Carrey, in his first series regular role in 20 years, plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, 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 series also stars Frank Langella, Catherine Keener, Judy Greer, Cole Allen, and Juliet Morris. Dave Holstein created the series and is exec producer and showrunner with Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Roberto Benabib, Raffi Adlan, Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente. Michel Gondry, who directed Carrey in the film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” also executive produces and directed multiple episodes.
The series has received mostly positive reviews since its debut in September, currently holding a 72% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“‘Kidding’ has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television,” said Showtime president of programming Gary Levine. “I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in season two.”
The first season currently airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with its season finale set to air on Nov. 11.