10 Great TV Show Performances (No One Ever Talks About)

2. Jim Carrey - Kidding

Kidding Carrey

After absolutely tearing it up throughout the late 90s and early 2000s as one of the most diverse and unpredictable performers of his generation, the great Jim Carrey experienced something of a dip in form. The likes of Mr. Popper's Penguins and Dumber and Dumber To did little to convince critics and fans alike that Carrey had anything left to offer in terms of work that was either genuinely funny or even the slightest bit intriguing.

But then the Liar, Liar sensation decided to turn his attention to the small screen and with Showtime's Kidding he managed to stumble upon said former genius.

Settling into the shoes of the Fred Rogers-esque Jeff Piccirillo like he'd been wearing them for a lifetime, Carrey's Jim Pickles acts as a comforting light to kids through his friendly puppet show, but also harbours the pain brought on by one of his sons being tragically killed in a car accident. As the show unfolds, Carrey expertly gives us glimpses of a man broken by a savage world without ever allowing his relentless optimism to come across as caricature.

As stellar turn as this was, Kidding ultimately bit the dust after two seasons, with Carrey since disappearing into the less inspiring territory of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.


Lifts rubber and metal. Watches people flip in spandex and pretends to be other individuals from time to time...