Gypsy (TV series)
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|Created by||Lisa Rubin|
|Opening theme||"Gypsy" by Stevie Nicks|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||New York City, New York, USA|
|Running time||46–58 minutes|
|Original release||June 30, 2017|
Gypsy is an American psychological thriller streaming television series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts stars as Jean Holloway, a psychologist who secretly infiltrates the private lives of her patients. Billy Crudup co-stars as her husband Michael. The first season comprises 10 episodes and was released on June 30, 2017.
In February 2016, Sam Taylor-Johnson was announced as the director for the first two episodes of the series, in addition to an executive producer. Moreover, Lisa Rubin serves as executive producer and showrunner.
- Naomi Watts as Jean Holloway, PhD, a clinical psychologist based in New York City, who oversteps personal and professional boundaries as she begins to develop relationships with people close to her patients, under the alias Diane Hart.
- Billy Crudup as Michael Holloway, Jean's husband and a partner at Cooper, Woolf & Stein.
- Sophie Cookson as Sidney Pierce, a manipulative, attractive woman who is a member of a band, The Vagabond Hotel; she also works as a barista, is Sam's ex-girlfriend, and lusts for Jean.
- Karl Glusman as Sam Duffy, a young man failing to move on from a break-up with his ex-girlfriend, Sidney. He is one of Jean's patients.
- Poorna Jagannathan as Larin Inamdar, a divorced therapist, and Jean's best friend and colleague.
- Brooke Bloom as Rebecca Rogers, Claire's estranged daughter.
- Lucy Boynton as Allison Adams, a former college student who is addicted to drugs and is one of Jean's patients.
- Melanie Liburd as Alexis Wright, Michael's personal assistant (PA), whom Jean distrusts.
- Brenda Vaccaro as Claire Rogers, a neurotic older woman (and mother of Rebecca) who is obsessed about her adult daughter's life choices and is a patient of Jean's.
- Kimberly Quinn as Holly Faitelson
- Edward Akrout as Zal
- Blythe Danner as Nancy, Jean's mother
- Frank Deal as Gary Levine
- Shiloh Fernandez as Tom
- Evan Hoyt Thompson as Frances
- Maren Heary as Dolly Holloway
- Vardaan Arora as Raj. Naren Weiss was originally cast in the role, but had to drop out as he was not a member of SAG-AFTRA at the time.
- Erin Neufer as Emily
- Kerry Condon as Melissa Saugraves
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"The Rabbit Hole"||Sam Taylor-Johnson||Lisa Rubin||June 30, 2017|
|Jean is a therapist, who is married and has a daughter. She purposefully inserts herself into her patients' lives and lies to her husband about where she is while doing this. Jean has been counselling one patient about his ex, Sidney, and we see Jean seeking her out in the coffee shop where Sidney works. She tells Sidney her name is Diane and lies about her occupation, and they bond at one of Sidney's concerts. Jean has other patients, Claire, a mother who desperately wants to reunite with her daughter, Rebecca, and a drug-addict, Allison.|
|2||"Morgan Stop"||Sam Taylor-Johnson||Lisa Rubin||June 30, 2017|
|Jean is trying to navigate her new and risky relationship with Sidney with her parental duties, much to her chagrin. Meanwhile, a previous patient of Jean's, Melissa, is in the hospital making dangerous accusations about Jean and what she did to her life. Michael and his receptionist Alexis navigate a strange relationship. Claire has been bothering Jean and interrupting her life as she grows more and more needy and desperate to maintain contact or make progress with Rebecca. Jean later meets up at a concert show for Sidney where her daughter, Dolly, contacts her forcing her to rush home so Sidney does not find out the truth about Jean. Jean rushes home where she and Michael connect, him unaware of her night's activities.|
|3||"Driftwood Lane"||Scott Winant||Story by : Jessica Mecklenburg|
Teleplay by : Jessica Mecklenburg & Lisa Rubin
|June 30, 2017|
|Jean is trying to save her troubled relationship with Michael by having rough sex and wanting to go on a date in the city with him. Jean also is attempting to throw Dolly a birthday party while navigating her relationship with her fellow moms who she does not like. Dolly cuts her hair to look more like herself, as she feels she is more like a boy. In a flashback, Jean sees her mother with a new engagement ring, and in another flashback/dream mix, Sidney and her mother warn Jean that everyone is scared to be alone. This inspires Jean to check on Allison. Alexis shows up at Dolly's party making everyone uncomfortable. The party ends where Michael yells at Jean, telling her she made the party about herself and not about Dolly. Jean feels she is treated like she's invisible in her home. Fed up with Michael and her life, she storms off and leaves the house in the middle of the night that night.|
|4||"309"||Scott Winant||Story by : Jonathan Caren|
Teleplay by : Jonathan Caren & Lisa Rubin
|June 30, 2017|
|Jean spends more time with Sidney while also trying to still navigate a falling relationship with Michael. Sidney shares with "Diane" that she's always had a thing for older women, upsetting her. To help her sessions with Claire, Jean tracks down Rebecca and talks to her about her mother and tries to encourage Rebecca to talk to her mother. In a session, Claire shares she is worried about Rebecca who is now living with a "community". Michael grows suspicious about where Jean continues to run off to. We learn Melissa took up arson, naming Jean as a motive. Sidney wants Jean and Sam to both meet at an event she invites them to. Jean later rescues Allison from an abusive relationship and proceeds to enter an apartment she has a key to that is not hers.|
|5||"The Commune"||Alik Sakharov||Sean Jablonski||June 30, 2017|
|Jean gets more into her patients lives, by acting as Sidney during meetings with Sam and taking Allison to an AA meeting; something she is uneasy about. Sam meets an ex of his, Emily, while out with friends one night, prompting him to move on from Sidney. Michael begins to grow suspicious of Jean after she refuses to let him see her phone and Sidney and Jean face off with Sidney telling "Diane" she is scared and "Diane" telling Sidney that she manipulates people. Jean later attends Rebecca's community meeting where she bonds and opens herself up by taking a new outlook on life. Michael spends the night with some friends, which makes him realize he does not want to get a divorce. Jean's new outlook on life prompts her to find Sidney and passionately kiss her, however, Larin spots her as she desperately tries to run away. Michael tells Jean he wants to work on their marriage and that he wants to go on a vacation.|
|6||"Vagabond Hotel"||Alik Sakharov||Story by : Sneha Koorse|
Teleplay by : Sneha Koorse & Lisa Rubin
|June 30, 2017|
|Jean and Michael spend a night together at a hotel, which goes well. Michael heads back to work but Jean invites Sidney. Michael tells Alexis that they have to go on a trip to Texas for work, she is happy about doing so. Sidney takes Jean to break into Sam's house where they steal Sam's dog and Jean is horrified to find a gun. Jean is spotted by a neighbor on their way out. Sam later tells Jean this and that he is going to start dating Emily. Allison visits Jean with her abusive boyfriend, Tom, where Jean only makes their relationship worse. Jean and Sidney are later out when Jean collapses and passes out, having been drugged by Tom.|
|7||"Euphoria"||Victoria Mahoney||Lisa Rubin||June 30, 2017|
|Jean and Sidney spend a weekend at a hotel together where Jean wants to learn more about Sidney, while Sidney only wants sex. Michael spends the weekend at a work conference with Alexis, where they discuss Michael's struggling marriage and he mentions he wishes it was better than it was and complains to Alexis about Jean. Jean and Sidney later get high, where Jean has a troubling experience and starts to question what Sidney wants from her and if she still is in love with Sam. She later deletes Sam's number and messages from Sidney's phone. Alexis pressures Michael to give in to their desire and have sex, but he cannot; while Jean and Sidney finally have sex, leaving Jean feeling like she is a new person.|
|8||"Marfa"||Victoria Mahoney||Jonathan Caren & Lisa Rubin||June 30, 2017|
|Sidney has been growing suspicious of Jean, wanting to know more about who she is and herself. Jean is later horrified to learn from Claire that Rebecca wants to have a session with her, so she sets out to stop it. Michael and Alexis face trouble after he is questioned by his boss if he and Alexis had sex the previous weekend. Larin questions Jean's increasingly distant behavior and berates the person she has become. Sam tells Jean about his relationship with Emily and their sex life, when Jean begins asking more and more deep and violating questions about his sex with Sidney. "Diane" visits Rebecca and convinces her not to meet with her mother and to cut Claire off. Scott tells Michael that Alexis wants the office to know she loves him. Jean puts Allison in "Diane"'s apartment and she finds and begins to listen to tapes Jean has. Michael and Sidney meet when he goes to the coffee shop to buy Jean coffee, alarming Jean. Sidney uploads a photo of herself and Jean to social media, after promising not to. Jean reignites her sex life with Michael by using techniques Sam used on Sidney and tells him to never go to her coffee shop again.|
|9||"Neverland"||Coky Giedroyc||Sean Jablonksi & Jessica Mecklenburg||June 30, 2017|
|Allison's mom shows up at Jean's office, saying she has not seen or heard from Allison in days. She also reveals that Allison lives with her, she is in perfect health, that Allison is supposed to be there four times a week, and she doesn't know who Allison's boyfriend is. Jean is shocked and refuses to offer any details to her mother; Jean later lies to her colleagues about what Allison's mother was doing there, but they really do not buy it. Jean meets with a doctor about Dolly's ADHD who prescribes Dolly medicine that Jean wants just to straighten out Dolly's gender issues. Sam tells Jean he thinks she keeps pushing Sidney on him so she can continue to control him, so he tells her their sessions are over. Michael confronts Alexis about starting the rumor about them in Texas and tells her he does have feelings for her, but he is still mad at her. Nancy comes to visit and bothers Jean which causes her to cut Dolly's hair to bother Nancy. Sidney nervously tells Jean that Sam is engaged to Emily and that she is afraid everyone in her life is leaving her, including Jean who won't tell her about her life. Jean calls Sam and asks to meet. Before Dolly's play, Jean gets a call from an unknown number but does not answer it. At the end of the play, Jean hears a voicemail from a frantic Allison begging her to quickly call her back before she gets a call from Gary who tells her that Allison is missing.|
|10||"Black Barn"||Coky Giedroyc||Lisa Rubin||June 30, 2017|
|Jean is questioned by Detective Kelly on what happened to Allison. She tries to lie and not give him her patient notes, but can't, so she does and directs him to Tom as the suspect. Sidney is at Jean's apartment with her where she finds some drugs, belonging to Allison. Jean intends to give an anti-bullying speech at Dolly's school. Jean convinces Sidney to go to Sam's engagement party and later sends her some of Alexis' work, pretending it is "Diane"'s. Sidney finds that it is really Alexis' work and goes to confront Alexis about it, where she finds a picture of Jean on Michael's desk. Michael does not like this and is mad about Jean's lying, which leads him to try to have an affair with Alexis, who tells him she is seeing someone already. He confronts Jean about her lying, and she in return reveals she kept 309. This sets him off and he questions if Jean is really crazy and that if she manipulated Melissa into burning down her house. Back in 309, Jean pulls out newspapers of Melissa being arrested and proceeds to put on an old bracelet. The next day she visits Melissa and reveals she never took the bracelet off and an initially mad Melissa embraces her. Jean makes Sam come back in for another appointment where she manipulates him into thinking that he really only wants Sidney, something she helped to do by going to his engagement party. Michael visits 309 and deduces there were two people there. Kelly moves on from Tim as a suspect and tells Jean he'll be checking out 309. Jean cleans all the evidence of her being there, but leaves a picture of her mother that Kelly finds. Before Jean's speech, she tells Michael she wants to commit to him fully. She begins her speech as we see Sam having second thoughts about marrying Emily, Tom drives away with Allison in the back of his car, unclear if she is dead or alive, as Jean finishes her speech saying that bullies really just want to control themselves, as Sidney walks in and makes eye contact with Jean. The two share an evil smile.|
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 38% rating based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 5.08/10. The critics consensus states "Gypsy's ludicrous plot trudges along, dragging a talented cast with it." Metacritic gave the season a rating of 45 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The show has been criticized by Roma organizations for its use of the term "gypsy". Many Romani people consider this to be an ethnic slur due to its historical use in antiziganist violence, including laws authorizing the enslavement, branding, deportations, and murder of Romanichal (British Roma) during the Tudor period in England.
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