Treatment review

‘In Treatment’ review: Uzo Aduba takes the therapist’s chair, in an HBO show tailored for the time

It’s also a pretty nifty format for HBO (like CNN, a unit of WarnerMedia), with back-to-back episodes playing every Sunday and Monday, making the show run 24 episodes over a “week” every week for six weeks. span. And while Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) stars as Dr Brooke Taylor, Byrne’s presence lingers, starting with a photo of the two together displayed in the fabulously chic house – with stunning views – where she exercises her. job .

As always, the cast and the individual stories help carry the show, and the producers have done an exceptionally skillful job on this, starting with Anthony Ramos, the “Hamilton” alum who is expected to be even more prominent this summer. with “In the Heights”. to hit theaters and HBO Max.

Ramos plays Eladio, the caregiver of the disabled son of a wealthy family, who pays for his therapy. Her sessions are conducted via Zoom, while Taylor’s other patients both come to her: Colin (John Benjamin Hickey), a tech CEO on parole, trying to get his life back on track, but resentful of the court-ordered therapy; and Laila (Quintessa Swindell), a teenage girl at odds with her family, especially because of her gender identity.

Finally, there are Brooke’s conversations with Rita (Liza Colón-Zayas), who worries about the nature of Brooke’s relationship with Adam (Joel Kinnaman), a boyfriend who – despite his other strengths – might not. be especially good for her.

Cleverly, the series also incorporates the pandemic and the uncertainty that surrounds it into the narrative, adding to the sense of upheaval the characters face. “I don’t know what to tell them,” Brooke confesses to Rita. “I don’t know what to tell me.”

Originally adapted from an Israeli series, “In Treatment” remains a particularly enduring concept, if only as good – given the almost claustrophobic nature of the premise – as the actors and the writing. Fortunately, both are quite convincing in the preview episodes, which encompassed four of the six weeks.

Admittedly, eavesdropping in therapy sessions isn’t for everyone, and the theatrical nature of the format can sometimes result in moments that seem a little too perfect or precious. Overall, however, “In Treatment” remains a compelling way to spend an hour, and as they say, it’s cheaper than therapy.

“In Treatment” premieres May 23 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.