Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell are joining comedic forces once again, this time as an unlikely therapist-patient duo in Apple TV Plus’ upcoming limited series, “The Shrink Next Door,” which premieres on Nov. 12.
In the first teaser for the dark comedy, psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) asks his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell) to stop using “the f-word” — but it’s not what you think. Ike wants Marty to stop saying he’s “fine,” because as the teaser shows, he clearly isn’t. The clip features Marty breaking down in various ways, until one day, he has a breakthrough. As Billy Joel’s “My Life” plays, Ike and Marty form a boundary-crossing friendship, one that eventually involves Marty burying what appears to be a dead body.
Inspired by true events, “The Shrink Next Door” details the strange relationship of Ike and Marty as Ike slowly worms his way into Marty’s life, even moving into his home and becoming the head of his business. As their friendship grows, it quickly becomes one filled with dysfunction and manipulation. The star-studded cast includes Kathryn Hahn as Marty’s younger sister, Phyllis, and Casey Wilson as Bonnie, Ike’s wife.
“The Shrink Next Door” is directed by Michael Showalter and Jesse Peretz, from a script by Georgia Pritchett based on the 2019 podcast by Wondery and Bloomberg Media. The show hails from Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.
In addition to starring in the show, Ferrell and Rudd are also executive producers. Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Brittney Segal will executive produce for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Pritchett also serves as an executive producer, and Showalter and Jordana Mollick executive produce for Semi-Formal Productions. Marshall Lewy, Hernan Lopez and Aaron Hart will serve as executive producers for Wondery and Jared Sandberg, Katie Boyce and Francesca Levy for Bloomberg Media, with the podcast’s host Joe Nocera as co-executive producer.
Watch the teaser below.