Created by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, based on her 2019 novel of the same name, Fleishman Is in Trouble follows the estranged relationship between Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) and his former wife Rachel (Claire Danes). Since her story is told by Toby’s friend Libby (Lizzy Caplan), the plot is heavily centered on him, at least initially. The series begins with Rachel’s sudden disappearance and moves forward with a non-linear narrative that alternates between the past and present to depict Toby and Rachel’s life together before it all fell apart.
A television series, Fleishman Is in Trouble explores the complexities of marriage through the union of two not-so-compatible people. While Toby and Rachel are both Jewish and successful, their personal beliefs are fundamentally different. If you’ve seen Fleishman Is in Trouble and liked it, here’s a list of recommendations that might suit your tastes. You can watch most of these shows that are similar to ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or HBO Max.
8. Split Up Together (2018-2019)
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‘Splitting Up Together’ tells the story of Lena and Martin reuniting after their divorce when they decide to take an unconventional approach to co-parenting. Lena and Martin decide that they will live alternately in the house and in the garage apartment. Whoever lives in the house has full responsibility for the children, while whoever lives in the garage is free to do whatever they want, including dating other people. While Splitting Up Together isn’t quite as realistic as Fleishman Is in Trouble and the other posts on this list, it’s about a couple trying to navigate the difficult paths after their relationship.
7. You’re the Worst (2014-2019)
Like Fleishman Is in Trouble, You’re the Worst delves deeply into postmodern relationships. Jimmy and Gretchen meet at the wedding of his ex-girlfriend and her seemingly best friend’s sister. One thing leads to another and they spend the night together. The next morning they agree that they don’t want anything to do with each other, but as the series progresses the mutual attraction becomes more and more evident. You’re the Worst has the same chaotic energy as Fleishman Is in Trouble and perfectly captures the vibrant madness of city life.
6. Uncoupled (2022-)
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Uncoupled follows Michael Lawson (Neil Patrick Harris), a gay real estate agent from New York City, who finds himself single for the first time in 17 years after his partner Colin broke up with him and tries to adapt to his new life getting used to being single. Like Toby, Michael finds that the dating scene has changed drastically in his absence and things have gotten a lot more confusing than they should be. Toby and Michael are 40-year-olds who are in the difficult waters of the
4th Master of None (2015-2021)
The first two seasons of Masters at None, a creation of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, revolve around Dev Shah (Ansari), a commercial actor, and his struggles to master life, career and love. In Season 3, the focus shifts to Dev’s lesbian friend Denise and her relationship with her wife Alicia. Entitled Master of None Presents: Moments in Love, season three bears some resemblance to Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage and depicts the systemic decay of the central relationship, just as in Fleishman Is in Trouble.
3. Divorce (2016-2019)
Created by Sharon Horgan, Divorce is Sarah Jessica Parker’s first major television venture since Sex and the City. The story follows Frances Dufresne (Parker) and Robert Dufresne (Thomas Haden Church), a married couple. After Frances’ infidelity is discovered, divorce proceedings begin, which are far from amicable.
Divorce is a gritty, dark series that seems to suggest that the perfect city romance meets its inevitable death in the suburbs. Although Divorce is far more serious in his portrayal of relationship failure, she and Fleishman Is in Trouble have several themes in common, including bitterness at one’s spouse.
2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-)
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Created by Amy Sherman-Palladin, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows Miriam Midge Maisel, a Jewish-American housewife who discovers a passion for stand-up comedy after her husband cheats on her. With the help of her manager, Susie Myerson, Midge quickly becomes a popular figure on the New York night scene.
Although The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, unlike Fleishman Is in Trouble, is set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, both series celebrate Jewish culture in New York. Also, a large part of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s plot is dedicated to the relationship between Midge and her ex-husband Joel.
1. Scenes from a Marriage (2021)
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The American adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 Swedish series of the same name, Scenes from a Marriage follows a contemporary couple – Jonathan Levy (Oscar Isaac) and Mira Phillips (Jessica Chastain) – and the gradual dissolution of their relationship. Like Fleishman Struggling, Scenes from a Marriage delves deep into the bones of the failed relationship, exploring all the cracks and fractures that eventually led to the breakup.
The chemistry between Isaac and Chastain is as compelling as that between Eisenberg and Danes. Even if the American remake doesn’t reach the high level of the original, it’s fair to say that it’s an impossible task considering who was at the helm of this project.