WTF You Just Watched: ‘Freud,’ a Very Weird Show About, You Guessed It, Sigmund Freud

Emma Baty
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From Cosmopolitan

Lately, it feels like every show has us thinking, “What the f*ck did I just watch?” In this series, we will break down exactly what happened in all those wild, mind-bendy, and just plain strange series...in a way that’s much easier to understand than the actual thing.

THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD FOR NETFLIX’S FREUD.

After I read the description for Netflix’s Freud, I knew I was in for something...interesting. The drama follows a young Sigmund Freud in Vienna as he works to solve a string of murders. Obviously, Freud is much more well known for creating psychoanalysis than he is for his murder-solving skills, so this fictional show had me intrigued.

Full disclosure, I didn’t watch the whole first season. I did, however, watch enough to tell you whether it’s worth dipping your toes into. Here are some things to consider....

It combines a murder mystery with some witchy stuff.

Obviously, crime shows are popular for a reason, but this one pairs that drama with a whole psychological element that feels pretty fresh. In the first episode alone, Freud is hypnotizing people and attends a séance with a psychic. There’s a lot happening but in a way that sets it apart from your typical serial killer drama.

The guy who plays Freud is...kinda hot?

I hate to be the person to do this, but the guy who portrays the young psychiatrist is fairly good-looking. Let’s do some comparisons. Here’s the actual Freud in his younger years:

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And here’s the guy who plays him:

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Not only is the resemblance pretty good, but if you’re into beards, you’re very much in luck. I’m not saying that’s the sole reason to watch the show, but it’s not not a reason to watch it.

There are definitely some gritty aspects.

In the first episode alone, audiences see Freud doing cocaine more than once. Apparently, that’s pretty true to who he actually was. “We do know that in his private life, he was heavily into cocaine,” director Marvin Kren told Variety. So...be prepared for that.

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It’s going to be pretty dark.

First, it’s about murder, but Freud is also dealing with a lot of other stuff that makes this a less-than-joyful watch. He is generally rejected by his contemporaries in the show, which provides a lot of the tension, and the character is fighting rising antisemitism in Austria. It’s a lot! And with everything going on in the world right now, you might not want to dive into a really serious drama about murder and psychology. But if you’re looking for a distraction, it could be just what you need.

The verdict...

Definitely give this one a shot. It’s pretty weird but in a way that might work for you.

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