SHRINKING dares to talk about the topic most would leave alone as the elephant in the room. Yet, grief and its powerful tentacles touch everyone in its path using an indelible handprint of deniability, anger, and sadness. 

This episode showcased the different avenues loss or divorce can take people. It was fast-paced, honest, and even humorous at times. I am so impressed with the way FIFTEEN MINUTES was introduced. It set the tone for what was to come. The opening morning dialogue among the neighbors was hysterical and poignant. Jason Segel, Jessica Williams, Lukita Maxwell, and Harrison Ford are priceless. Their raw repartee hit gut level for me. They play the grief card expertly, breathing life into an impossible situation. When the moment gets a smidge too heavy, they flip and find just the right amount of laughter to let viewers know it is okay to “feel whatever” after a death. 

SHRINKING is not an easy thirty minutes, even with the seconds that make you laugh. Not everyone is willing to admit they need help. What makes this series intriguing is the fact that the “Shrinks” need therapy just as much as their patients. This human connection is the bond that holds us together, and the writers are giving us what we need to hear. I would recommend making an appointment.  

SHRINKING is available to stream on APPLE TV+. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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