2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Patient’

The Patient soundtrack includes music by Maren Morris, Nathan Barr and Justin Caine Burnett. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg’s 2022 FX on Hulu miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

The Patient stars Steve Carell as Alan Strauss, a Jewish therapist and widower who treats a patient under unique and dangerous circumstances. Domhnall Gleeson co-stars as Sam Fortner, an admitted serial killer who seeks immediate help for his behavior. The storyline follows Alan as he gets locked up in a country home and agrees to continue treating Sam. Composers Nathan Barr (The Great) and Justin Caine Burnett (9-1-1: Lone Star) scored the FX on Hulu miniseries; music supervisor Amanda Krieg Thomas (Pose) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Patient.

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The Patient Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “Intake”

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The Patient Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “Alan Learns to Meditate”

  • Circles Around This Town” by Maren Morris (00:00): The Patient soundtrack song plays during the opening sequence. A car pulls into a driveway. Alan looks around from within a rural home where he’s locked up (in alignment with the lyric “So many times I thought about leaving”). The music drops as Sam turns off the engine of his truck.

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The Patient Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Issues”

  • “Dodi Li” by Laura Neimi (00:19): Alan thinks about the past. Beth plays the guitar and sings in Hebrew at Ezra’s wedding. Alan watches from a table.

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The Patient Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “Company”

  • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Steve Carell (00:21): Alan tries to comfort Elias (Alex Rich). He sings John Denver’s 1971 hit. Elias reveals that his last name is Petraki.

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The Patient Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5 “Pastitsio”

  • “Get Along” by Kenny Chesney (00:00): The Patient soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Sam drives and listens to music. The music drops as he visits his ex.
  • “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney (00:14): Sam turns up the volume on a stereo system. He plays the air drums on his bed. Alan talks to Elias.
  • “I Got a Feelin’” by Billy Currington (00:16): Alan consumes a pill. Sam listens to music. He browses the internet as the track continues.
  • “Ma Yafeh Hayom” by Traditional (00:17): Alan tries to sleep. He remembers Beth singing at a synagogue. Ezra listens to his favorite song.

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The Patient airs weekly on FX on Hulu. New episodes premiere every Tuesday through October 25, 2022. The supporting cast includes Andrew Leeds (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, A Million Little Things), Laura Niemi (This Is Us, Those Who Wish Me Dead), Linda Emond (Lodge 49, Succession) and David Alan Grier (In Living Color, The Carmichael Show). This article about The Patient soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.