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GYPSY
June 30, 2017  | By David Bianculli

Netflix, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: Naomi Watts, who’s also seen currently on Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return, stars in Netflix’s latest series, playing a therapist who gets very invested in the lives of her patients – too involved. As Season 1, which drops today on Netflix, opens, for example, her Jean Holloway becomes so fascinated by a patient’s description of his former lover, a woman with such sexual magnetism and freewheeling energy that he can’t forget her, that Jean begins visiting the woman at the coffeehouse where she works. Jean adopts a different name and, as she begins interacting with this other woman, a different persona. Gypsy wants to be HBO’s In Treatment – or, at least, a more dramatic version of the Natalie Wood comedy Penelope, where she played a woman so fascinating her therapist became obsessed with her. But for a show built around obsession, and built around Watts, Gypsy is disappointingly bland and uninvolving. Its plot and star may hold you for an episode or two, but beyond that, you might want to start seeing another therapist. It’s not you. It’s her.

 
 
 
 
 
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