G. James

G. James

Every year, there is a new series that everyone can’t get enough of. This year, the hit series is “The Act” on Hulu. Unlike most series that are out this year, this series is based on a true story. “The Act” is based off the chilling true story of Gypsy Rose and her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Gypsy Rose is played by starlet Joey King and her doting single mother is played by Patricia Arquette, best known for her role in the recent series “Dannemora.” On the surface, Dee Dee is a kind, loving woman—if not a little overprotective—but she is also a woman with some very dark secrets. These secrets unfold, and it is not long when the audience realizes Dee is suffering from Munchausen by-proxy syndrome and is poisoning Gypsy so she will stay with her forever. If this isn’t a Joan Crawford throwback, I don’t know what is.

The chilling new series has some great executive producers and writers including Buzzfeed’s Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca (“Channel Zero”). “The Act” is solely focused on the depths of Dee Dee’s deception and how her daughter slowly realizes that the one person she is supposed to be able to trust forever betrayed her. This leads Gypsy down a progressively self-destructive path, and some critics eventually claim her mother as the victim. “The Act” interweaves two different timelines: one in 2015, directly after Dee Dee’s murder, and one seven years earlier, going into the depth of the abuse of Gypsy Rose suffered in the care of her mother and how she discovered the shocking truth.

“The Act” just aired on Hulu yesterday, so episode one is available for viewing. With Oscar-winning actors, amazing directors, a mother’s betrayal, and a haunting murder case, the show is sure to contain enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your couch.