Parts of it are wickedly funny; other parts are searingly dramatic. But all of it is riveting and excellent.
|Cumberbatch is very convincing (Fresh Air).|
Like the others in the series, it was written by Edward St. Aubyn as a mostly autobiographical exercise in exhuming and confronting both his demons and his childhood.
|Get over it, kiddo. - You did this, Daddy!|
The first two episodes cover the events of the first two books but not in sequence. One storyline reveals the horrid abuse [incestuous, homosexual, pedophilia and repeated rape] the father inflicts upon his 5-year-old son.
Drug abuse and addiction
|Heroin (and doctor-opiates) numbed my pain.|
|Hmm, I was also raped. Is heroin the cure?|
|My father was a monster! So am I.|
The title character's story is unforgettably gripping. So is the experience of watching this miniseries. One of Patrick's father's sayings, quoted often during the drama, is, "Go with the best or go without." Watching Showtime's Patrick Melrose is going with the best. More + Audio