41 episodes

Ever wondered why Frasier Crane is such a snob?
How Tyrion Lannister’s bawdy humour saves him in Game of Thrones?
What makes Schitts Creek’s Moira Rose a narcissist?

‘Shrink the Box’ is where actor comedian Ben Bailey Smith and psychotherapist Nemone Metaxas put their favourite fictional characters such Tommy from Peaky Blinders and Sydney from The Bear on the couch - to analyse why their behaviour causes them so much drama.

Nemone and Ben explore why these characters make certain decisions, what would happen if they made different ones and what we can learn from their mistakes. The perfect combination of psychology, self-help and the best TV since the birth of the box-set.

We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com

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Ever wondered why Frasier Crane is such a snob?
How Tyrion Lannister’s bawdy humour saves him in Game of Thrones?
What makes Schitts Creek’s Moira Rose a narcissist?

‘Shrink the Box’ is where actor comedian Ben Bailey Smith and psychotherapist Nemone Metaxas put their favourite fictional characters such Tommy from Peaky Blinders and Sydney from The Bear on the couch - to analyse why their behaviour causes them so much drama.

Nemone and Ben explore why these characters make certain decisions, what would happen if they made different ones and what we can learn from their mistakes. The perfect combination of psychology, self-help and the best TV since the birth of the box-set.

We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com

A Sony Music Entertainment production.
Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts and follow us at @sonypodcasts
To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

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    REESE WITHERSPOON and JENNIFER ANISTON’s Alex and Bradley tackle sexism and false selves on The Morning Show - SHRINK THE BOX

    REESE WITHERSPOON and JENNIFER ANISTON’s Alex and Bradley tackle sexism and false selves on The Morning Show - SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone put Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s The Morning Show characters, Alex and Bradley, on the couch. We ask how a person creates a false self at work, what makes Bradley break the mould and find out how Alex could ever have respect for her male boss in the middle of a #MeToo scandal. Stay tuned for more on false selves in our upcoming episodes on Jackson Lamb and Polly Shelby too!

    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com



    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2)

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2)

    Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, The Wire (Season 1)

    Moira Rose, Schitt's Creek (Season 1)

    Raymond Holt, Brooklyn 99 (selected episodes)

    Jackson Lamb, Slow Horses (Season 1)



    CREDITS

    We used clips from Season 1 of The Morning Show. It’s available to watch on AppleTV+.

    Starring:

    Jennifer Aniston as Alexandra "Alex" Levy

    Reese Witherspoon as Bradley Jackson

    Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison

    Mark Duplass as Charlie "Chip" Black

    Néstor Carbonell as Yanko Flores

    Karen Pittman as Mia Jordan

    Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Hannah Shoenfeld

    Bel Powley as Claire Conway

    Desean Terry as Daniel Henderson

    Jack Davenport as Jason Craig

    Steve Carell as Mitch Kessler

    Created by:

    Jay Carson

    Directed by:

    David Frankel

    Lynn Shelton

    Roxann Dawson

    Tucker Gates

    Produced by:

    Jennifer Aniston

    Reese Witherspoon

    Kerry Ehrin

    Michael Ellenberg

    Mimi Leder



    We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com



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    • 48 min
    SHRINK THE INBOX

    SHRINK THE INBOX

    Ben and Nemone answer your questions and explore your suggestions. They talk about whether they have any friends who are spies and explore some brilliant female led comedies you've either missed or forgotten.  

     

    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 

     

    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here  

    Michael, Office (USA. Season 1) 

    Chandler, Friends (selected episodes) 

    Sydney, The Bear (season 2) 

    Tyrion, Game of Thrones (seasons 1&2). 

    Alex and Bradley, The Morning Show (Season 1)  

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2) 

     

    CREDITS 

    We used a clip from Girls, Series 6.  

    Starring (in the clip we used):  

    Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath 

    Adam Driver as Adam Sackler.  

     

    Created by: Lena Dunham. Written by Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow.  

    Directed by: Jesse Peretz 

    Produced by: Home Box Office.  

     

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    • 44 min
    TYRION LANNISTER knows how to play the Game...of Thrones SHRINK THE BOX

    TYRION LANNISTER knows how to play the Game...of Thrones SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone put Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones on the couch. Tyrion doesn’t conform to society’s norms. How does he use that to his advantage? He’s booksmart, cunning and the most open-minded man in Westeros. This ‘half-man’ is, in fact, three times as impressive as any of his peers. We look into difference, diversity and skulduggery in this latest episode. Don’t miss it! 



    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 



    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here

    Alex and Bradley, The Morning Show (Season 1)

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2)

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2)

    Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, The Wire (Season 1)

    Moira Rose, Schitt's Creek (Season 1)

    Raymond Holt, Brooklyn 99 (selected episodes) 



    CREDITS

    We used clips from Season 1 of Game of Thrones. It’s available to watch on NOWTV.

    Starring:

    Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

    Sean Bean as Eddard Stark

    Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister

    Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

    Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen

    Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont

    Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish

    Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen

    Kit Harington as Jon Snow

    Created by:

    George R.R. Martin (based on novels by)

    David Benioff (adapted for screen by)

    D.B. Weiss (adapted for screen by)

    Directed by:

    Mark Mylod

    Alan Taylor

    David Benioff

    D.B. Weiss

    et al.

    Produced by:

    Christopher Newman

    Mark Huffam

    Greg Spence

    Lisa McAtackney

    Duncan Muggoch

    For HBO 



    We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 



    A Sony Music Entertainment production. 



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    • 45 min
    SYDNEY from THE BEAR: when will she reach her boiling point? SHRINK THE BOX

    SYDNEY from THE BEAR: when will she reach her boiling point? SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone put sous-chef Sydney Adamu from The Bear into therapy. She helps whip the team at the restaurant into shape, she’s nurturing but anxious and riddled with self-doubt, not to mention a person of colour with the highest of ambitions in a profession dominated by white men. Mouthwatering, no? 

     

    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 

     

    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here  

    Tyrion, Game of Thrones (seasons 1&2). 

    Alex and Bradley, The Morning Show (Season 1)  

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2) 

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2) 

    Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, The Wire (Season 1) 

    Moira Rose, Schitt's Creek (Season 1) 

    Raymond Holt, Brooklyn 99 (selected episodes)  

     

    CREDITS 

    We used clips from season 2 of The Bear, available on Disney+.  

     

    Starring 

    Jeremy Allen White as Carmen Berzatto 

    Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Richard Jerimovich 

    Ayo Edebiri as Sydney Adamu 

    Lionel Boyce as Marcus 

    Liza Colón-Zayas as Tina 

    Edwin Lee Gibson as Ebraheim 

    Corey Hendrix as Gary Woods 

    Richard Esteras as Manny 

    Jose M. Cervantes as Angel 

    Abby Elliott as Natalie Berzatto 

     

    Created by: Christopher Storer 

    Written by: Karen Joseph Adcock, Joanna Calo, Rene Gube, Sofya Levitsky-Weitz, Alex O'Keefe, Catherine Schetina, Christopher Storer 

    Directed by: Alan Myerson, Peter Bonerz, James Burrows, Kevin S. Bright  

    Produced by: FX/Hulu/Disney+ 

     

    We would love to hear your theories: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 



    A Sony Music Entertainment production. 



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    • 49 min
    CHANDLER BING: could it BE any more complicated? SHRINK THE BOX

    CHANDLER BING: could it BE any more complicated? SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone put Chandler from Friends on the famous Central Perk couch to talk about his phobia of commitment, his attachment patterns and how he feels about mum AND dad putting on a black dress and trying to seduce one of your best friends. Expect doses of sarcasm, celebrity cameos and Janice’s laughter peppered throughout.

    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com



    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here

    Sydney, The Bear (season 2)

    Tyrion, Game of Thrones (seasons 1&2).

    Alex and Bradley, The Morning Show (Season 1)

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2)

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2)

    Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, The Wire (Season 1)



    CREDITS

    We used clips from all seasons of Friends, available on Netflix.

    Starring

    Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing

    David Schwimmer as Ross Geller

    Courtney Cox as Monica Geller

    Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green

    Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay

    Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani

    Created by: David Crane and Marta Kauffman

    Written by: Ted Cohen and Andrew Reich, David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan et al.

    Directed by: Alan Myerson, Peter Bonerz, James Burrows, Kevin S. Bright

    Produced by: Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions and Warner Bros. Television



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    • 50 min
    MICHAEL SCOTT invites you into The Office: SHRINK THE BOX

    MICHAEL SCOTT invites you into The Office: SHRINK THE BOX

    Ben and Nemone stroll into The Office (USA). They consider the differences between Michael Scott and David Brent, explore ego and ask why some people think they’re funny (when they’re just not).



    We want to hear about any theories we might have missed, what you’ve thought of the show so far and your character suggestions. Please drop the team an email (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com 



    NEXT CLIENTS ON THE COUCH. Find out how to view here

    Chandler, Friends (selected episodes) 

    Sydney, The Bear (season 2) 

    Tyrion, Game of Thrones (seasons 1&2). 

    Alex and Bradley, The Morning Show (Season 1)  

    Tasha, Orange is the New Black (season 2) 

    Polly, Peaky Blinders (seasons 1&2) 



    CREDITS 

    We used clips from The Office USA, series 1 on Netflix.  

    Starring 

    Steve Carell as Michael Scott,  

    Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute 

    John Krasinski as Jim Halpert 

    Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly 

    Created by: Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.  

    Written by: reg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Mindy Kaling, B.J Novak,  

    Directed by: Ken Kwapis, Ken Whittingham, Greg Daniels. 

    Produced by: Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille Productions and NBC Universal.



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    • 48 min

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