The Fleishman is in Trouble adaptation, a limited series based on the book by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, has a star filled cast hoping to make a show that gets as much love as the book.
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This page was updated: 1/1/23
About The Book:
Recently separated Toby Fleishman is suddenly, somehow–and at age forty-one, short as ever–surrounded by women who want him:
women who are self-actualized, women who are smart and interesting, women who don’t mind his height, women who are eager to take him for a test drive with just the swipe of an app.
Toby doesn’t mind being used in this way; it’s a welcome change from the thirteen years he spent as a married man, the thirteen years of emotional neglect and contempt he’s just endured.
Anthropologically speaking, it’s like nothing he ever experienced before, particularly back in the 1990s, when he first began dating and became used to swimming in the murky waters of rejection.
But Toby’s new life–liver specialist by day, kids every other weekend, rabid somewhat anonymous sex at night–is interrupted when his ex-wife suddenly disappears. Either on a vision quest or a nervous breakdown, Toby doesn’t know–she won’t answer his texts or calls.
Is Toby’s ex just angry, like always? Is she punishing him, yet again, for not being the bread winner she was?
As he desperately searches for her while juggling his job and parenting their two unraveling children, Toby is forced to reckon with the real reasons his marriage fell apart, and to ask if the story he has been telling himself all this time is true.
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Current Production Status:
Fully released as of December 2022.
Fleishman is in Trouble Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first released in June 2019 and shortly after there was a 10-studio bidding war, with ABC Signature winning the rights in September. The author, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, was brought on to help write a series adaptation being developed for FX.
In March 2021 it was announced that the Fleishman is in Trouble Adaptation had received a nine episode limited series order and would be released as part of the FX on Hulu partnership. Later that year the main cast was announced with Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Eisenberg joining the project in November.
Filming began in New York City in February 2022. In September the release date of November 17th was announced and the next month the first trailer was shown.
Where Can I Watch The Series?
As of July 2023 you can find the full series on Hulu.
The show currently has a 83% tomatometer and 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 7.6/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
ABC Signature, FX Productions, and Timberman-Beverly Productions are the production companies attached. Disney+, FX Network, and Hulu are all the shared distributors.
Who Is Attached:
Jesse Eisenberg, Lizzy Caplan, and Claire Danes are starring in main roles. Adam Brody, Michael Gaston, and Christian Slater are in recurring roles.
The series filmed in New York City, which is where the book is set.
The first two episodes premiere November 17, 2022. The rest of the series will release on a weekly basis until the finale on December 29th.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
You can find this book in the full guide of 2022 Books to Screen Adaptations!
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is the author’s only novel released so far, so there are no other works to adaptation.
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