• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 28, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 8
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. The writing is forced and thin, some of the acting stagey, most of the characters unlikable and - the show-killer quality that HBO execs apparently failed to see--profoundly boring.
  2. You get out what you put into it--even in the episodes that are weaker, I was rarely bored--and it's a consistent scripted oasis in a sea of shows where people take lie detector tests on camera.
  3. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    Paul Weston's (Byrne) nonadventures straddle the realms of the scarcely credible and the incredibly boring.
  4. 100
    In Treatment is exhilarating.
  5. In Treatment feels neither soapy nor formulaic, because of the intensity with which it's presented.
  6. 75
    Some half-hour segments work spectacularly well and some don't. Like real life, I guess. But even the ones that don't work so well are very interesting.
  7. It all makes for lots of great soapy intrigue, and Byrne makes you believe he can solve everyone's problems. Except his own.
  8. Its capacity to maintain an unyielding grip on your attention becomes similarly evident fast, as does one's strong sense that that grip isn't going to weaken anytime soon.
  9. 80
    If you like shrink-oriented, smartly written TV, In Treatment (Monday-Friday, 8:30 p.m., HBO) just might get you through the next few weeks with your sanity intact.
  10. Cleverly conceived, it boasts a star-studded cast (Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Blair Underwood) who achieve, at times, theatrical transcendence.
  11. This show is smart and rigorous, with a concentration that bores deep without growing dull.
  12. 80
    It isn't high literature nor even perhaps high television, but In Treatment does have a welcome, and occasionally riveting, pulpy streak, perhaps inevitable with its promise of peeks behind doors that usually remain closed.
  13. 80
    If you've been wondering about the art of series-TV writing, and how potent and resonant it truly can be, you need look no further than HBO's extraordinary new In Treatment.
  14. The performances of the players are so uniformly terrific that you could do worse than to bring these deeply flawed characters into your living room on a regular basis, as this is a series for which TiVo was invented if ever there was one.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    Like a series of one-act two-handers--stage plays where just a pair of actors face off--this sneaky little gem steadily strips away its therapy patients' emotional defenses and excuses, exposing the raw fears and paralyzing reactions beneath.
  16. 70
    Oddly enough, as much as I like In Treatment and its theatrically deft interplays, it doesn't get off to a great start with its Monday patient.
  17. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    The writing is uniformly strong and Byrne excellent not only at reading Paul's dialogue but conveying what he's withholding--his true feelings about his patients, his inner turmoil over his disintegrating home life. But the storylines vary wildly from riveting to tedious.
  18. 70
    The first episode of this show will probably make you roll your eyes and beg the gods for mercy. Don't give up, though, because In Treatment is sharp and unique and worth the effort.
  19. Though I took a strong dislike to tonight's patient, Laura--and was more than casually interested in no one but Wednesday's patient, Sophie--I've somehow made it through 23 episodes so far, and found something in each that advances the storyline.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    In Treatment's intensity does build as the weeks progress, but it's never completely absorbing, and you wonder how many viewers will commit to such a demanding regimen even with multiple plays to catch up on missed half-hours.
  21. 40
    The gimmick's in the scheduling of this tediously claustrophobic though sometimes searing half-hour drama, set almost entirely in a psychotherapist's office.
  22. 40
    In Treatment, while offering viewers a seemingly intimate look at this process, doesn't capture the emotional mise en scène: the characters on the show have all too easy a time expressing themselves, and the element of suspense is mostly absent.
  23. It's an engaging series that's definitely worth at least a trial spin.
  24. In Treatment is fascinating TV, but it's not a pleasant experience. Watching these therapy sessions is akin to eating your TV broccoli.
  25. 50
    Even at its sporadic best, In Treatment comes across as no more than an actor's exercise, one likely to be best remembered for providing future acting students with a large supply of two-character scenes for class projects.
  26. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 15, 2010
    88
    Gabriel Byrne plays the part flawlessly, and he's up against tow especially rewarding talents. [1 Nov 2010, p.42]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 183
  1. Jul 7, 2015
    7
    Overall well constructed and well played. Unfortunately though the characters are either uninteresting (Laura, Amy, Jake almost until the veryOverall well constructed and well played. Unfortunately though the characters are either uninteresting (Laura, Amy, Jake almost until the very end) or annoying (Laura, Amy, Sophie during the first episodes, Alex almost until the end, Jake almost until the very end). Paul's session with Gina are excruciatingly boring (except the couple sessions). Still an appreciable attempt: it's not easy to construct a series that is watchable although it has no action at all! Full Review »
  2. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    30 episodes (no pun) in and I am addicted (pun). As a chartered psychologist but not clinically orientated. It is drawing me towards the dark30 episodes (no pun) in and I am addicted (pun). As a chartered psychologist but not clinically orientated. It is drawing me towards the dark side (pun). I hope clinical practice is this interesting (no pun). Full Review »
  3. Nov 3, 2010
    9
    This show surprised me greatly. I never thought a show about a therapist and his patients could hold my attention for 5 days a week but thisThis show surprised me greatly. I never thought a show about a therapist and his patients could hold my attention for 5 days a week but this show did just that. It is incredibly entertaining and many of the issues are issues we all face and the show manages to resonate into people. It's pure genius and the cast, like most HBO productions, is top notch. Full Review »