Starring: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Linda Emond
Creators: Joel Fields & Joseph Weisberg
Despite a strong start, an interesting premise, and a wonderfully restrained performance from Steve Carell, The Patient eventually wears out its welcome. It never becomes full-on bad, but it just goes on for far too long. The story has two plotlines at play, both about the father-son dynamic, but only one of them is interesting, developed, or necessary, which leaves the viewer tuning out for 5-15 minutes every 30-minute episode. The ending didn’t really land for me either, making me feel like the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. Maybe it would have worked better with fewer episodes or as a movie.