What’s more, the series is based on a real story
People seek out therapists when life becomes too hard for them to deal with alone. More often than not, therapists really do make thigs easier, but other times, not so much. There are times when the patient cannot cooperate with the patient’s methods, and at other times, their communication will not be good. But in the new Apple TV+ limited series The Shrink Next Door, starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, things turn out much more weird.
The story is of Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell), an Ivy League-educated millionaire, and Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd). As shown in the trailer, they start off as regular patient and therapist, until Dr. Ike infiltrates Marty’s business, distances him from his family, and even moves into his house later. The scariest part of all this is that its based on a true story.
Ferrell told Entertainment Weekly that the story is relatable in a way to anyone who has done therapy. He had also not heard of the real incident until he got the script, and said it shook him.
The real story
Markowitz had spoken about his experience and spoke about how Dr. Ike and his wife moved to their house in the Hamptons, became president of his business, and even took over his $2.5 million Swiss bank account. He said it felt like he was in a cult, and that it was one ethical violation after another. Dr. Ike was a popular Upper West Side of Manhattan therapist. He had clients like Gwyneth Paltrow and Courtney Love, so Markowitz had no reason to doubt him. Markowitz spent 29 years under his power and 11 years fighting for justice.
The Shrink Next Door will air on Fri., Nov. 12, 2021.