19 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About "Shrinking," The Can't-Miss New Dramedy Starring Jason Segel And Harrison Ford

    One star even started therapy because of the show.

    In January 2023, Apple TV+ debuted Shrinking, a comedy-drama show that centers on Jimmy (Jason Segel), a therapist who decides to test out a radical work technique — total honesty — as he treats patients while grieving the death of his wife.

    The series was created by Jason, Ted Lasso creator Bill Lawrence, and Ted Lasso star Brett Goldstein. It also features a powerhouse cast including Harrison Ford, Jessica Williams, Lukita Maxwell, Michael Urie, Luke Tennie, Christa Miller, and more.

    Lukita Maxwell as Alice, Jessica Williams as Gabby, and Harrison Ford as Paul are seen in the trailer for "Shrinking"

    So far, the show is thought-provoking, heartfelt, moving, and hilarious. Here are 19 interesting facts behind the making of Shrinking.

    🚨Warning: Spoilers ahead!🚨

    1. The plot of Shrinking emerged from a mix of TV show concepts by Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein.

    Bill Lawrence attends the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California, Brett Goldstein arrives to the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022

    2. Jason Segel considers Shrinking to feature "the grown-up version of" the vulnerability he showed in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

    Jason Segel as Peter tries to make a hotel reservation in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

    3. Harrison Ford took a fashion cue from Jason on set.

    Stephen Colbert shows a photo of Harrison Ford and Jason Segel wearing jumpsuits together behind the scenes of "Shrinking"

    4. The cast got a chance to bond at the start of filming.

    Luke Tennie, Bill Lawrence, Christa Miller, Harrison Ford, Jason Segel, Jessia Williams Michael Urie and Devin Kawaoka at the premiere of Apple's "Shrinking" held at Directors Guild of America on January 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

    5. Jessica Williams "brought a lot of [her] personal experiences" to her character, Gabby.

    Jessica Williams as Gabby talks to Liz in her front yard

    6. Michael Urie and Devin Kawaoka, who play a couple on the show, are friends off set.

    Michael Urie as Brian and Devin Kawaoka as Charlie talk in their kitchen in "Shrinking"

    7. Acting in Shrinking inspired Michael Urie to start his own therapy journey.

    Michael Urie attends the premiere of Apple TV+'s "Shrinking" at Directors Guild Of America on January 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

    8. After reviewing the first episode of Shrinking, Harrison Ford told Brett Goldstein it was the "best script [he's] ever read."

    Harrison Ford attends the "1923" LA Premiere Screening & After Party on December 02, 2022 in Los Angeles, California, Brett Goldstein attends a screening of Apple Original's "Shrinking" at The Paley Museum on January 24, 2023 in New York City

    9. Harrison Ford's character is based on a real-life therapist.

    Harrison Ford as Paul talks to Jimmy at work

    10. Jason Segel wants Brett Goldstein to act in future Shrinking episodes if the show gets more seasons.

    Jason Segel and Brett Goldstein on Monday, January 23, 2023

    11. Harrison Ford revisited a past performance of Jason Segel's before filming Shrinking and was impressed with what he saw.

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Harrison Ford during Wednesdays February 1, 2023 show

    12. Creator Bill Lawrence and actor Christa Miller are married in real life.

    Bill Lawrence and Christa Miller attend the premiere of Apple TV+'s "Shrinking" at Directors Guild of America on January 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

    13. Actual therapists were consulted when writing Shrinking.

    Jason Segel as Jimmy listens to a patient in "Shrinking"

    14. Harrison Ford and Lukita Maxwell's improvisations continued after the end of their scenes.

    Harrison Ford (L) and Lukita Maxwell pose at the after party for the premiere of Apple TV+'s "Shrinking" at Ceccone's on January 26, 2023 in West Hollywood, California

    15. Jessica Williams chose the music she and Harrison Ford sing together while their characters carpool.

    Harrison Ford and Jessica Williams as Paul and Gabby carpool to work in "Shrinking'

    16. An accessory of Harrison Ford's was, at times, incorporated into his character's attire.

    Harrison Ford as Paul talks to Alice at the park

    17. Luke Tennie communicated with sources who have firsthand knowledge of his character's diagnosis to portray Sean as accurately as possible.

    Luke Tennie as Sean sits in Jimmy's office

    18. The writers purposely threw in some curveballs for viewers.

    Sean and Jimmy watch Alice's soccer game

    19. Lastly, one aim of Shrinking is to demonstrate that people can find wellness in their lives through offering help to others.

    Jimmy talks to Liz in his kitchen

    Make sure to watch episodes of Shrinking on Apple TV+.

    Jason Segel as Jimmy smiles, Lukita Maxwell as Alice talks to Sean, and Harrison Ford as Paul sits in his car in "Shrinking"