In Treatment

HBO (ended 2010)



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In Treatment
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Paul, a psychotherapist played by Gabriel Byrne, is the picture of insightful perfection when dealing with his patients, but he becomes a raging ball of issues during his own therapy sessions. In Treatment is based on a successful Israeli television series and is produced by HBO, Closest to the Hole Productions and Leverage Management.

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    • This show was good once...

      I remember how much I liked this show when it came out, I don't know, maybe the first 10 episodes? Anyhow, man it's gotten really boring, really fast. Just has no direction or something... Somethings missing.
    • In Treatment looks at the life of a therapist and his patients capturing the emotion and pathos using a tight well written script, one-set format and highly skilled actors to deliver a superlative nightly performance. Brilliant.moreless

      Gabriel Byrne sits well in the therapist's chair as he dissects each of his patient's foibles and problems in a well cast, well written drama that holds the viewer wanting to know more about not only the players but also the process.

      It has helped me a great deal to appreciate the rigours of therapy and embrace some of the concepts. The power of the simple one-set format makes for compelling viewing and this is only achieved by the quality actors chosen for each role.

      In the Monday-Thursday cycle, Paul is us, asking the questions we ourselves want to ask and then we see him on Friday express his true feelings and reveal how much of himself is shown in the patient sessions when he himself is subject to the same process.

      The limitations of the tight office set mean that we are forever discovering more about Paul, his family and his patients and can compare his office to the sterile and almost mordant surroundings of Gina's rooms as if Paul has arrived to the morgue for dissection and analysis.

      I was surprised at how Paul finally reacted to his children in Ep31 , expressing irrational and hypocritical indignation to his daughter about her mother/his wife's behaviour, yet with his older son throwing himself on his sword regarding his own behaviour toward Laura. The subtlety of writing caught well how the naivety and innocence of the young, Paul's son and daughter, can reinterpret their view of reality in a different way to the older parents.

      This is a series you just cannot put down and one I sincerely hope will have many future series. The quality of each episode is so much better than anything that normally comes from America and I am pleased that this was scheduled by HBO and not NBC, ABC or Fox since it would have been cancelled without it breathing its first breath.

      As a UK resident we are spoiled by the quality of drama and yet this series sparkles with creativity and must-see-again drive that should ensure anyone who watches at least five episodes will be hooked. Yes, perhaps a TIVO type series, but one you can recommend to others and get personal emotional "take home pay" for the way people interact. Thank you HBO.moreless
    • About 7 years ago I asked myself what is wrong with television. I thought it was the central focus on action rather than characters, and I was partially right.

      I thought that the ideal TV series would be a series about characters that are not idealised, enlarged, or spiced up through action scenes, props, and fancy special effects. "In Treatment" is that series.

      Through this series I have discovered another dimension of character development, the vision of the subconscious mind it presents, that makes a whole bunch of other tv shows suddenly look 1-sided.

      When Paul explores why his patients feel the need to fight in a war, to have wild sex, or to act in an egoistic way, I am floored each time by how this process exceeds any addiction to sex, violence, and heroism so often leading modern television.

      "In Treatment" is groundbreaking in more than one way. I did find myself bored during about 2 episodes out of the 43 in season 1 - but I suspect that was due to me not expecting such a raw and uncompromisingly unique experience that this series allowed. I am concerned about Season 2 living up to the expectations that this season has set. I hope it will, and if it does, then "In Treatment" deserves an even higher score.moreless
    • A wonderful, highly interesting show with a quality that is unusual in television today. I hope we get to see a third season soon, as there isn't anything like it anywhere, and the show has loyal, devoted fans who would love to see more.moreless

      I started watching this show due to my interest in psychology and the great actors who were in it: Gabriel Byrne, Diane Whiest, Embeth Davitz, Melissa George. About 5 to 6 episodes into it I realized it was nothing like the television I was used to. The stage where the events take place is Paul's office, the camera switches between the patient and the therapist in a representation of a therapy session that is not only realistic, but almost real. The session is delivered to us in its full extent, while the events themselves are not the external, active incidents which occur in the patient's life but the impact these have on the patient's psyche. The emotional reactions, the hidden complexes, the changes and transformations the patient goes through, these are the real excitements in this show. Isn't it true for all of us? It's not what happens to us in itself that bears the importance, but the way we interpret it and the way we react to it. Paul plays an active part in provoking these changes in his patients. In fact he's a very good therapist! One that doesn't adopt a cold, detached attitude towards the person sitting opposite him, but gets involved and cares about what happens to them. On the other hand he doesn't tell them what they want to hear, nor does he indulge their reluctance to really face the problem. He forces them into it while at the same time he is sensitive to their needs and their ability to deal with it, estimating expertly the degree to which he should direct them into their problems.

      At the same time Paul has a messed up emotional and family life of his own, since his father, who was also a therapist, abandoned his mother when he was a child for one of his patients. The fact has colored Paul's life as well as his attitude towards his profession. He doesn't want to repeat his father's irresponsible decision. Laura, a charming and troubled patient of his, complicates things when she states she is in love with him. His marriage is crumbling due to his wife, Kate, feeling utterly neglected. The interesting thing is that we learn all this through the sessions and some furtive moments before and after them, that take place in Paul's house. Instead of force-feeding the information to us, the show gradually lets us form our own impression of the facts, and draw our own conclusions from them. Not unlike how therapy works actually. I think the strongest characteristic of this show is the way it is presented, direct, immediate and real, allowing the viewer to fully participate in the process as if it were their own therapy session. Gabriel Byrne portrays Paul wonderfully, and that goes for all the other actors as well, everyone does their best to create realistic characters we can empathize with and understand. It's more real and relevant than anything I've seen in television for years, and I honestly don't understand why it stopped. Fingers crossed for a next season!moreless
    • Excelente

      Aqui está um trabalho com uma qualidade que não aparece com muita frequência.

      Um texto inteligente e muito bem estruturado, excelentes actores, cenários coerentes. O realismo das histórias pessoais de cada personagem é empolgante e cria um ambiente de intimidade entre espectador e personagem.

      Certamente muitos expectadores reveêm-se nas histórias ou parte delas.

      Até a duração dos episódios é perfeita. A intencidade da interpretação é tal que parece ter o dobro da duração. Se os episódios fossem mais longos acho que ninguém aguentava até ao fim sem ter um colapso nervoso. (É o meu acaso.)

      Espero que algum canal de Tv português tenha a iluminação de comprar esta série. Mas se o fizer, o mais certo é ir para um horário tão estranho que poucos conseguirão assistir.moreless

    More Info About This Show




    Psychological, secrets and lies, Family Dramas, slow dialogue, gritty cinematography