Episodes is the story of a happily married English couple, Sean and Beverly Lincoln, who also happen to be successful writer-creators of hit sitcom Lyman's Boys. At an awards ceremony in London they are wooed by a hugely powerful and charismatic US network executive who persuades them to move out to LA and remake their hit show for an American audience - with disastrous results.
Things begin to unravel at Sean and Beverly's first studio meeting. It soon becomes clear that the network president has never even seen their show. To make matters worse, he insists on sweeping changes including the replacement of lead actor and erudite Royal Shakespeare veteran Richard Griffiths, with Friends star Matt LeBlanc. The intelligent Lyman's Boys is becoming Pucks!.
Sean and Beverly are appalled at the changes, and especially the casting of LeBlanc, but the decision is out of their hands. Matt comes on board and they find themselves in a complicated triangle, which threatens to destroy not just their TV show but also their marriage.
By the end of the first series, all three are bloodied and bruised, with hearts broken and friendships ruined: inevitably, it's at that point that the network tells them that they're ordering a full series, and the three know they'll be forced to work together despite the complete mess they've made of their lives.
The second series picks up four months after the end of the first. Sean and Beverly's marriage has been blown apart by Beverly's fling with Matt, and Matt's friendship with Sean appears to be beyond salvage. But Pucks! hasn't even yet premiered, and the road ahead is long.
As the series progresses, we are plunged deeper into the twisted world of making television. It's a portrait gallery of megalomaniac network executives, surgically-enhanced actresses and naked stalkers who appear unexpectedly in your kitchen.
Through it all, Sean and Beverly struggle to rediscover the love they had when they started their American adventure, while Matt struggles to reclaim the stardom that was once his.
Matt says: "When the second season starts, we are all doing our best to navigate this awkward love triangle. People ask which Matt is the real me, but the writers will take a seed from my real life and grow it into an idea. I don't mind if people think 'Matt LeBlanc' on screen is the real me because it means we have done a great job of creating a believable character."
He was equally amused by the reaction of TV bosses in Hollywood after the series went out in the US.
"The industry in LA has really embraced the show. It's funny to hear certain people say 'I know who that character is based on, it's so and so', and I know it's really based on them! The show isn't just about Hollywood TV system, it's about three people and the intricacies of relationships."