The Act (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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  • Sep 20, 2022
    Oh my god Patricia Arquette, don't you think people have seen Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire? Arquette doesn't attempt a true southern accent but an imitation of a British actress feigning a southern accent, down to the sing song cadence and "oh"' sounds punctuating throughout. Aping this odd southern accent is so distracting it's almost unlistenable. The rest of the story and actors are really good! Joey King captures Gypsy's women trapped in a child's life. Made me think about how Gypsy's strange and isolated "world" skewed her perspective and decision-making. Chloe Sevigny, Juliet Lewis, and Margo Martindale give excellent performances.
  • Sep 05, 2022
    I loved this series, first of all, because I think that this particular case is very interesting! Secondly, King's and Arquette's performances are top-tier. Seriously. What a PERFORMANCE! I believe the drama was well directed and it was enough to keep you very entertained. I enjoyed it very much.
  • Jul 20, 2022
    La trama esta muy bien estructurada, es un drama muy denso y difícil de digerir por todas las emociones que te hace sentir pero que aun así no puedes dejar de ver y, es que al saber que esta basada en hechos reales, capitulo a capitulo te genera esa pregunta interna de ¿Cómo es posible que esto pase? e incluso un dilema moral sobre los hechos. Las actuaciones tanto de Patricia Arquette como de Joey King son increíbles.
  • Mar 03, 2022
    WOW!!!!!!! I honestly have no words for this show! I came up watching it completely blind, barely knew what it was about but it's so well made!
  • Nov 28, 2021
    Creepy and sad, but ultimately very compelling and very well made. The acting by Patricia Arquette, Joey King, and Calum Worthy is especially good.
  • 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.

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