A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The doctor/patient boundaries are definitely blurred here, and the results are not positive.
Positive Role Models
The main character is a sociopath who toys with human beings for her own needs.
Violence & Scariness
Discussions about becoming suicidal over an ex.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about infidelity. Sex scenes include partial nudity. Discussion of a child's gender identity being a problem at school.
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"F--k," "s--t," "dammit" used often throughout.
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Products & Purchases
Alcohol brands mentioned and seen on-screen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pervasive social drinking, discussions of types of alcohol (including hard liquor), use (perhaps misuse) of Clonezapam. Main character gets drunk at a social party, asks husband to take her to the train so she can go into the city. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gypsy explores the powerful effect of the unconscious mind through the life of a troubled psychotherapist. Dr. Jean Holloway (Naomi Watts) has a seemingly normal life but a hidden drive to secretly mess with her patients' lives. Holloway seems to be the perfect therapist when she's in the office, but she has "raw, dark, and deeply shameful" desires that drive her to do things that are most definitely not within the boundaries of professional ethics. There's sex with partial nudity (bare breasts) and lots of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," and "dammit." Expect lots of social drinking, prescription drug use/abuse, and some cigarette smoking.
Is It Any Good?
The what-will-happen-next tension that's at the heart of this show's storyline isn't enough to cover the show's flat emotional vibe. Gypsy's Dr. Jean Holloway is the most common sociopathic character. On the surface, she's a perfectly appropriate, dressing-on-the-side kind of woman, wife, mom, and professional. But the deep, dark reality of who she is seeps out after hours. The problem is, so what? There seems to be no conflict of conscience in Jean, no internal struggle in which she questions herself. She just goes full throttle into bad behavior with seemingly no regret. Why should viewers care about a sociopath who doesn't care about anything?
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