Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, and Kathryn Hahn are about to get psychological. Apple has just unveiled the first official trailer for their new limited series The Shrink Next Door, and it sees all three actors stirring up a unique blend of dark comedy chaos. Check it out below.
The Shrink Next Door is about the bizarre relationship that New Yorker Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell) forms with his psychiatrist Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd). As Dr. Ike begins to manipulate and exploit his client with some help from Marty’s unsuspecting wife Bonnie (Casey Wilson), Marty remains blind to it all while his no-nonsense sister Phyllis (Hahn) starts to suspect something — though not until the saga goes on for nearly three decades.
In the trailer, we get our first glimpse of Ferrell as Marty, the owner of a fabrics company pressured to seek therapy by his persuasive sister Phyllis. Initially, Rudd plays a charming therapist whose advice clearly improves his client’s life, with Marty taking charge at his company meeting, playing team sports in New York City, and sticking up for himself when pressured.
But then, of course, things begin to get dark when Dr. Ike suggests Marty cut loved ones out of his life, and Phyllis is quick to notice. “He just has no boundaries and I don’t trust him,” she says in the clip. “He’s living in your head.”
Directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) and Jesse Peretz (High Fidelity), The Shrink Next Door is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name that was inspired by true events. Bringing that infamous tale to life is Georgia Pritchett, the Emmy-winning writer behind Succession who penned the script for this new series.
Pritchett, Rudd, and Showalter all executive produced The Shrink Next Door alongside Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, and Brittney Segal as well as Semi-Formal Productions, Wondery, and Bloomberg Media. Original podcast host Joe Nocera served as co-executive producer on the series as well.
The Shrink Next Door will span eight episodes in total. The first three episodes will premiere on Apple TV+ on November 12th, with the rest to air weekly on Fridays through December 17th.