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Apple TV+ has a hit with Shrinking starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford


Take a first look at Harrison Ford in Apple TV+ comedy 'Shrinking'
Plenty of people are watching Jason Segel and Harrison Ford in “Shrinking,” now on Apple TV+.
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Shrinking is finding a growing audience. The Apple TV+ comedy drew enough viewers during its debut week to become one of the top 10 most popular shows on all streaming platforms.

The ongoing series starring Jason Segel and Harrison Ford is about a therapist who throws out the rule book and tells his clients what he really thinks they should do.

You’re not crazy: Shrinking is a hit

Winter is a slow time for many people, as they’re often stuck at home by snow and icy weather. Apple TV+ is doing what it can to provide entertainment. It has new episodes of three series coming out each week.

One of those is Shrinking, and movie and TV search engine JustWatch ranked it at number 5 on its list of most viewed streaming series during the week of Jan. 23 through Jan. 29. Rival ratings company Reelgood put the Apple TV+ show at number 6 on its list of Top 10 Movies & TV available from every streaming service during the week of Jan. 26 through Feb. 1.

Together, they show that Shrinking is more poplar than almost every other series available through streaming.

There are so many, many shows and films available now that finding out what other viewers are watching can be a solid way to weed through the firehose of new content on Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Video and Apple TV+.

Get in on the fun

Shrinking was created by two of the writers of the mega-hit Ted Lasso. And the fact that screen-legend Harrison Ford is in the cast surely helps draw attention to the show.

But the primary star of is Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Sex Tape) as a grieving therapist who ignores his training and ethics by telling his clients exactly what he thinks. The result is huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own.

The Apple TV+ comedy earned positive comments from critics, with the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 78% approval score. Audiences like it too, as their score in 82%.

Shrinking is available now on Apple’s streaming service. Watching comes with a $6.99-per-month subscription, along with other comedies like Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest, Schmigadoon!, The Afterparty, Central Park, Bad Sisters and more.


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