Gypsy is a Netflix original series that consists of ten episodes, all of which were released on June 30, 2017. Naomi Watts stars in the leading role of psychotherapist Jean Holloway who lives a double life as "Diane Hart" in order to infiltrate the personal lives of her patients and their loved ones.
Despite ending with several plot threads coming to a head, Gypsy was cancelled by Netflix.
Tropes featured in Gypsy:
- Addled Addict: Allison becomes this after taking drugs.
- Age-Gap Romance: Jean is about twenty years older than Sidney.
- Ambiguous Disorder: While it can be argued that Jean is simply having a mid-life crisis, much of her behavior is reminiscent of dissociative identity disorder.
- Bastard Boyfriend: Tom is this to Allison.
- Bi the Way: Sidney. Jean as well, or least "Diane" is.
- Casting Gag: This isn't the first time Naomi Watts has played someone who gets into character as another person named Diane. Or the first time she was involved in a lesbian relationship featuring double identities and a woman named Diane.
- Commune: The daughter of one of Jean's patients lives in one of these.
- Consummate Liar: For the most part, Jean seamlessly goes from her life as a therapist, mother, and wife, to another life as a carefree fun-seeking single writer.
- Drugs Are Bad: Taking pills prevented Allison's further education. Additionally, when Jean takes stolen pills with alcohol, she acts erratically at her daughter's birthday party.
- Hollywood Mid-Life Crisis: Part of Jean's machinations are seemingly to relive the chaos and drama of youth.
- Hypocrite: Jean shows jealousy towards Michael's sexy secretary Alexis.
- Living a Double Life: Jean does this as "Diane" in order to meet her patients' friends and family without their knowledge.
- Manipulative Bitch: From Jean's perspective, her mother fits this label, although Jean manipulates the people and events in her patients' lives - usually for the better, but not always.
- My Beloved Smother: One of Jean's patients obsesses over her daughter's life constantly.
- Jean's own mother is very controlling and manipulative.
- Psycho Psychologist: Downplayed, but Jean has elements of this. No matter her motives, Jean pretends to be someone else, she meddles with her patients' lives and manipulates everyone's actions.
- Sexy Secretary: Alexis, Michael's assistant. This does not go unnoticed by Jean.
- The Mistress: Sidney more or less becomes this unknowingly.
- Therapy Backfire: Sam goes to see Jean about his relationship troubles with Sidney. Jean ends up ruining Sam's chances of getting back with Sidney.
- Title Confusion: The title Gypsy has no relevance to any of the characters or plot, and solely appears to be named after the opening theme song.
- One interpretation is that it refers to the unsentimental and carefree adventurous life that Sidney lives and Jean wants to live.
- Tomboy: Jean and Michael's daughter, Dolly.
- Your Cheating Heart: Jean eventually gets into a sexual relationship with Sidney, behind Michael's back.
- Michael nearly cheats on Jean with Alexis, but ultimately decides against it.
- Larin's husband also cheats on her.