I know there are 94 different streaming services to keep up with to the point where conventional cable almost makes more sense, but this is how life is now. Sure, it's total bullshit that multiple streaming places have returned to once-a-week releases. I mean, I get why they do it. It's let the show be in the public consciousness longer. That makes sense to me. If you spit out 10-15 episodes at once, people will binge it within two weeks (usually within two days), and then your show slowly sinks to the depths of the internet ocean. AppleTV+'s Shrinking is just so good that I wish I got it all at once. I hate waiting!
Last Thursday, I started watching Shrinking. At this point, four episodes were out, which was perfect for me because it did allow me to get into a mini-binge. It's about a bunch of therapists, but Jason Segal's character, Jimmy, is the protagonist (s/o junior year English). He decides to try a different approach to help his patients---
---with brutal honesty. Like when Jimmy tells SNL's Heidi Gardner (Grace) and her juicy boobies to leave her scumbag husband.
There are other examples too, but the photo selection for this show is limited; plus, she wouldn't have let them thangs breathe if they didn't want niche bloggers to talk about them. Also, I'm not a spoiler guy, and I'm tryna be vague as possible while also giving you enough detail to be like, "okay I'll check it out."
Jimmy's wife, Tia, died in a car accident before the series started. They don't give you an exact date when she died, but it's been a little over a year. Jimmy's understandably had a rough go of it, which has sort of caused him to neglect his teenage daughter, Alice (don't feel weird, she's actually 21).
At the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center where Jimmy works, he has an awesome coworker named Gaby. She's tight with Jimmy and was his dead wife's best friend. As a water guy, I deeply appreciate her dedication to h2o.
Their superior is Dr. Paul Rhoades, played by Harrison Ford. Paul has Parkinson's and is juggling all that entails. He's got an excellent strategy for dealing with unhappiness and low key fucks with THC.
He also secretly meets with Alice to discuss dealing with the loss of her mother and her current relationship with her dad. Their interactions are always super cute.
Shrinking was created by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Ted Lasso), Jason Segal, and Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent on Ted Lasso). It's definitely a dramedy, but there are plenty of laughs in every episode. This is where I get self-conscious as a writer, but as someone who's been going to therapy for the last four years, I fucking love this show. It's incredible. You fall for the cast almost immediately. I haven't even gotten into Sean, Brian, Liz, or Liz's husband yet. Brian's arc is beautiful, and I can't wait to see where it goes. The emotions in this show are so fucking raw and honest. I love seeing this side of mental health professionals. I'm sure it's frustrating to hear people complain constantly and not make the easy choices to fix their lives.
New episodes drop on Fridays, and so far, there's been six. They're about a half hour each, although the first one was a little longer. I've seen other articles saying it too, but it is super cool to see an 80-year-old playing an 80-year-old and the health issues that come with that. Shrinking is very Grace and Frankie in that way. Oh, the soundtrack is fucking awesome too. I cannot recommend Shrinking enough. AppleTV+ is worth it, but if you're an iPhone user, which statistically, you probably are...if you don't have Apple One, you're fucking up!