The Act: Season 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Mar 20, 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 (34) | Top Critics (13)

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 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…

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…

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…

Every bit as engaging as it is disturbing, the true crime character study is anchored by two masterful performances from leads Patricia Arquette and Joey King.

Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The story here... just drags on where a quicker pace would clearly be more effective in a journey where the destination is already determined.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Act: Season 1

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.

A great series. Would definitely recommend!

This series was amazing. The actors were very actuate for portraying this story. The only downside about it, is the ending. It was boring and not as incredible like the rest of the series. I really wish they cut to the real Gypsy or something less like a cliff hanger. Just having end credits telling the rest of the story wasn't the best choice but it didn't completely ruin the show.

Both sad and entertaining.

I have watched it all and it was amazing. I really hope that they make a season 2!!!!!!!

Amazing performance by the actresses! Great script, terrifying and disturbing. They succeed to show the dynamics between a child and her manipulating sick mother.

Incredible Story perfectly explains. Joey King is just an amazing actress

Great docu-series Patricia Arquette and Joey King are so believable. I wanted to strangle the mother myself. I couldn't believe what she put her daughter through. Im so glad my son subscribe to hulu. I had to watch the documentary to really see it to believe it. Joey King sounds just like the real gypsy. Everyone should see this!

That true story series on Hulu is a best! It's way better than Lifetime's worst lamest movie. Joey King is a best! 1,000% greatest Hulu's series in the world!

really cheap tacky acting. this is a true story but they made it cartoon-ish and silly, almost like a parody. it really glosses over the true story and glamorizes it. and I'm not one to think that of a true crime series, but gypsy was not only the perpetrator, she was also very much a victim too.

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