Now, let’s delve into a refreshing twist on therapy sessions that brings a whole new perspective to the screen. While we’ve seen countless depictions of patients working through their traumas, it’s not often that we get an intimate look into the lives of mental health professionals. But that’s precisely what the creators of Ted Lasso, Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein, aim to change with their new series, Shrinking.
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In Shrinking, we meet Jimmy Laird, portrayed by the talented Jason Segel, a therapist who is simultaneously mourning the loss of his wife while helping his clients navigate their overwhelming circumstances. As Jimmy copes with his own grief, he leans on friends and co-workers, notably his confidant Paul, played by none other than the legendary Harrison Ford. But what sets Jimmy apart as a therapist is his unconventional approach—he opts to share his personal opinions and snide remarks with his patients instead of providing objective insights.
Throughout the season, viewers will witness the intriguing exploration of whether Jimmy’s unique therapeutic style is effective or not, all while accompanying the main character on his own healing journey.
Shrinking made its series debut on January 27, 2023, and if you’re eager for some laughter and Segel’s comedic prowess, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to help you stay in the loop about when and where you can catch the latest episodes of this comedic gem.
And to give you a glimpse of what to expect, here’s the official synopsis of the series.
When and Where Are New Episodes of Shrinking Coming Out?
As previously mentioned, the first two episodes of this series became available for streaming on January 27th. The remainder of the season will be rolled out on a weekly basis, continuing until March 24th. In total, there are 10 episodes, and these will be released every Friday at 12 am ET.
Now, ‘Shrinking’ is an exclusive original series on Apple TV+, so to enjoy it, you’ll need to have a subscription to the platform. The subscription cost is quite reasonable at $7.00 per month, making it one of the more budget-friendly options among streaming services. New subscribers also have the perk of a 7-day free trial. So, if you’re planning on binge-watching the series without any cost, you’ll need to wait until all the episodes become available on Apple TV+ in March.
There’s another path to watch for free, as Apple TV+ offers a 3-month trial for individuals who have recently purchased an Apple device. And if you happened to buy your Apple device from Best Buy, you might also qualify for this special offer. Additionally, Apple TV+ is part of the Apple One bundle, regardless of the plan you choose. A regular Apple TV+ subscription opens up a world of exclusive TV shows and films, all with ad-free playback. Plus, it grants you access to enjoy MLB’s Friday Night baseball games, which are live-streamed directly on the platform.
Watch the Official Shrinking Trailer
From the very first line spoken by Paul in the ‘Shrinking’ trailer, it’s evident that Jimmy’s career as a therapist is teetering on the edge, especially after the loss of his wife. As he conducts therapy sessions, it becomes clear that Jimmy struggles to contain his own thoughts and often crosses professional boundaries. But Jimmy’s life is spiraling in more ways than one. He turns to drugs, becomes a nuisance to his neighbor Liz, portrayed by Christa Miller, and neglects his own mental well-being.
However, when he starts seeing what he perceives as success with his unorthodox therapeutic approach, Jimmy convinces himself that it could benefit his patients as well. This mindset leads him into ethically murky waters, and it’s only with Paul’s guidance that he begins to regain control of his life and becomes a better father to his daughter Alice, played by Lukita Maxwell.
Jason Segel, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, shed light on the preparation the cast underwent for the show:
“So, combining our personal experiences with their expertise, we made a concerted effort to explore the ethical and moral boundaries, ensuring that while we pushed those boundaries, we stayed within the limits.”
More Comedies Like Shrinking That You Can Watch Now
After Life: Similar to Jimmy in ‘Shrinking,’ Tony, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, had a seemingly idyllic life until the tragic loss of his wife, Lisa, played by Kerry Godliman. In the aftermath of this heartbreaking event, Tony abandons his role as the ‘good guy’ and embarks on a mission to inflict punishment on others through words and actions. He begins to view his newfound lack of kindness as a peculiar superpower, allowing him to hurt and offend as many people as he pleases without any remorse. While it appears that Tony may never revert to his former self, the series explores how his friends and family endeavor to help him remember the person he was before his wife’s passing. Much like ‘Shrinking,’ this show weaves comedy into its narrative to address the complexities of grief.
Ted Lasso: It’s impossible not to sing the praises of this delightful gem from Apple TV+. The award-winning series revolves around Ted Lasso, portrayed by Jason Sudeikis, an American football coach who receives an unexpected job offer to become the new coach of a British soccer team. Despite his complete lack of soccer knowledge and unfamiliarity with British culture, Ted accepts the challenge. While he’s seemingly set up for failure, Ted’s unwavering optimism and determination gradually transform the team and foster new friendships. This series, often described as a feel-good story, doesn’t shy away from tackling tough subjects, particularly those related to mental health.