives discuss a potential premise for their network's vampire style show. Many ideas are mentioned, culminating in Myra recommending the paranormal creatures in their show should be Gypsies. She recommends it twice, before somebody tells her that Gypsies are real.
  • Informed Attribute: Played for laughs. She shows absolutely no sense of humor, despite her job revolving around it.
  • Noodle Incident: Myra's pregnancy in Series 4, which is only ever acknowleged by Carol and Andy.
  • Verbal Tic: "Mmm..."

Castor Sotto

Merc's replacement.

  • Ax-Crazy: Merc's successor Castor. A paranoid schizophrenic who furiously masturbates in his office, borderline rapes Carol several times and experiences wild mood swings.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's very buff and his constant working out means he spends a lot of time topless and glistening.
  • Raging Stiffie: Castor frequently gets these as a side-effect of his psychosis medication. On one notable occasion, it was prompted by a news broadcast about an earthquake in Peru.

Helen Basch

Castor's replacement.

  • Lipstick Lesbian: She gets Carol in on it as well.
  • Not So Different: She turns out to be as abusive as Castor, just on an emotional level rather than a physical one.

Andrew Lesley

A former assistant to Sean and Beverly who has found success in Hollywood.

  • Always Someone Better: While Sean and Beverly are contractually tied to a critically-panned sitcom they're desperate to abandon, Andrew is getting his passion projects greenlit and never seems to have any issues with creative control.

Tim Whittick

Sean's former writing partner before he married Beverly.

  • Jerkass: Antagonises Beverly and threatens to sue Sean if he doesn't give him any royalties or creative control over their old pilot script.

Eileen Jaffee

A literary agent that takes on Sean and Beverly.

  • Keet: Her desk is set above a treadmill as she's so energetic.

     Supporting Characters 

Jamie Lapidus

Merc's (ex) wife.

  • Blind Mistake: A couple of times, for example needing a minder at a funeral to make sure she doesn't "go in the hole."
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Merc and his Jamie frequently cheat on each other. He seems to be unaware of hers, but she knows about his.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being blind has her own affairs, and far more aware of her husband's behavior than she lets on.
  • Put on a Bus: Jamie Lapidus leaves Matt when she figures out that he'd cheated on her and never appears again.

Diane

Matt's ex-wife.

Labia

Matt's stalker.

  • Fanservice: Labia's prolonged nude scene. In fact, just about the only part of Labia's anatomy we don't see is, well...
  • Jail Bait Wait: Rather creepily implied with Matt and Labia. She'd been stalking him for years by the time he slept with her at eighteen and it's unlikely that she just suddenly turned hot the moment she became legal.
  • Put on a Bus: Labia has just one appearance in Season 3 where it's revealed that she's got a boyfriend and finally overcame her infatuation with Matt.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She's a Loony Fan who's been obsessed with Matt for fifteen years, ever since he took her sick 8-year-old self to Disneyland for Make-A-Wish. Oh right, and he slept with her once. Make that twice.
    • When she does finally move on from Matt, she starts dating a guy called "Joe". Yeah...

Rob

Morning's younger brother.

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