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Parents' Guide to

The Patient

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Twisty, creepy drama focuses on complicated therapeutic duo.

TV FX Drama 2022
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

Interesting take but disturbing and hopeless

I found this show depressing in a hopeless Handmaid's Tale way. The serial killer strangles his victims and that is shown several times. The scene where he looks at the porn website shows a home page with a bunch of thumbnail video choices but he doesn't click on any of it. The options are shown twice and then he types in "big t*ts" and the scene ends. He also drinks gigantic dunkin donuts coffees to a point of distraction.
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

As a two-hander drama between two powerful actors, this series is a marvel, and each episode and the whole season itself is just long enough to spool out the dramatic premise. Steve Carell is, as fans already know, a remarkably sympathetic actor, and is his role as a therapist seems so thoughtful and reassuring that there are moments when the interaction between his character and Gleeson's Sam appears to be bearing fruit, mental health-wise. Of course, there's the small hitch that Sam has Alan imprisoned in his basement…and already has his next victim picked out.

One thing that's surprising about The Patient is the sheer amount of dark humor: Sam's obsessed with good food, and he's infectiously enthusiastic as he describes the rarified morsels he brings to his prisoner. As the tone seesaws between the lighter moments and the ones in which we see the menace behind Sam's charm, scenes in which Alan contemplates his troubled past with son Ezra (Andrew Leeds) and late wife Beth (Laura Niemi) are something of a relief. Given the escalating consequences in each episode of The Patient, and the time bomb built into the premise, don't expect that relief to last.

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