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In Treatment

An HBO original series

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Good drama = bad therapy

  • Apr 8, 2009
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What is it with HBO making shows that totally go against my moral and ethical standards, yet draw me in so completely that I sit and watch episodes for hours on end?

In Treatment has a very weird concept- at least 90% of the show takes place within the confines of a therapy appointment. On Sunday nights, we watch two individual therapy appointments. On Monday- three. The main character, and the one who ties the entire show together, is Paul- our therapist. The problem here is that in good therapy we really wouldn't find out much about the therapist. Not on this show...

In Season 1 Paul fell in love with a patient and actually LET HER KNOW while encouraging her transferance issues that led her to believe she was in love with him too. When a child talked about being sexually abused by TWO different adults, Paul actually discusses the fact that he NEVER REPORTED IT. Um. Hello? Mandated reporter. He physically assaulted another patient. He ruins his own therapy by choosing a friend to serve as his marriage therapist.

But that's what makes a good drama, isn't it? Love, hate, cheating, lying.... I just worry for the people who probably need therapy who will be scared off by In Treatment. Or, as my Psy. D. candidate friend said, "I'm scared for the therapists of the people who WANT therapy BECAUSE of that show!"

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August 05, 2011
Although I adore this program, your assertions are inarguable. Paul's professional failings are numerous, yet not inconceivable - especially well-crafted dramatic contrivances for our consumption!
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review by . November 08, 2010
In Treatment Season 2 is a wonderful continuation of a series that completely grips me. As soon as I watched the first episode, I was compelled to watch the entire season to the end. Although comprised of fictional characters, I feel like I'm truly peering into the private sessions of patients that are dealing with difficult issues such as cancer, divorce, old age and the meaning of life. Much more real than the Reality TV we see every day.     The acting in the series is sublime. …
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Adapted from a popular Israeli series, the show follows psychoanalyst Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne, who won a Golden Globe® for his role) through his week, capturing sessions with his patients.

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