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"Chance" review by Suzanne 11/11/16
Season 1 Airs on HULU

This is a very intriguing drama. House's Hugh Laurie stars as Dr. Chance, a neuro-psychiatrist. His depressing job is to evaluate mental patients and then refer them to other doctors. This character is very different from the one he played in "House." He's a very fine actor who's played tons of different types of roles, none the same as the last. This doctor is quiet and seems to have difficulty making tough decisions, particularly about his own life. Laurie's perfect for the role because he can show so much with his face. Even though his character doesn't speak as much as House, he can show a lot just with one look.

Chance gets caught up in some mystery with a beautiful female patient, Jaclyn (Gretchen Mol). It's a very complex show. She has some sort of mental disorder that may give her black-outs or a second personality. She also appears to be an abused wife. The show is sometimes a little slow-moving, but it's never boring. It reminds me a little of Hitchhock and film noir (as I'm sure it's meant to). We keep wondering whether Jacklyn is really sick and abused, or whether she's lying.

Chance is going through a divorce and is obviously attracted to this woman, despite his protestations. He also gets involved with this huge guy, "D" (Ethan Suplee), who works restoring furniture. D is not only built like a tank, but he's good with his fists (almost like a superhero) and doesn't mind using them. Doctor Chance is intrigued by D, who may have PTSD as well.

The story takes many twists and keeps surprising you. You have to watch the whole season to really know what's going on at all because it keeps changing. I've only seen a few episodes, but I look forward to watching more. You won't regret investing your time in this show.

The show would be worth watching just for its performances alone, but the story is quite good and really draws you in and keeps you guessing. It's like a whodunnit on steroids. Along with all of this great entertainment, it also really sheds light on mental illness and how it's treated. Don't miss it!


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