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Can-do attitude prevails, as ‘Shrinking’ earns a second season

Harrison Ford in "Shrinking."Beth Dubber/Apple TV+ via AP

“Shrinking” is one of those series that appears to have divided audiences. In it, Jason Segal plays a therapist who, while grieving his wife, decides to throw out the rule book and tell his patients what to do. Created by Segel and Brett Goldstein and Bill Lawrence from “Ted Lasso,” the comedy also features Harrison Ford in an amusing turn as a gruff colleague.

Some like the show’s feelgood vibe, which it shares with “Ted Lasso.” Both Apple TV+ shows give us a sad man with a can-do attitude and a circle of lovable friends. Others find Segel’s emotionalism hard to take, as well as the hang-out vibe (don’t these people work?), among other things. I’m a fan of the show, particularly the later episodes in the season, when the ensemble — which also includes Jessica Williams, Christa Miller, Lukita Maxwell, Michael Urie, and Luke Tennie — more thoroughly gels.


With the first season’s final episode due next Friday, Apple TV+ has announced that the series will be back for a second season. Apparently, it has done well enough in the ratings — which Apple TV+ does not share publicly — to justify a return. I’m betting that, before season 2 arrives, Ford will already have collected an Emmy nomination — and perhaps even the statue itself — for his seasoned performance. By the way, Ford’s other TV series, Paramount+’s “1923,” has also been renewed for a second season.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him @MatthewGilbert.