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10 Times HBO's The Rehearsal Went Too Far

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  • Posted on 16th Sep, 2022 19:32 PM
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HBO's The Rehearsal collapses the barrier between fantasy and reality in many ways, sometimes leaving audiences wondering if it goes too far.

HBO remains one of the biggest innovators in terms of television programming, and Nathan Fielder's The Rehearsal is easily one of the network's most original series in years. Nathan Fielder's trademark deadpan disruption style of comedy elevates to new heights with the ultra-stylized avant-garde The Rehearsal.

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The Rehearsal playfully collapses the barrier between fantasy and reality in bewildering ways, which has also left audiences wondering if it goes too far. The series is as much a critique on Fielder and the artifice of television as it is on anything else, but there are some moments that push the line.

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One of the many joys of The Rehearsal is the intense, meticulous attention to detail, even when efforts to go this extra mile turn into major hurdles for the series' production. One touch to bring extra levels of authenticity to Angela's motherhood rehearsal involves a slew of child actors while Adam is still just an infant.

A robot baby is used at night, complete with simulated crying, but otherwise, a new "baby actor" is swapped out every four hours to adhere to child protection laws. Child actors are one thing, but the use of babies in this capacity involves a whole other level of risk.

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