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: 49

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Air date: Mar 20, 2019

Doting mother Dee Dee Blanchard and her sweet daughter Gypsy arrive in a new neighborhood, where Gypsy feels lonely due to a barrage of medical issues, 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 event Gypsy has a dental emergency that gets the attention of a skeptical doctor who could expose 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 complicate their insular relationship; Gypsy is starting to question the lies her mother tells her -- especially abut 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; 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'll be pushed to make an extreme choice in order to be together.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2019

While Gypsy and Nick are on the run, 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

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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Cast & Crew

Patricia Arquette
Dee Dee Blanchard

Actor
Joey King
Gypsy Blanchard

Actor
Chloë Sevigny
Mel

Actor
AnnaSophia Robb
Lacey

Actor
Calum Worthy
Nick

Actor
Michelle Dean
Executive Producer
Nick Antosca
Executive Producer
Greg Shephard
Executive Producer
Britton Rizzio
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Act: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Act: Season 1

  • Apr 21, 2021
    The acting in this production is unbelievable, people who have seen the documentaries and/or interviews know how much work was put into portraying the way the real people spoke, acted, moved accurately. It's a good dramatization of the events that took place, except for one character: Nick. I don't know if the goal was to make him more likeable, but they wrote the character in a way that many pieces of vital information were left out, so I do recommend watching the documentary and interviews as well - if, of course, you're interested in getting your facts straight. It's a good TV show overall.
  • Jan 09, 2021
    I am only on episode 5 and I am already in awe. The Act is an disturbing but yet heart-racing work of television art that is perfect for drama and true crime fans. Other than the amazing replication of the true story of Gypsy and Dee-Dee Blanchard, the casting is simply phenomenal. Joey King and Patricia Arquette not only performed the mother and daughter role perfectly, but you could think that they were actually Gypsy and Dee-Dee.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    Despite accurate performances from Joey King and Patricia Arquette deftly translating a real-life case into high drama, the repetitive and lenghty plot somehow overshadows its players.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    Mix an extreme but not unusual Munchaussen by proxy mother-daughter situation and a couple chapters of The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother(1972) by Gabriel Garcia Marqués nobel prize and Voila! You will find "The Act" , an asphyxiating Tv Show based on real events.
  • 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.

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