36 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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    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

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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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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    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
    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



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    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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    • 35 min
    LARRY DAVID: Curb star who falls out with everyone in SHRINK THE BOX

    LARRY DAVID: Curb star who falls out with everyone in SHRINK THE BOX

    He’s grumpy, belligerent, stubborn, filterless and has to win every single argument. We ask how Larry David has any friends left and why he is so concerned with manners, yet is rude to virtually everyone he meets. Plus, Ben and Nemone look at why some people find Curb Your Enthusiasm excruciating whilst others just can’t get enough of the hit show.  

    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 

     

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    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)  



    CREDITS 

    We used clips from Season 7 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Episodes 1,4,5,7,10.   

    Starring (in the clips we used):  

    Larry David as Larry David,  

    Jeff Garlin as Jeff Greene 

    Cheryl Hines as Cheryl David 

    Susie Essman as Susie Greene 

    Jason Alexander as Jason Alexander 

    Bob Einstein as Marty Funkhouser 

    Catherine O'Hara as Bam Bam 

    Anita Barone, as Denise 

    Peter Mackenzie as Man in Shorts 

    Paul Webster as Larry's Friend Jim 

     

    Created and written by: Larry David. Directed by Larry Charles, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Bryan Gordon, Jeff Schaffer and Andy Ackerman, 

     

    Produced by: Linda Balaban, associate producer 

    Alec Berg, executive producer 

    Larry Charles, executive producer 

    Larry David, executive producer (showrunner) / executive producer 

    Jeff Garlin, executive producer 

    Tim Gibbons, executive producer 

    David Mandel, executive producer 

    Megan Murphy, co-producer 

    Erin O'Malley, executive producer 

    Gavin Polone, executive producer 

    Jeff Schaffer, executive producer (showrunner) 

    Laura Streicher, producer 

     

    Produced by HBO and Production Partners.  

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    • 49 min
    TOMMY SHELBY: We Peek Behind the Blinders in SHRINK THE BOX

    TOMMY SHELBY: We Peek Behind the Blinders in SHRINK THE BOX

    Gang dynamics, whether you can escape a criminal heritage and the physiological cause and effect of PTSD. Plus, race rigging, opium smoking and casual violence - all in a day's work for The Peaky Blinders.

    Here’s the article Ben mentioned by his sister Zadie Smith: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1399593/My-father-the-accidental-hero.html

    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



    Gang dynamics, whether you can escape a criminal heritage and the physiological cause and effect of PTSD. Plus, race rigging, opium smoking and casual violence - all in a day's work for The Peaky Blinders.

    Here’s the article Ben mentioned by his sister Zadie Smith: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1399593/My-father-the-accidental-hero.html



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

    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 7)

    Michael, Office (USA. Season 1)

    Chandler, Friends (selected episodes)

    Sydney, The Bear (season 2)

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

    CREDITS

    We used clips from Season 1 of Peaky Blinders.

    Starring:

    Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby), Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby), Sophie Rundle (Ada Shelby) Helen McCrory (Polly Gray) and Samuel Edward Cook (Danny Whizz-bang).

    Created by: D Steven Knight Written by D Steven Knight, Toby Finlay and Stephen Russell.

    Directed by: Otto Bathurst and Tom Harper.

    Produced by: Caryn Mandabach Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).



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    • 51 min
    CERSEI LANNISTER’s Power Behind the Throne: SHRINK THE BOX

    CERSEI LANNISTER’s Power Behind the Throne: SHRINK THE BOX

    As Cersei says: ‘power is power’ and she’s got it in spades. We investigate how she becomes a master manipulator, and we take an honest objective look at her over-familiar relations with her brother Jaime. 

    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 

    Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders (Season 1)

    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 7)

    Michael, Office (USA. Season 1)

    Chandler, Friends (selected episodes)

    Sydney, The Bear (season 2)



    CREDITS

    We used clips from Season 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones. 

    Starring: Sean Bean as Ned Stark, Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark, Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

    Based on: "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin

    Created by: David Benioff and DB Weiss

    Written by: David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, Dave Hill, Bryan Cogman, Ethan J. Antonucci, Gursimran Sandhu, Vanessa Taylor and Jane Espenson. 

    (S1&2) Directed by: David Nutter, Alan Taylor, Daniel Minahan, Alik Sakharov, Brian Kirk, Timothy Van Patten, Nei Marshall, David Petrarca and Tom McCarthy.

    Produced by: Home Box Office (HBO), Television 360, Grok! Studio, (Grok! Television), Generator Entertainment and Bighead Littlehead.



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    • 47 min
    FRASIER CRANE: Inside the mind of the Seattle psychiatrist on this week’s SHRINK THE BOX

    FRASIER CRANE: Inside the mind of the Seattle psychiatrist on this week’s SHRINK THE BOX

    Where does Frasier’s snobbery originate from?  Why does he revert to his ‘child state’ when around his father?  And... the hidden story behind Frasier being a Freudian analyst and Niles (his brother) being a Jungian analyst.

    Plus, Ben and Nemone’s minds are blown when they realise a crazy coincidence with Frasier and Tony Soprano.

    We want to hear from you!!! Please drop the team an email with your questions and theories (which may be part of the show): shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com



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

    Cersei, Game of Thrones (Season 1)

    Tommy Shelby, Peaky Blinders (Season 1)

    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 7)

    Sydney, The Bear (Season 2)

    Michael, Office (USA. Season 1)



    CREDITS

    We used clips from Season 1 of Frasier

    Starring: Kelsey Grammar as Dr Fraiser Crane, David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane, John Mahoney as Martin Crane, Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle and Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon.

    Created and written by: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee and Brad Hall.

    Directed by: James Burrows, David Lee, Andy Ackerman and Rick Beren.

    Produced by: Grub Street Productions, Paramount Network Television, Paramount Television (in association with) Grammnet Productions and National Broadcasting Company (NBC)



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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Alcw1962 ,

Interesting and well done

Uk based review of tv characters. Excellent dialogue and discussions on why a character may act or be motivated to act. Good discussion from both host , an actor and a therapist. They give good insights to their own opinions on what makes series based characters actions may be silly, bad, detrimental to their own health.

Worth a listen . Even if you don’t know the tv show, you can follow their reasoning . Made me seek out Top Dog.

mspassell ,

4566456 stars!!!

I find myself learning about my favorite fictional characters but also myself.

joihåkansson ,

Love it so far

Can you specifically do season 4 episode 3 of succession!?

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