How to watch The Patient online: stream the new thriller starring Steve Carell where you are

Steve Carell in The Patient
(Image credit: FX)

Therapy can be a tricky…especially if you’re a therapist that’s been kidnapped by a homicidal patient. That’s the gist of this psychological drama from Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg – best known for producing The Americans – a morally-knotty thriller that delivers two career-best performances. Our guide below explains how to watch The Patient online, and for $13.99 a month with the Hulu-Disney Plus-ESPN Plus bundle.

Watch The Patient online

Premiere: Tuesday, August 30 (US & CA)

Starring: Steve Carell, Domhnall Gleeson, Linda Emond, Laura Niemi, Andrew Leeds, David Alan Grier.

Watch FREE online: in the US on Hulu with a 30-day FREE trial

International streams: Disney Plus via Star (CA, UK, AU)

Steve Carell (The Office, Foxcatcher) is firmly in drama mode as Alan Strauss, a therapist whose life is in tatters following the death of his wife Beth (Laura Niemi) and the painful estrangement from his only son Ezra (Andrew Leeds).

Immersing himself in work, he begins to treat Sam Fortner (Domhnall Gleeson, Mother!, HBO’s Run), whose issues turn out to be a little deeper than bog-standard depression. Yes, it turns out that Sam is a serial killer, and he’s desperate for Alan to help him manage his murderous urges – even if that means taking him captive.

Also featuring David Alan Grier (Boomerang) as Alan’s former therapist and Linda Emond (The Good Wife) as Sam’s mother, Alan will need to maintain a precarious balance between supplication and provocation if he wants to stay alive.

We detail below how to watch The Patient online and stream all 10 episodes. Plus, how to get the best value with a $13.99 Disney Plus subscription bundle.

The Patient release date and episode times

You can watch The Patient on Hulu from Tuesday, August 30. There are ten episodes in total.

Full The Patient release dates and episode guide:

  • Episode 1: Tuesday, August 30
  • Episode 2: Tuesday, August 30
  • Episode 3: Tuesday, August 30 
  • Episode 4: Tuesday, September 6 
  • Episode 5: Tuesday, September 13
  • Episode 6: Tuesday, September 20
  • Episode 7: Tuesday, September 27
  • Episode 8: Tuesday, October 4
  • Episode 9: Tuesday, October 11
  • Episode 10: Tuesday, October 18

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How to watch The Patient FREE on Hulu in the US

Tuesday, August 30

This new FX thriller will land on Hulu from Tuesday, August 30 at around 3.01am ET/ 12.01am PT, with three episodes ready to watch immediately and a new episode available each week until the series finale on October 18.

You can bag a Hulu plan for as little as $6.99 a month. Hulu even offers a FREE 1-month trial, which means you could work your way through plenty of great TV shows – like Under the Banner of Heaven, Only Murders in the Building and The Kardashians  – before having to pay a dime.

For those after great value for money, sign up to the Disney Plus bundle, with more details below.

Of course, you can watch Hulu on nearly anything, with the Hulu app available for: Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV devices, select smart TVs and Android TVs, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, PC and Roku streamers. So, whatever your platform, don't hold back and take advantage of that Hulu free trial today.

Watch The Patient and more with the Hulu-Disney Plus-ESPN Plus Bundle

Watch The Patient with the Hulu-Disney Plus-ESPN Plus Bundle 

Watch The Patient with the Hulu-Disney Plus-ESPN Plus Bundle 

$6.99 per month gets you the Hulu on-demand plan, but for even more movies and TV shows, live sports and Disney Plus Originals like Marvel’s Moon Knight, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and the upcoming Rogue One spin-off Andor, sign up for the $13.99 a month Disney Bundle instead. That gives you access to all three services – ESPN Plus, Disney Plus, and Hulu – and will save you $8 a month rather than if you subscribed to each one individually.

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How to watch The Patient online in Canada

Tuesday, August 30

The Patient will be available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus in Canada. The first three episodes are set to arrive on Tuesday, August 30 just like in the US, and a new episode is uploaded at the same time every week.

The Star hub on Disney Plus is a Hulu-surrogate available to international viewers only, providing more grown-up content like Solar Opposites, Love, Victor, Desperate Housewives, and the Predator and Alien franchises for you to enjoy.

Currently, a monthly Disney Plus subscription costs $11.99 CAD. But there's a saving to be had if you sign up for the year, with an annual subscription costing $119.99 CAD.

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How to watch The Patient online in the UK


The Patient has been slated to arrive on Disney Plus in the UK as well as other international territories, although a fixed date hasn’t been announced yet. 

Judging by the release patterns of previous FX series like The Old Man, viewers across the Atlantic should expect a roughly two-month wait after the final episode drops on Hulu. That could mean all episodes landing on the platform around mid-December.

Disney Plus costs £7.99 per month in the UK (or £79.90 for an annual subscription), and plays host to a massive library of family entertainment, including almost the entire Disney, Star Wars and Marvel cinematic library and spin offs, plus more adult fare with Star (Die Hard, the Alien films) and National Geographic content.

Other great shows on Disney Plus include Pam & Tommy, The Walking Dead and The Dropout. Take a look at all the rest of the best Disney Plus shows that you can stream right now.

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How to watch The Patient online in Australia


As mentioned above, we’d expect The Patient to touch down on Disney Plus around mid-December in international markets, as part of the more adult-oriented Star hub that includes shows like Love, Victor, Welcome to Wrexham, This Fool, and the Alien and Predator movies.

You can get a subscription to Disney Plus for $11.99 AUD a month in Australia. But you’ll save over 15% if you chose an annual subscription and pay the one-off cost of $119.99 AUD.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.