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Shrinking Season 1 Review – an inspirational comedy series from the Ted Lasso gang

January 23, 2023

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We review the Apple TV+ series Shrinking Season 1, which contains no spoilers.

We’ve all seen the same old cliché therapy session scenes found in countless movies and TV episodes a hundred times before. You know the one where a patient recounts their day and then the therapist asks how each individual scenario made the patient feel.

It’s outdated and exaggerated, but for those who haven’t been to therapy sessions themselves, it’s our only understanding of this world. The Netflix Documentary stutz (directed and featuring Jonah Hill) gave viewers a completely different insight into this world, inspiring and raw.

original apple Contraction strives to emulate that 2022 film, taking that same original thought and then running with it, as a depressed therapist seeks to revolutionize the medium in controversial ways.

Season 1 shrink and plot summary

The therapist in question is Jimmy Laird, played by the co-creator Jason Segel (how I Met Your Mother). A grieving father who is on a downward spiral of self-destruction after the death of his wife. He decides to channel his grief into a new, more productive outlet, choosing to completely reinvent his therapeutic practices. Jimmy begins to tell his patients what he really thinks, while adopting a more personal approach, even if he seems to get a little too involved in their lives. This jamming of his own professional and personal life (rather like the complete opposite of Breakup) leads to many monumental changes, some of which are good and, as you’d expect, many of which are bad.

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Jimmy’s friends, family and colleagues are accompanied for the ride, in an exceptional cast, we are truly spoiled here. You have Jimmy’s fellow therapists: Paul (Harrison Ford) and Gabby (Jessica Williams), both of whom are dealing with their own personal issues themselves. Then at home, Alice, Jimmy’s daughter (Lukita Maxwell) has become rather distant due to bereavement, and curious neighbor Liz (Scrubs Star Christa Millerlisten)) decided to fulfill her duties as a mother after the death of Alice’s mother. The casting ends with Jimmy’s number one patient, Sean (Luke Tennie), and his best friend Brian (Michael Urie from Ugly Betty celebrity).

As the series progresses, we get the chance to explore each character’s personal demons and complex flaws. But the main plot focuses on Jimmy’s grieving process and his wacky tactics at work. These self-defeating tendencies lead to a lot of drama, and all of the many characters and subplots intertwine in satisfying ways. Sure, Jimmy’s strategies work on occasion, but also fail spectacularly, leading to a lot of hilarity.

Is Shrinking season 1 any good?

Contraction is an absolute joy to behold, a life-affirming slice of TV that scores points in the wholesome and hilarious subcategories. This is what you expect from co-creators Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) and bill laurent (Ted Lasso and Scrubs). It’s not their first rodeo after all, and the entire creative team is working their magic to create a heartwarming and comedic offering, one that touches on the many intricacies of life in general. All of the characters are marred in their own way, especially the therapists, and this theme is explored with sarcasm and heart.

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The writing is great, but it’s the characters that really grab you. The cast is perfect, they are actors and individuals that you support from the start. The people you want to spend time with as they meander through their hectic lives. You know you’re in good hands with Jason Segel, as Harrison Ford knocks him out of the park. The Hollywood veteran is on another level here, truly in a class of his own. He plays a wise and well-meaning therapist with apparent ease, but he also brings vulnerability and relativity to the role. The other cast members all get their chance to shine, but Ford stands out above the rest, providing my favorite character on the show.

You know you’re onto a winner with such a great cast in front of the cameras and a stellar team behind the scenes too. While the concept is smartly designed to enhance the two main areas of this series. The exploration of grief and self-improvement ticks off the emotional aspect of the show, while the depiction of therapy and the goofy scenarios that Jimmy ends up providing the humor. It’s a winning combination that works perfectly in this Apple TV+ series. What more could you ask for?

What did you think of Shrinking Season 1? Comments below.

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