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Smash: Pilot

The hit-making Broadway writing team of Julia Houston and Tom Levitt unites with producer Eileen Rand to create a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and seasoned chorus girl Ivy Lynn vies with newcomer Karen Cartwright for the dream role.

Source: NBC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday February 06th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) Apr 21, 2012
AU (Seven) Aug 28, 2012

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (2 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Michael Cristofer
As Jerry Rand
Becky Ann Baker
As Karen's Mother
Brian d'Arcy James
As Frank Houston
Dylan Baker
As Karen's Father
Robert Lupone
As Jerry's Lawyer
Main Cast
Debra Messing
As Julia Houston
Jack Davenport
As Derek Wills
Katharine McPhee
As Karen Cartwright
Christian Borle
As Tom Levitt
Megan Hilty
As Ivy Lynn
Anjelica Huston
As Eileen Rand
Raza Jaffrey
As Dev Sundaram
Brian d'Arcy James
As Frank Houston
Jaime Cepero
As Ellis Boyd


The scene opens with Karen Cartwright, a 24-year-old, Broadway wanna-be star, who is shown to be ambitious and hardworking. She exudes innocence and hope. Karen is a waitress, has parents from Iowa who want her to come home and have a better-paying career, and who don’t think much of her Broadway ambitions. She also has a seemingly amazing boyfriend Dev Sundaram; who is shown to love her a lot. Karen and Dev live in a very nice apartment together. Dev is shown to work for the mayor’s office. Karen and Dev’s relationship is sweet, as they both seem to be in complete sync with the other. Dev believes in and supports her dream and sticks up for her in front of her parents, a fact any girlfriend would love. He takes her to the “Marilyn” audition, reminds her Marilyn Monroe wasn’t about sex; she was about love and helps her prepare for the callback, a thing not many boyfriends would do. ..

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