The Act: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
The Act

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 38


Audience Score

User Ratings: 349
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Air date: Mar 20, 2019
Air date: Mar 20, 2019
Air date: Mar 27, 2019
Air date: Apr 3, 2019
Air date: Apr 10, 2019
Air date: Apr 17, 2019
Air date: Apr 24, 2019
Air date: May 1, 2019

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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.


Patricia Arquette
as Dee Dee Blanchard
Joey King
as Gypsy Blanchard

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Critic Reviews for The Act Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14)

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…
Top Critic

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…

Unsettling take on the fantastic story that ended in tragedy. The Act is a fine piece of true crime that won't be forgotten any time soon. [Full review in Spanish].

Jul 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Act works as an absorbing, well-paced drama.

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

'The Act' is disturbing, it is hard to see, it is addictive and it is done with a very good hand. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I have no doubt that when you reach the end of this season, you may not be able to stomach much more, but I hope Hulu keeps the stories coming.

May 24, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Act may be too much for some viewers to handle, but it's a masterwork in true crime storytelling and one of the most exciting new additions to Hulu's library.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Dark, toxic mother-daughter tale is based on a true story.

Mar 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

But what do we really learn about human nature, apart from: some people are weird? 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.

Jul 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Perhaps more than a study of true crime, The Act is a show about the fierce attachment between mothers and daughters, gone horribly wrong.

Mar 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The Act never quite went too far for me, as it kept finding new angles on its very difficult-to-watch story.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Act: Season 1

  • Sep 27, 2019
    The Act depicts the true story with such a chilling and haunting flair. This series is clearly not afraid to be bold and open about the subject matter of child abuse and mental illness. Joey King and Patricia Arquette's portrayal of the two main characters, Gypsy Rose and her mother Dee-Dee, display the portrait of an abusive relationship so accurately. If you're looking for a series that will send chills down your spine, this series will definitely be a good fit.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Characters and the acting were phenomenal. The portrayal of their lives and the case seemed very accurate. They did a great job.
  • Aug 21, 2019
    Breathtaking performances by the entire cast.
  • Aug 20, 2019
    Great acting, story, and tension building. I was hooked the entire season and binged in one day. Definitely deserves an Emmy!
  • Aug 11, 2019
    The majority was hard to watch and causes all sorts of emotions; in a good way. It is a must-see series. I was hooked from the first episode onwards. However, I do wish the series would have explored more about the mental health side. It was more of an off handed ‘this is what I have and that's that'.
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Im your classic white girl so i love a good crime/documentary. I was fascinated with gypsy's story and im so impressed by her actress in the show.
  • Jul 22, 2019
    "The Act" is a first-rate and effective miniseries from Hulu. This show got under my skin from the getgo. Its stranger than fiction story is hard to watch at times but I was engaged throughout. The show is powered by excellent performances from Joey King and Patricia Arquette. These two actresses worked well together and truly became their bizarre characters. The show does start to drag at times as the craziest events in the story happen near the beginning and end but I was always on edge because Arquette was so menacing and her character could do anything at any time. If you are fascinated by true crime stories, this series is definitely a solid one worth checking out.
  • May 26, 2019
    I absolutely loved this series, I have actually watched it more than once. The characters are so complex. I feel like Joey King really plays the Gypsy Rose we should see. in this. I am a true crime junkie and I definitely loved this series.
  • May 21, 2019
    Gypsy Rose Blanchard's story is absolutely WILD! I'll be honest, I know the story is being exaggerated for storytelling purposes...but if it's close to the truth, man so crazy. I am conflicted with how I feel about everything. What I do know though is that the story is definitely one worth watching, some episodes drag a little, but the overall story is disturbingly addictive.
  • May 20, 2019
    A great series. Would definitely recommend!

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