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The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey King), a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets, one that ultimately leads to murder.
The series stars Patricia Arquette (Dee Dee Blanchard), Joey King (Gypsy Blanchard), Chloë Sevigny (Mel), AnnaSophia Robb (Lacey) and Calum Worthy (Nick).
Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean co-created the series based on Dean’s original Buzzfeed article and serve as executive producers alongside Greg Shephard and Britton Rizzio. The Act is produced by Universal Content Productions.
S1 Episode 108 ‘Free’View All Images
Gypsy fights for her life by defending her actions, while Mel & Lacey realize that behind closed doors things were not always as they seemed.
Written By: Lisa Long & Nick Antosca & Michelle Dean and Directed By: Steven Piet
S1 Episode 107 ‘Bonnie & Clyde’View All Images
Gypsy is excited to start over with Nick in Wisconsin, but their new life doesn’t match the happily ever after she imagined, and her anxiety worsens as past transgressions begin to catch up with them.
Directed By: Hannah Fidell and Written By: Dan Dietz & Robin Veith
S1 Episode 106 ‘A Whole New World’View All Images
While Gypsy and Nick are on the run, flashbacks to a much younger Dee Dee reveal how trauma with her own mother set her up for conflict with Gypsy.
Directed By: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and Written By: Heather Marion
S1 Episode 105 ‘Plan B’View All Images
Gypsy and Nick scheme to meet in person and hope to win Dee Dee’s approval, but when their plan goes disastrously wrong, they’ll be pushed to make an extreme choice in order to be together.
Directed By: Steven Piet and Written By: Lisa Long & Nick Antosca
S1 Episode 104 ‘Stay Inside’View All Images
Gypsy’s getting older and Dee Dee is forced to new legal maneuvers to keep control of her “little girl.” But Dee Dee’s limited by her own health problems, and Gypsy goes to greater lengths than ever to connect with men and experience a sexual awakening.
Directed By: Christina Choe and Written By: Michelle Dean
S1 Episode 103 ‘Two Wolverines’View All Images
Dee Dee makes Gypsy play dress up for a costume convention, where they each attract charming men who could dangerously complicate their insular relationship. And Gypsy is starting to question the lies her mother tells her — especially about how old she really is.
Directed By: Adam Arkin and Written By: Robin Veith
S1 Episode 102 ‘Teeth’View All Images
Dee Dee is on a high since Gypsy will be given the “Child of the Year Award,” which makes Dee Dee feel like Mother of the Year. But before the big event, Gypsy has a dental emergency that gets the attention of a skeptical doctor who could expose Dee Dee’s secrets.
Directed By: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and Written By: Dan Dietz
S1 Episode 101 ‘La Maison du Bon Reve’View All Images
Doting mother Dee Dee Blanchard and her sweet daughter Gypsy arrive in a new neighborhood, where Gypsy feels lonely due to a barrage of medical issues and eager to make friends. But their new neighbors can be nosy, and Dee Dee and Gypsy have secrets to hide.
Directed By: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and Written By: Michelle Dean & Nick Antosca
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