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Netflix’s new drama series comes pre-loaded with two reference points the streaming giant is unlikely to complain about.

The first comes in the form of its lead actress, Naomi Watts. Her conflicted psychiatrist, Jean Holloway, finds herself throughout the course of this series (courtesy of creator Lisa Rubin) struggling with her ever-changing identity and uncontrollable desire. It is, in some ways, the TV version of David Lynch’s steamy dark masterpiece, Mulholland Drive. (Ironic, given that that movie started out as a TV pilot.)

The other arrives in the director of the first two episodes, Sam Taylor-Johnson. Her last outing? Well, that would be 50 Shades of Grey... Taylor-Johnson and Watts are both perfect fits for the material, as Jean finds herself constantly drawn into the dangerous, seductive worlds of her patients, crossing boundaries and ditching ethics all the way. It’s captivating, provocative and compelling stuff.

The bottom line
Mulholland Drive: The TV Show? Yep, sold.

By Mark Dinning
Time Out Abu Dhabi,


  • Released: Thu, 13 Jul
  • Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Stars: Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson

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