Netflix's Gypsy Review: 2 Ups And 6 Downs

Who knew therapy could be so dull.

Gypsy Naomi Watts

Naomi Watt's TV revival of 2017 continues with Gypsy, Netflix's new psychological drama where the actress stars as a therapist leading a double life.

As Jean Holloway she's the suburban wife and mother, whose idea of a good time is drinking wine and talking with her family and friends. As Diane Hart she pretends to be a journalist in order to have an affair with Sidney, a barista, who's also a singer in a band. Her drink of choice is then bourbon. With time these two worlds collide, creating an utter mess not only of the therapist's life, but more so of the show itself.

Written by the inexperienced Lisa Rubin, the show was accepted by Netflix even before some notable names were attached to it. Sam Taylor-Johnson, notorious for directing Fifty Shades of Grey, executive-produced the series and directed two episodes. Naomi Watts is also among the executive producers of the series and she's the one who took the biggest gamble on the show, as she's also playing the main character.

On paper the show has some subversive potential. With such a big name attached to the series, it was evident that it would garner attention. Although, to be honest, the show would be better served without it.


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