6 shows like the psychiatrist next door you should watch

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“The Shrink Next Door” follows the incredible story of a psychiatrist who slowly takes over the affairs of one of his patients and continues to direct his life for nearly three decades. When Martin “Marty” Markowitz starts going to therapy sessions with Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf, the last thing he suspects is being exploited. Yet that’s exactly what happens, and the show’s narrative depicts a fascinating and insidious dynamic between a doctor and his patient.Based on Joe Nocera’s investigative podcast of the same name, the show is an eclectic mix of dark comedy and intrigue. If you enjoyed watching the boundary-pushing shenanigans of the doctor, we’ve got a couple more shows that follow some really remarkable accounts of medical manipulation and intrigue. You can watch most of these “The Shrink Next Door” -like shows on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

6. In treatment (2008-2010, 2021-)

Based closely on the Israeli series “BeTipul,” this show follows the intriguing sessions between psychiatrist Paul Weston and his patients, as well as the doctor’s talks with his own therapist. As the story progresses, Weston begins to question his own credibility and the show cleverly explores the complicated processes of a psychiatrist’s mind. As we see in “The Shrink Next Door,” here too the themes of subtle persuasion and doctor-patient relationships take center stage.

5. The Moorside (2017)

This two-part British television drama follows the disappearance of a 9-year-old girl and the subsequent investigation, which leads to a shocking conclusion. The fact that the mother is a suspect in the abduction creates an intriguing narrative. The internal family drama is also as tumultuous as seen in “The Shrink Next Door,” and you will be horrified every time you remember that the story you are watching is actually inspired by true events.

4. Tell the truth (2019-)

Based on the novel “Are You Sleeping” by Kathleen Barber, this show centers on an investigative journalist-turned-podcaster who delves into intriguing mysteries. The pacing is deliberately slow, which helps the show’s layered narrative and deep characters shine through and are adequately explored. While focusing on more violent themes than “The Shrink Next Door,” this show also follows masterful mysteries spanning decades (one per season), revealing the darker sides of seemingly normal people.

3. House (2004-2012)

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A classic on shows that explore doctor-patient relationships, ‘House’ (also called ‘House MD’) follows the irreverent main character as he solves seemingly impossible medical emergencies. The doctor’s genius is balanced by his gruesome disdain for following protocol, making the show a perfect blend of dark comedy and major themes that are effortlessly integrated into the narrative. If you enjoyed watching the boundary-pushing antics of Dr. Herschkopf, “House” will delight you with its tongue-in-cheek exploration of medical liability.

2. Dr. Death (2021)

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If you are wondering how far doctors can push the boundaries, look no further. Based on the true crime podcast of the same name, “Dr. Death «follows the insidious Dr. Duntsch as he mutilates and injures a number of patients. Set over several years, the puzzling story of this miniseries will leave you shocked and wonder how such dire situations can continue for so long without attracting public attention. When it comes to ambitious physicians who break doctor-patient boundaries (and the law), Dr. Duntsch easily beats the shrink from “The Shrink Next Door.”

1. Dirty John (2018-)

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“Dirty John” is a true crime anthology series that follows a different criminal each season. Based on the podcast of the same name by Christopher Goffard, the show explores themes of manipulation, with the opening season focusing on an anesthesiologist who catches an unsuspecting woman. For those of you who can’t get enough of true crime narratives that follow remarkable stories involving seemingly normal people, this show will hit the spot. The strange dynamic that makes the relationship between Dr. Herschkopf and his patient so intriguing is also explored in “Dirty John,” albeit through a more sinister lens.

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