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No one said therapy was easy.

The Patient is a psychological thriller from the minds of Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans) about a therapist, “Alan Strauss” (Steve Carell), who's held prisoner by a patient, “Sam Fortner” (Domhnall Gleeson), who reveals himself to be a serial killer. Sam has an unusual therapeutic demand for Alan: curb his homicidal urges.

In order to survive, Alan must unwind Sam's disturbed mind and stop him from killing again... but Sam refuses to address critical topics, like his mother “Candace” (Linda Emond). Alone in captivity, Alan excavates his own past through memories of his old therapist, “Charlie” (David Alan Grier), and grapples with waves of his own repressed troubles – the recent death of his wife, “Beth” (Laura Niemi), and the painful estrangement from his religious son, “Ezra” (Andrew Leeds).

Over the course of his imprisonment, Alan uncovers not only how deep Sam's compulsion runs, but also how much work he has to do to repair the rift in his own family. With time running out, Alan fights desperately to stop Sam before Alan becomes complicit in Sam's murders or worse – becomes a target himself.

Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg are Co-Creators and Executive Producers and will write The Patient, and Steve Carell will serve as an Executive Producer along with Caroline Moore, Victor Hsu and Chris Long. The 10-episode limited series is produced by FX Productions.


Playwatch trailer

Dr. Alan Strauss, a therapist mourning the death of his wife, takes on an enigmatic new client. As the two men wrestle with very different, individual problems, their professional relationship is transformed by a choice that binds them deeply together. Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Chris Long.

Alan Learns to Meditate

Sam delves more deeply into the reason he entered therapy, but he encounters resistance from Dr. Strauss as he attempts to continue their sessions. A gathering sense of not being alone leads to a revelation about the house. Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Chris Long.


Sam’s desire to find a therapeutic solution grows as his inner struggle intensifies. Dr. Strauss brings a new variable into their sessions. Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Kevin Bray.


On the threshold of crisis, Sam honors the promise Dr. Strauss made him make as a condition for continuing their work together. The trust built between patient and doctor is tested, with a life in the balance. Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Kevin Bray.


Sam reaches out to a woman from his past. Trials loom for Dr. Strauss, Sam, and Elias. Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Kevin Bray..


Dr. Strauss struggles with the reality he finds himself in. Sam is consumed with practical necessities, but agrees to his therapist’s advice to make different choices. Written by Joel Fields & Joe Weisberg; Directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton.

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He wants to get

better in the worst way.

Behind The Scenes

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First Look with Steve Carrell and Domhnall Gleeson

There’s no shame in asking for help. But what if you take it by force? Here’s a First Look with stars Steve Carrell and Domhnall Gleeson previewing the dark relationship at the heart of The Patient.

Critics Review

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Older, but not necessarily wiser. Pop open a bag of hot chips and see what’s in store for the Reservation Dogs in this First Look at Season Two.

Video Extra

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"I really think if we can just talk, this will be okay. Okay-ish."

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