In Treatment

 
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All 43 episodes of the series. Studio: Hbo Home Video Release Date: 03/24/2009 Rating: Nr

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  • excellent choice
    I haven't had the opportunity to see the whole season, but the shows that I have seen have been very well done, well planned, and the actors playing the characters couldn't have been chosen any better, specially I am fascinated by the performance of "Sophie", an interesting character that we can see dealing with the trauma of a bad marriage, and the twisted interpretation in her young mind, of the reasons why her father was not playing a more active role in her life. I congratulate the director, and wish we had more programs like this. The drama seen resembles many of our current issues, and we can learn throu the characters how to deal better with our realities. I am going to order the set, and keep it with the few shows that deserve watching more than once....more info
  • A Wake Up Call Series
    Wonderful, realistic series. Character Sophie was the best as a teenage gymnist in therapy! It's just so real and how often does anyone get the chance to view therapy in action? If anyone is on the fence about therapy, this may be the means to convince you to get some help. Even if you don't, this series makes you think about your emotional life, the feelings and issues we have in common. Can't wait to buy it!...more info
  • Addictive
    "In Treatment" is a beautiful work that was not given enough hype by HBO. The acting is all there is and it is beyond outstanding. The stories of the lives of the participants are realistic. It is very easy to know these people and yet, like real people, realize that they are very complex and you don't really know them at all. This series is addictive and I am going through withdrawal now that it is off the air. I want more....more info
  • Addicting!!
    As someone that is studying psychology, this show is amazing! One of my professors actually used this as material in class for us to put our tools to use. This series is extremely addicting! I watched all episodes in 4 days..love it!!! I can't wait to buy the season 2. ...more info
  • Addicting!!
    As someone that is studying psychology, this show is amazing! One of my professors actually used this as material in class for us to put our tools to use. This series is extremely addicting! I watched all episodes in 4 days..love it!!! I can't wait to buy the season 2. ...more info
  • I must say that this show is TREMENDOUS.
    and if it gets 10 awards, then I won't be AT ALL shocked. very thoughtful. the cast is EXCELLENT. not one of the characters that has been "in treatment" lacked good acting skills.

    the doctor is very intelligent and usually knows what he's after and how to get the current patients to open up...AND feel uncomfortable. he's on point with the questions and barely makes time to mess around.

    to be honest when i first heard of it and saw it on many times over, i skipped right over it hoping it'd fade from existence. but i didn't know how well put together the show actually was! its excellence can be seen from the get go.

    anyone who doesn't like this show is free to their opinion(s), but just so they know i'm -NOT- on their side!

    end note: watch it and prepare to be glued on this jubilantly-addictive psychological drama....more info
  • Shadow on the wall
    The series is thought provoking and very well acted. The characters express themselves credibly and draw you into their lives without effort. While sharing therapy with these patients, one is sure to find an issue which will strike home. ...more info
  • Incredible/Capitvating
    I was addicted to this series, I think every one can relate to one of the characters, whether or not they want to admit it.
    The show made you feel like you were a fly on the wall..,the actors wonderful and so believeable. I can't say enough good things about this show.
    I hope HBO picks this up for a 2nd season. ...more info
  • Reckless disregard of professional boundaries -- and of the realites of good therapy
    The glowing reviews above reflect wishful and distorted thinking. In my 22 years of therapy -- that's right, 22! -- I've thankfully never encountered a Paul Weston, and would have ditched him if I had. Weston's predictably banal responses to his patients could have been generated by computer. His reckless disregard for the boundaries of his profession are ludicrous at best, and dangerous at worst. Accepting an expensive gift from a patient -- the famous all-the-bells-and-whistles coffeemaker -- cheaply encodes the character's resistance. But it also irrevocably contaminates his therapy. The remaining clients fare as badly at Weston's hands -- for example, in the unchecked violence the couple display in Weston's office. Therapy is meant as a safe space, not as a danger zone. Rather multiply examples, of which there are many, I concede the show's single bright spot: Gina's scrupulous adherence to the canons Weston so flagrantly violates, and Dianne Wiest's brilliant evocation of a therapist who knows her business. This show's problem lies not in its acting, which is fine throughout, but in its overdrawn and needlessly melodramatic scripts. Interestingly, my psychologist agrees. But then, he sets and maintains boundaries. These frustrate the resistant client at times, but ultimately make for successful outcomes. Critical hoopla notwithstanding, the distressing portrayal of "treatment" makes this series one to avoid....more info
  • Brilliant, Just Brilliant!
    What an amazing program. The writing is brilliant as is the acting. But more importantly the over all quality of this series is something you NEVER see anymore. The thoughtful insightful details that went into this show, from the always present water theme to the overlapping and mirroring of the main character's issues is unheard of these days. What a gem of forethought artistic endeavor and outstanding acting. The actors are all a notch above anything I would have expected, even from HBO. These are some of the most memorable performances I've seen on the small screen in a long long time if not ever. So worth what ever it costs to have this in your library....more info
  • Realistic Portrayal of Therapy
    As a psychotherapist myself, it is rare that I see an accurate portrayal of a therapy session on television or in a movie. 'In Treatment' is that rarest of shows, a very accurate portrayal of a therapist and his patients. The therapist (Gabriel Byrne) grapples with all types of personal issues of his own as he tries to help his patients who often struggle with similar issues. Concerns like boundaries, limit setting, clinical supervision and acting out during session are all dealt with.

    Gabriel Byrne plays a very human and very caring therapist. The viewer is privy to his once a week sessions with 4 different patients plus his once a week session with his own therapist. We can see his emotional struggles as he tries to do the right thing in situations that are far from black and white. He seeks clinical supervision but his past baggage with his clinical supervisor, Gina, (Diane Wiest) often gets in the way.

    I was riveted by this program. You can call it a busman's holiday but I call it a fascinating show with a high interest plot and fine acting....more info
  • Classic drama, genius acting
    I just want to add a few thoughts to the mostly glowing reviews here. Brilliant conception, astoundingly smart and believable writing, and most of all, microscopically brilliant acting. The reason this series is as great as the very best HBO shows - including Sopranos, the Wire, Deadwood,etc.-- the ones that have broad visual canvasses lacking on the mostly one-room IN TREATMENT--is that you see as much going on visually on the actors' faces as you did in the striking settings (New Jersey lanscapes, bada bing, dusty Western saloons, dark brothel rooms, etc.) of those other shows.

    If Gabriel Byrne did not spend a decade in therapy it's hard to understand how he aced the mannerisms and expressions of psychotherapists. Byrne's face was as active just watching his patients talk as it was when he was talking and gesticulating. And oh, what gesticulating. Every single actor who played one of his patients was not just good but jaw-droppingly good. Layers and layers of thought and emotion, often ones contradicting each other at the same split second in time, can be gleaned off their faces. (All you have to do is watch them as closely as Byrne does.) Embeth Davidtz's arching eyebrows had so much attitude, her body language betrayed so much ache and anger beneath the words that were drenched in denial. Josh Charles peeled open his character over the eight weeks like delicate layers of onion. Blair Underwood's physical and attitudinal bluster was so believable that it was genuinely shocking when his confusion and heartbreak came pouring out toward the end. Michelle George as Laura was a revelation. Why isn't this woman a big-time movie star? As right for her character, the actress created a slippery sexuality at once seductive and suspicious; yet still, she managed to reveal a vulnerability perched right at the corner of manipulation and authentic pain. You could never make up your mind about her, which is exactly what was required by the story of this unnerving and unnervingly beautiful character. Dianne Weist couldn't have been more credible as a psychoanalyst if she herself had spent a decade in analytic training. But perhaps most astonishingly of all, Mia Wasikowska as Sophie, the teenage gymnast, created the most indelible of all the patient characters. Apparently without much prior acting experience, Wasikowska managed to embody all the contradictions of the most complexly written character on the show, and she brought dimensions beyond what was written. Her voice, her physicality, her minute facial expressions could not have been any more revealing even when her character was doing everything she could to hide her painful truths not only from Paul the therapist but from herself. How she pulled it off is a miracle of genius acting from a relative neophyte. The fact that she wasn't even nominated for an Emmy is bizarre. Who are these people doing the nominating? The NY TIMES did an article some weeks before announcement of the Emmy nominations calling for her nomination. You'd have to be blind, deaf, and certainly dumb not to have been dumbfounded by her performance. I guess she gets something of a last laugh; I just read that she was cast by Tim Burton as the lead in his upcoming version of "Alice in Wonderland." HE was certainly paying attention watching her perform IN TREATMENT.

    The direction and everything else was perfect, and the script, transmogrified somewhat from the Israeli version, was as layered and brilliant as the acting that fleshed it all out. So I am thrilled to have also just read that the series has been renewed. It is being filmed now, it seems, and will be aired sometime in 2009. Maybe that's why they delayed the release of the DVD of season one - wanting it out just as the second season begins.

    Don't miss this show; it's one for the ages, and I have a sense that it will become the humongous hit it deserves (I guess it was a moderate hit when first aired)when more people see the second season. ...more info
  • Insightful & Engaging
    We found In Treatment to be very engaging, thoughtful, deep, and insightful about how frustrating people can be....more info
  • Breaking New Ground For a TV Drama
    I have found this series spellbinding. I don't agree at all with reviews that say this is 'not real life'. I think it really delves into and exposes the relationships between men and women and the importance of every person's relationship with their parents. I say it is spellbinding. I don't deny that some of it is 'over the top'. Such as Alex delving into Paul's private life and Paul not kicking him out and refusing to treat him anymore. Alex acted psychotic. But besides some perhaps 'unreal' things about the series, it IS a Drama! We are Supposed to be interested!

    I think this drama succeeds on all kinds of levels: Acting, writing, complexity of characters,love, yearning, complexity of friendships. It does this Much More than most any TV drama has done so far. ...more info
  • Mesmerizing
    I sort of stumbled across this series quite recently when I got On Demand and HBO. This show is broad-ranged and entrancing. HBO was playing reruns, I think, of all the episodes in a row on one day. I would tape and then watch most of them in one evening.

    All of the actors are superb. The writing is impeccable. The stories are captivating.

    I can certainly see why this was a hit in Israel and why it continues to be one over here also....more info
  • Great series, really compelling; props to Glynn Turman
    This series consisted almost entirely of two-person dialogues that I found very compelling, particularly the insights Gabriel Byrne's psychologist character would uncover. Equally compelling were his confronting his own failings as a husband and father in his treatment sessions with a psychologist played by Dianne Wiest. Glynn Turman has one scene in this series that may contain the finest acting I've seen in a long, long time. Why isn't he getting bigger roles?...more info
  • High Class Soap
    A little uneven from one episode to the next, but overall an interesting and well-acted series. Needs to be taken a little at a time. Not a cliff-hanger or action type film--nearly all of it takes place in a psychiatrist's office. My overall impression is that it vacilates between a high class soap opera and a serious drama....more info
  • Highly recommended
    My husband is a therapist, and we both find this series highly compelling and fascinating to watch. This is an extremely well done production, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Can't wait for season 2 to come out on DVD next year! ...more info
  • Great stuff, great service. Only: I wasn't prepared to pay nearly 10 $ extra for customs.
    You couldn't but love him!! I realized I'm starting to talk like a shrink after watching the 9 dvds in a row...What annoyed me a bit was this made up love story with one of the patients, she's a dog. But watch it yourself!!...more info
  • Absolutely Perfect!
    As a psychiatrist, I firmly believe that this series is without equal in the history of film portrayal of the work of a therapist. Despite a few, trivial criticisms one could level at this production, the work as a whole transcends the limits of the therapeutic "hour" and just as vividly portrays our limitations while bringing absolute realism to what it is like to be "In Treatment" from a number of perspectives. Yes, therapy is a complex process fraught with pitfalls and misadventures, but it is also a process that can and often does liberate and free the human spirit from the chains and fetters of the dark forces and shadows that plague us all until the final release that occurs at journey's end for each of us. This is the most captivating and compelling series that I have ever seen on television. For anyone contemplating entering therapy or struggling while in therapy or has been in therapy or is thinking about becoming/already is a therapist, psychiatrist, psychologist, or any mental health professional, this series is an absolute must see....more info
  • Engrossing
    Fine example of great television plot structure. You can follow the large story arch's of each individual character or drop in for a single episode and still be engrossed in the story. This show is made for television and not dvd like so many other tv shows today. Thoroughly enjoyable, relies on good acting and good writing, not on gimmicks. ...more info
  • Amazon needs to update
    Good show, but Amazon needs to update. How is this preorder when I have owned this for the last 3 weeks? Great show, could not stand Laura though. So annoying, she was the only session I could not watch....more info
  • Very Well Done: In Treatment
    I purchased this season of In Treatment as I had heard from others that it was a pretty good program. I am a professional in this field and I wondered if the show would be a "hollywood" version of mental health and psychotherapy, as if often the case with shows in a particular field of professional practice. I am happy to say that the shows I have watched so far have been excellent. The characters, both patient and the therapist, are very well done, not over played, and at the same time, keep you hooked into the story and closely watching the artful interchange between patient and doctor. I would recommend this series for anyone interested in the fieldyearand for anyone who may prefer artful intellect over mindless action. I would not say the show if enough to get one to buy HBO, but it certainly warrants renting or buying the series a year later when it comes out....more info
  • In Treatment
    I was thrilled to receive IN TREATMENT from Amazon...so quickly. The packaging was so well done. And it was the best show I saw all last year. Gabriel Bryne is one of our finest actors. And now the new season has begun and I don't have to tape it...I know I'll be able to purchase the whole season from Amazon next year. Thank you.
    Helene James...more info
  • Incredible Serious. Downright Captivatingly Real.
    The palette this series uses to paint emotive, empathic, and richly textured profiles of real problems with people has an alluring and self-therapeutic effect. This sounds cheesy, but after a few episodes you grow and feel a kinship with the characters.

    I don't know how to describe how amazingly real this series is. As someone's not only studied therapy and psychology academically, but who has also been "in treatment" for over 100 hours, this is the closest thing to real thing. Byrne is exceptional. Wise, smooth, suave, composed, compassiaonte, and real. His supporting cast (the patients) are equally captivating. ...more info
  • The Bomb
    Television at it's best! Well acted, cheers to Diane & Gabriel. Click on your Amazon account and order this right now....more info
  • Very Well Done: In Treatment
    I purchased this season of In Treatment as I had heard from others that it was a pretty good program. I am a professional in this field and I wondered if the show would be a "hollywood" version of mental health and psychotherapy, as if often the case with shows in a particular field of professional practice. I am happy to say that the shows I have watched so far have been excellent. The characters, both patient and the therapist, are very well done, not over played, and at the same time, keep you hooked into the story and closely watching the artful interchange between patient and doctor. I would recommend this series for anyone interested in the fieldyearand for anyone who may prefer artful intellect over mindless action. I would not say the show if enough to get one to buy HBO, but it certainly warrants renting or buying the series a year later when it comes out....more info
  • A Show Where All The Action Takes Place Within The Human Heart
    I am obviously not reviewing the DVD set because, as of this writing, it has not come out- but I'd just like to make a few comments on the series I viewed on television.

    This is a powerful, deeply moving, intelligent, emotionally nuanced series. Consisting of nothing more than psychotherapy sessions between a cast of reoccuring characters, this show fills an important niche missing from most television: the richness, complexity, and heartbreak of the "emotional life."

    Are you tired of seeing thin, carbon-copied and cliched characters in movies and television shows? Then this is the perfect series for you, because here the whole point is to explore the inner lives of the characters.

    Does the the fact that this series focuses a great deal on the emotions of the characters mean that there is no "action?" Only if you define "action" as soley encompassing explosions or giant robot attacks.

    To me, however, there was more action in this show than almost any other I've seen: there was the complexity of coming to terms with the guilt of death, of a disintergrating marriage, of children torn between parents, of unrequieted love, of the intense pressures to be successful, of professional jealousy, of the quiet desperation of everyday life, and the pain and bravery of those trying to take control of their lives.

    The writing is really quite incredible. I was time and again rivited by the ways in which the story tellers captured and traced the emotionally raw and complex workings of the human heart- the tangled web which constitutes human relationships.

    Some detractors have said they find the characters "annoying:" these characters strike me as "real," for, in life, people are themselves complex and full of paradoxes, at times annoying but at others deeply sympathetic. I came to be involved with all the characters, and, in the end, they all suprised me, up until the very last episode.

    The acting is also superb. Gabriel Byrne (as the therapist "Paul") gives the performance of his lifetime, and Mia Wasikowska gives a star making performance as "Sophie," a troubled gymnast.

    This is a show for people who find themselves interested in the human mind and heart, particularly, in the complex ways in which we become entangled with our fellow human beings, and often punish ourselves, lie to ourselves, and hide from our own inner truths. What is the thrill of an asteroid threatening to destroy the Earth compared to the everyday struggle with such things as love, guilt, and the fear of facing another day on this planet.

    Truly, one of the great shows I have seen- original, thought provoking, powerfully acted, intelligently written, and as deep and as rich a portrait of the human soul as we're likely to ever get on television. ...more info
  • In Treatment
    This series is "over-the-top." It is a fascinating, spell-binding drama where the viewer is the "fly-on-the-wall" watching the relationships between therapist and client. Excellent writing and acting!!! Surely to win awards... ...more info
  • a great t.v show
    This is a great show, the performance of actor Gabriel Byrne is amazing, he really leads you into the world of psychotherapy... so this show turns to be a great tool for students of that subject and yet interesting and captivating for the whole audience....more info

 

 
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