A Showtime Sampler

(Pictured above: Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, the stars of ‘Episodes’)

Showtime is inviting viewers to sample the season premieres of two comedy series, Episodes and Dice, for free.

Both series debut new seasons on Sunday, August 20 (Episodes at 10 pm ET and Dice at 10:30 pm ET) on Showtime. Until then, non-subscribers can watch season five, episode one, of Episodes on YouTube, sho.com/episode or right here:

Season two, episode one, of Dice is also available on YouTube, sho.com/dice or right here:

Both previews are edited for language.

Season five of Episodes will be the series’ last. In Episodes, Matt LeBlanc plays a fictionalized – and more outlandish – version of himself. In the final season, having failed to land a steady TV acting gig, Matt has become a successful game show host but is not happy about it. Husband-and-wife sitcom writing team Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) are forced to work with a detested ex-writing partner who is put in charge of their new series Opposite of Us. The cast also includes John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mircea Monroe, Andrea Savage and Andrea Rosen.

Dice, which returns with seven half-hour episodes, is a “scripted, semi-autobiographical series” that promises to “dig deeper into the unconventional world of Andrew Dice Clay,” as he “struggles to restart his career” and deal with “his outrageous brand of fame.” Natasha Leggero stars as his girlfriend Carmen. The cast also includes Kevin Corrigan as Milkshake, and this season will feature a long list of guest stars including David Arquette, Andy Daly, Patrick Fischler, Billy Gardell, Mary Holland, Michael Imperioli, Ron Livingston, Laraine Newman, Tony Orlando, Mickey Rourke, Teller, Mike Starr and James Woods.

Showtime’s standalone streaming service is also available via Apple, Roku, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Xbox One and Sony PlayStation Vue. For more information about subscription options and pricing, visit sho.com/order.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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