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Kidding is an American comedy-drama series which premiered on Showtime on September 9th, 2018 and was created by Dave Holstein.

The series stars Jim Carrey, Frank Langella, Judy Greer, Cole Allen, Juliet Morris, and Catherine Keener and marks the second collaboration between director and executive producer Michel Gondry and Carrey, who previously worked together on the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. On October 10, 2018, it was announced that Showtime had renewed the series for a second season.

The series follows Jeff Piccirillo, who plays the children's television presenter Mr. Pickles and has to face a difficult family life and personal problems.


Kidding provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adult Fear: Dealing with the loss of a child.
  • As Himself: Tara Lipinski appears as herself for a few episodes. Also Ariana Grande in Season 2.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Mr Pickles-San says "Stop! Stop! Stop!" as Deirdre bullies him into sex, but the story doesn't treat it as a big deal.
    • Averted in Season 2. Deirdre’s behavior is called out by Mr. Pickles-San’s brother, who accuses her of rape, while she insists it was consensual.
  • Irony: After Jeff attacks Peter for being on pot, Peter needs a new kidney which Jeff volunteers to give his where Jeff ends up needing to help take care of the pain from the surgery so the doctor prescribes...pot.
  • Nice Guy: Peter is quite relatively forgiving to Jeff after he hit him with his car.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Leaning more towards the bleaker end of the scale due to it being about Mr. Pickles struggling to understand the difficult aspects of life.
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  • Stepford Smiler: Jeff keeps his Mr. Pickles persona on at all times while suppressing his darker emotions.
  • The Oner: Shaina's Transformation from Season 2, Episode 3, is a two minute Oner scene showing Shaina managing to turn her life around over a period of five years. Done superbly as a single take with the passage of time being implied by furniture and lighting changing, with Mr. Pickles being on the TV throughout (the TV also changes over the course of the scene). According to behind the scenes information, it took three days of practice, 50 crew members and a special set design to pull off.


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