‘Gypsy’ is an American psychological thriller web television series that airs on Netflix. Created by Lisa Rubin, the show boasts a star-studded cast, and follows a psychologist who violates client confidentiality and secretly intervenes in the private lives of her patients.
A relatively new show, Season 1 of ‘Gypsy’ made its way to viewers’ screens on June 30, 2017. However, Season 1 could neither impress television critics, nor did it leave a lasting impression of viewers. Consequently, just months after Season 1 premiered, Netflix pulled the plug on the show. Over time, the show seems to have gained a cult following. Many fans want to know if there could be another season. Here’s everything we know about it.
Gypsy Cast: Who is in it?
In the show, Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts plays the main protagonist, Jean Holloway, a practicing, career-oriented and successful cognitive behavioural therapist (CBT) who is married and leading a pleasant life in New York City. However, her life takes a drastic turn for the worst when she begins intruding in her patients’ private lives. Billy Crudup, meanwhile, plays the role of Jean’s husband Michael Holloway, who is successful lawyer and a partner at the law firm Cooper, Woolf & Stein.
Sophie Cookson plays the role of Sidney Pierce, an attractive and manipulative woman who is the member of a band called The Vagabond Hotel. Sidney also works as a barista, is the ex-girlfriend of one of Jean’s patients, and lusts for Jean. Sidney’s ex-boyfriend and Jean’s patient, Sam Duffy, is played by Karl Glusman. Poorna Jagannathan, meanwhile, plays Jean’s best friend and colleague Larin Inamdar.
Additionally, Brenda Vaccaro plays Claire Rogers, a neurotic older woman who is one of Jean’s patients and has an obsession with her adult daughter’s life. Claire’s estranged daughter Rebecca Rogers is played by Brooke Bloom. Further, Lucy Boynton plays Allison Adams, who is a former college student, a drug addict, and another one of Jean’s patients. Finally, Melanie Liburd plays the role of Michael’s personal assistant Alexis Wright, a woman whom Jean mistrusts.
Apart from the aforementioned main cast members, the show also features several recurring cast members including Kimberly Quinn as Holly Faitelson, Edward Akrout as Zal, Frank Deal as Gary Levine, Shiloh Fernandez as Tom, Evan Hoyt Thompson as Frances, Vardaan Arora as Raj, and Blythe Danner as Nancy, who is Jean’s mother.
Gypsy Plot: What’s it about?
The show follows the life of Jean, who is rich, seemingly happily married, and has a child. Jean and her husband Michael live in an upscale and spacious New York City apartment, and both husband and wife are busy with their careers. However, despite having everything one desires, Jean starts growing increasingly bored with her seemingly perfect life and craves excitement.
Bored out of her wits, she starts to take an increasing interest in the lives of her patients, and one day, catches the eye of the attractive Sidney, who is ex-girlfriend of her patient Sam. This, of course, complicates things for Jean, as does her marriage with Michael. As the show progresses, Jean becomes increasingly obsessed with Sidney and this starts to affect her relationship with Michael and their daughter Dolly. As her relationship with Michael deteriorates, she feels like she’s invisible in her own house. Consequently, she starts to take even more interest in the lives of her patients, and starts to intervene in their lives in myriad ways. Her relationship with Sidney, meanwhile, takes off, and as they get more and more intimate, Sidney starts getting suspicious of Jean, who has kept her married life a secret. As the show progresses, complications arise out of Jean’s dual life and threatens to ruin her relationship with Michael, Sidney, as well as her patients.
While ‘Gypsy’ boasts a stellar cast, the show is often let down by its uninspired writing, poor dialogue, and the sheer lack of charm which Jean exhibits. As a result, despite having a mildly intriguing plot and psychological elements, the show falls flat and fails to impress.
It is thus not surprising that television critics have been extremely harsh in their take on ‘Gypsy’. On the review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Gypsy’ has a poor score of 38% after 40 reviews, and the critics consensus aptly sums it up, reading, “Gypsy’s ludicrous plot trudges along, dragging a talented cast with it.” Among viewers, too, ‘Gypsy’ failed to make a lasting impression with IMDb rating being only 6.9/10, based on over 11,500 votes.
Gypsy Season 2: Cancelled or Renewed?
Season 1 of ‘Gypsy’ hit viewers’ screens on June 30, 2017, and following poor reviews from critics, Netflix, on August 11, 2017, pulled the plug on the show. The decision on Netflix’s part was slightly surprising considering the fact that it was already in talks with producers about a second season. Further, writers of the show had already begun work on the script of Season 2, and the writers room had been running for four weeks when Netflix announced its decision to cancel ‘Gypsy’.
It has been nearly two years since Netflix cancelled ‘Gypsy’, and thus it seems unlikely that the network will reconsider its decision. Thus, as it stands, ‘Gypsy’ is dead in the water. The only hope for the show is if another network picks it up or if Netflix changes it mind.
Here is the trailer of ‘Gypsy’ Season 1 to give you a glimpse into what the show is all about.
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