Fleishman is in Trouble

Fleishman is in Trouble

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Fleishman is in Trouble follows Toby in the aftermath of his failed 15 year marriage as he navigates a new landscape of parenting, dating, friends and work which are all made more difficult when his wife disappears.

Navigating the terrain of modern relationships, familial bonds, and identity, Fleishman Is in Trouble emerges as a compelling drama series that grasps the zeitgeist of our age.

Born from the pen of Taffy Brodesser Akner and brought to life by a stellar cast, the series dives into the life of Toby Fleishman.

Toby is a hepatologist caught in the quagmire of a disintegrating marriage, newfound bachelorhood, a social life and the challenges of being a father.

Juggling themes from love and loneliness to ambition and mental well-being, the series offers a nuanced portrayal of flawed but realistic characters, beckoning you to question your own life choices and societal norms.

What Is Fleishman is in Trouble About?

The series opens with Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg), a New York City doctor, embarking on a sexual odyssey after his recent divorce from Rachel (Clare Danes), his wife of 15 years.

With some residual bitterness, he finds himself reconnecting with old college friends Libby (Lizzy Caplan, Inside Job) and Seth (Adam Brody), only to have his life thrown into chaos when Rachel abruptly leaves their two children, Hannah and Solly, at his apartment and disappears.

Having gone on a yoga retreat and not returned, Toby must grapple with single parenthood and a new dating landscape despite being thrown for a loop when Rachel remains incommunicado.

With his story narrated by Libby, flashbacks reveal a marriage strained by differing life goals, and a family pushed to the brink by Rachel's growing disconnect.

All the while, Toby struggles with the possibility that Rachel might be in danger, only to find out she is anything but.

Interspersed in this tangled narrative are the lives of Toby's friends. Libby, a writer discontented with her career and marriage, deals with her own life crisis.

Seth faces an investigation for insider trading. Each character's story adds another layer to the puzzle that is Toby's world.

As the season unfolds, Toby and Rachel confront their pasts and look toward uncertain futures.

In the end, Toby comes to terms with the complexities of his relationship with Rachel and begins to put the pieces of his life back together.

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Is Fleishman is in Trouble Worth Watching?

I often watch shows and genuinely wonder who they were made for. Or more pointedly, recognise that they weren't made for me!

Then along came Fleishman is in Trouble and loving the cast, I decided to give it a go. One epic binge fest later and I found myself reaching for the kleenex as Libby's last narration of Toby's story and, the summation of her own, resonated more deeply than I could have imagined.

This is a story about what happens when you realise somewhere in your middling years, that all your youthful potential and the future that was so bright when you were younger is gone. And you can't get it back.

Some people struggle more than others with that concept and in Fleishman is in Trouble that person is Libby. She is the juxtaposition to Toby in that he has fully realised everything that he wanted – apart from his failed marriage that is.

And that brings us nicely to Clare Danes, whose portrayal of Rachel is nothing short of spectacular. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I really wish we had seen a LOT more of her. Because she too is a Fleishman and she is also in trouble.

Somehow though, as the show is adapted from the novel by Taffy Brodesser Akner, the focus of this particular story is on Toby.

Each character is nuanced enough that it makes them both relatable and frustrating. Toby is a loving but flawed father having a middle-age crisis. Rachel is a damaged but ambitious woman, and Libby is a friend caught between nostalgia and unfulfilled dreams.

The non-linear storytelling, complete with narration, flashbacks and shifts in perspective, adds depth to the unfolding drama. Each episode feels like peeling off another layer of a complicated emotional onion.

This is definitely a drama that will appeal to those over 30 years of age. Below that and while you might enjoy it, you probably won't be able to relate to it.

Will There Be Season 2?

Fleishman is in Trouble is a mini-series created by Taffy Brodesser-Akner based on her 2019 novel of the same name. The clue is in the singular word ‘book' and not ‘books'!

Technically that means that the show is done and dusted with the whole story wrapped up in a neat-ish bow.

Now that doesn't mean there will never be a second season as there are plenty of shows that continued after the source material ran out (Game of Thrones anyone??).

So the door is still open. Not least because of how the first season ended. So if Brodesser-Akner writes a second novel then we could very well see Toby, Rachel, Libby and Seth back on our screens again.

Cast And Characters

Jesse Eisenberg as Dr. Toby Fleishman

Claire Danes as Rachel Fleishman, Toby's ex-wife

Lizzy Caplan as Libby Epstein, one of Toby's best friends, who also serves as narrator of the story. She used to be a writer at a men's magazine

Adam Brody as Seth Morris, one of Toby's best friends

Meara Mahoney Gross as Hannah Fleishman, Toby's daughter

Maxim Jasper Swinton as Solly Fleishman, Toby's son

Christian Slater as Archer Sylvan, author at the magazine Libby used to work for

Josh Radnor as Adam Epstein, Libby's husband

Josh Stamberg as Sam Rothberg

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  • Incredible Performance From Clare Danes
  • Incredibly Relatable For Viewers Of A Certain Age
  • Beautifully Concise Story


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  • Adam Brody And Clare Danes Underused


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