The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an exploitative relationship filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.
Apple TV+ has unveiled a first look at the highly anticipated, eight-episode limited series The Shrink Next Door, featuring a star-studded cast led by Will Ferrell in a terrible wig and Paul Rudd as an evil person.
Here’s the synopsis:
Inspired by true events, The Shrink Next Door details the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Will Ferrell). Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly inserts himself into Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s Hamptons home and persuading Marty to name him president of the family business.
I didn’t know any of this going in to the trailer, though the title brought back memories of ancient British sitcom My Wife Next Door, about a couple who get divorced then find they’ve bought adjoining cottages, so I was vaguely expecting a farce with lots of people opening and closing doors and falling over. It’s not like that at all, though I would now like to pitch My Wife The Shrink Next Door, where a couple get divorced, then find they’ve bought adjoining houses, and she’s a psychiatrist and keeps analysing his new girlfriends.
The new dark comedy — The Shrink Next Door, not my new pitch which will clearly make my fortune — will make its global debut on Friday 12 November 2021 on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes. New episodes will premiere weekly, every Friday.
Co-starring in the Michael Showalter and Jesse Peretz-directed series are Kathryn Hahn as Marty’s younger sister Phyllis and Casey Wilson as Bonnie, the wife of Dr. Herschkopf.