In Treatment

2008 TV-MA 3 seasons

In Treatment

2008 TV-MA 3 seasons
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This quietly intense HBO drama series brings you inside the therapy room where psychologist Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) treats clients ranging from a distressed Navy pilot to an embittered Olympic-hopeful gymnast, focusing on a single patient in each episode. With the action largely taking place within the therapy sessions, this Emmy-winning show also follows Weston as he sorts out his own thorny issues with another analyst (Dianne Wiest).
Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes, Blair Underwood, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Charles, Embeth Davidtz, Melissa George
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 9 discs

After dealing with his patients' traumas and issues, psychoanalyst Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne, in a Golden Globe-winning role) caps off his week with a visit to therapist Dr. Gina Toll (Dianne Wiest) to unload his own problems. Weston's diverse roster of patients includes an anesthesiologist (Melissa George) in a relationship crisis, a Navy pilot (Blair Underwood) and a conflicted couple (Josh Charles and Embeth Davidtz).
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the plot of this unconventional drama is driven by a core cast of mainly adult characters who share sordid details about their lives with a therapist who has problems of his own. Self-destructive behaviors discussed in each episode range from simple lying to adultery, and one 16-year-old patient is suspected of having suicidal tendencies because she rode her bike into oncoming traffic. While the series is too intense for kids, older teens should be emotionally capable of processing the complex emotions embedded in the content. But the format is so cerebral that it's unlikely they'll really want to watch.

Sexual Content

Sex isn't part of every episode, but a few characters do discuss it graphically. One woman, for example, describes a sexual encounter she had with a stranger in a bathroom stall. The same woman confesses she has sexual feelings for her therapist.


Most of the "action" involves two people sitting down and talking. But conversations occasionally mention violent acts, including teen suicide and an overseas bombing that killed a group of schoolchildren.


Explicit language (like "f--k" and "motherf--ker") isn't used constantly, but a few characters do use it liberally -- and it's not bleeped.

Social Behavior

Every character -- including the therapist -- is flawed and morally ambiguous. As a result, there are no clear-cut role models. Self-destructive behaviors (from lying to adultery) are discussed in each episode.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A few adult characters mention drinking to excess, but they aren't shown doing it.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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