Apple TV+ offers first look at ‘The Shrink Next Door’ ahead of Friday debut

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Apple on Wednesday shared the first look at upcoming Apple TV+ original “The Shrink Next Door,” featuring commentary from director Michael Showalter and stars Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and Kathryn Hahn.

Posted to the official Apple TV+ YouTube channel, the sneak peek runs through the limited series’s plot as told by the cast and crew.

“The Shrink Next Door” is based on a true story and follows the relationship between Martin “Marty” Markowitz and therapist Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf. Ike (Rudd) slowly begins to insert himself into the life of Marty (Ferrell), taking over Marty’s Hamptons home and persuading Marty to name him president of the family company. The series explores how a doctor-patient dynamic can turn into a dysfunctional relationship built on manipulation.

“Marty Markowitz and his sister Phyllis, they’ve just lost their parents. He’s very vulnerable and feels that the walls are caving in on him,” Ferrell says of his character. “Dr. Ike starts to manipulate him. He takes over Marty’s Hamptons house. Marty doesn’t realize how bad it is, he’s just thankful that this therapist is in his corner.”

The series is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name. Showalter and Jesse Peretz direct the show, with a script penned by Georgia Pritchett.

The first three episodes of “The Shrink Next Door” premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, Nov. 12.

Apple TV+ continues to build out its library of content. The service has a number of series in the works and reportedly plans to double its production slate to release one new show or movie a week in 2022.