The Shrink Next Door follows the fascinating, frustrating, and ultimately quite agonizing relationship between businessman Marty Markowitz (Will Ferrell) and his therapist Dr. Ike Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) over the span of several decades. This true story was documented in a podcast of the same name in 2019 from Joe Nocera being before adapted by Apple TV+ for an eight-episode limited series.
At the helm of this captivating show is Georgia Pritchett, who serves as showrunner and executive producer. Pritchett’s background involves work on two extremely successful series – Succession and Veep – as well as a number of other credits, including on Run, Avenue 5, and Loaded. Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Pritchett about what spoke to her about this story and how she wanted to get it right:
“I think it’s so easy when you hear a story like that, it’s easy to be reductive and think, oh, Marty must be an idiot, and Ike must be evil. I don’t think that’s fair on either man. I don’t think Marty’s an idiot, and I don’t think Ike is evil. In a way, it’s kind of like a love story, a relationship that started well that took a turn and became very unhealthy and toxic. I was interested in examining how and why that happened.”
On the intense Jewish content present in the story, she explained:
“They were Jewish, and I wanted to accurately reflect their experience. I made sure nearly all the writers were New York Jewish writers, and we wanted to treat that aspect with respect and make sure it was authentic. But it’s not a story about being Jewish. My whole approach is that this could happen to anyone, anywhere, any part of the world, any sort of race, religion, ethnicity, so while I wanted to be accurate, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about relationships and how they can go right and how they can wrong.”
Listen to the full conversation below:
The Shrink Next Door is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+.