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In Treatment - S03E19


Jesse shows up unexpectedly the night before his session.

Episode Title: Jesse: Week Five
Airs: 2010-11-23 at 09:00 pm
  • Doug Elfman

    In Treatment is exhilarating.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Gabriel Byrne plays the part flawlessly, and he's up against tow especially rewarding talents. [1 Nov 2010, p.42]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    In Treatment feels neither soapy nor formulaic, because of the intensity with which it's presented.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It all makes for lots of great soapy intrigue, and Byrne makes you believe he can solve everyone's problems. Except his own.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Cleverly conceived, it boasts a star-studded cast (Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Blair Underwood) who achieve, at times, theatrical transcendence.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    It's an engaging series that's definitely worth at least a trial spin.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    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.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    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.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    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.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    This show is smart and rigorous, with a concentration that bores deep without growing dull.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    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.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    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.

    Salon Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    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.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    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.

    Time Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    In Treatment is fascinating TV, but it's not a pleasant experience. Watching these therapy sessions is akin to eating your TV broccoli.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    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.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The gimmick's in the scheduling of this tediously claustrophobic though sometimes searing half-hour drama, set almost entirely in a psychotherapist's office.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Nancy Franklin

    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.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Paul Weston's (Byrne) nonadventures straddle the realms of the scarcely credible and the incredibly boring.

    Slate Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review