The Act: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
The Act

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Disturbingly nuanced performances from Patricia Arquette and Joey King make The Act a convincing case for the ongoing dramatization of true crime stories.

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Critic Ratings: 47

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User Ratings: 408

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Air date: Mar 20, 2019

Series premiere. Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy arrive in a new neighborhood, where Gypsy feels lonely due to a barrage of medical issues and an eagerness to make friends. But their new neighbors can be nosy, and Dee Dee and Gypsy have secrets to hide.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2019

Dee Dee is on a high since Gypsy will be given the "Child of the Year Award," which makes Dee Dee feel like Mother of the Year. But before the big event, Gypsy has a dental emergency that gets the attention of a skeptical doctor who could expose Dee Dee's secrets.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2019

Dee Dee makes Gypsy play dress up for a costume convention, where they each attract charming men who could dangerously complicate their insular relationship. And Gypsy is starting to question the lies her mother tells her—especially about how old she really is.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2019

Gypsy is getting older and Dee Dee is forced to new legal maneuvers to keep control of her "little girl," but Dee Dee is limited by her health problems. Meanwhile, Gypsy goes to greater lengths than ever to connect with men and experience a sexual awakening.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2019

Gypsy and Nick scheme to meet in person and hope to win Dee Dee's approval, but when their plan goes disastrously wrong, they're pushed to make an extreme choice in order to be together.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2019

Gypsy and Nick are on the run, but flashbacks to a much younger Dee Dee reveal how trauma with her own mother set her up for conflict with Gypsy.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2019

Gypsy is excited to start over with Nick in Wisconsin, but their new life doesn't match the happily-ever-after she imagined, and her anxiety worsens as past transgressions begin to catch up with them.

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Air date: May 1, 2019

In the Season 1 finale, Gypsy fights for her life by defending her actions, while Mel and Lacey realize that behind closed doors things were not always as they seemed.

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Tv Season Info

The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora's box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.

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Critic Reviews for The Act Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (16)

This is body horror by way of Walt Disney, a ghoulish fantasia of princess gowns, stuffed animals, prescription drugs, and physical harm.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

The combination of subject and sequencing creates an eerie atmosphere, but pushing a bit further stylistically could have made this a campy treat instead of something caught between sincere storytelling and the bizarre true story.

Mar 21, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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A reminder that even when you think you know a great deal about true story, there can be value in retelling it.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

I enjoyed it for the performances: Chloë Sevigny, as Dee Dee's plain-talking neighbour Mel, and Joey King, who is brilliant as Dee Dee's helium-voiced daughter.

Dec 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The tone of the series is uneven, playing at times like an episode of a network procedural and at others like a so-called elevated genre piece.

Nov 27, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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I was so interested in how the creators were going to tell this story... and I was floored by the result.

Oct 27, 2020 | Full Review…

The tension is palpable in every scene, and this tension is supported by two career-best performances from Patricia Arquette and Joey King.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

As long as The Act steers straight as far as sticking to the truth, the show will be as confounding and entertaining as it needs to be.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Although meticulously factual and spectacularly acted, The Act is the kind of entertainment that ultimately makes the enjoyment I get from the true crime genre feel seriously questionable, if not entirely indefensible.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Like many miniseries, the show suffers from pacing issues, hitting the same beats repeatedly to the point of frustration.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The way the story is presented makes it easy to view it as a drama, and see how the events unfold, and with the amazing performances of Joey King and Patricia Arquette, it's set up to be a very addictive series so far.

Nov 27, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

All the writing was so well done, and each of the directors who came on-board kept things visually interesting, offering compelling imagery and juxtaposition of scenes that really helped the whole story, and its important themes, shine bright.

Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Act: Season 1

  • Sep 19, 2020
    I'm on episode 6 and really not enjoying this. It's very slow and is filled with unlikeable characters. I know it's a true story, but it's reeeaaaally hard to watch. Good acting, though. And Nick looks like Jimmy Fallon and Gary Sinise had a baby. Update- episode 7 was good, but the whole second half of the last episode seemed redundant.
  • Sep 17, 2020
    This show let me know the power a mother have in a daughter! A Real masterpiece
  • Jun 16, 2020
    I couldn't stop watching. A show that will enrage you but keeps you hoping for the best for unlikely characters.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    Aunque a partir del tercer capítulo se nota como rellenaron lo necesario para lograr desarrollar el total de episodios, The act cuenta de manera sobresaliente una historia real que despierta sentimientos encontrados entre la indignación y la libertad.
  • May 04, 2020
    Série sensacional, Joe King e Patricia Arquette estão lendárias nessa série.
  • Apr 13, 2020
    The Act is a biography about a girl whose mother has a condition that makes her believe her daughter has numerous health issues which leads to conflict between her, her mother, friends, and family. The show is filled with sadness with glims of hope, but goes for a roller coaster of a ride and ending based on true events.
  • Apr 01, 2020
    really depressin oh no
  • Feb 24, 2020
    This show is so good that i am now obsessed with the story. (Not in a creepy way) I find it so fascinating how it made me care for a murderer. Which does not happen so often in movies and Tv. It reminded me of Joker in a way. Because of the growth mindset.
  • Feb 19, 2020
    Perfeita... bem produzida dirigida e roteirizada....
  • Jan 31, 2020
    I am posting this to warn people of legitimate R18/pornographic elements in the series: for 1 whole second, there is a picture of an erect penis. second part, the guy shows a pornographic drawing depicting an object inserted into a womans vagina(or rectum idk) by a creature (BDSM-esque). You get a pretty good view of it for some seconds, twice. It is not censored at all. I am very surprised this was even allowed to be passed where any minor could see stuff like this.

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