'Fleishman Is in Trouble' Trailer Introduces One Character Crisis After Another

Taffy Brodesser-Akner adapted her own 2019 novel into an eight-episode streaming series.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Jesse Eisenberg in 'Fleishman Is in Trouble'


Toby Fleishman (Jesse Eisenberg) may be in over his head after his wife Rachel (Claire Danes) disappears, leaving him to raise their children during a summer he thought was going to be his first of freedom and a deep dive into the dating pool. Hence, why the title of Taffy Brodesser-Akner's 2019 novel and FX's limited series adaptation about him is Fleishman Is In Trouble. Get a glimpse at exactly what kind of trouble he's in in a new trailer, below, and be warned: he's not the only one experiencing existential crises.

Toby has to balance parenting with his job as a doctor (which he doesn't seem to find all that satisfying) and trying to start at least the romantic part of his life over post-Rachel (who, we should point out, doesn't disappear in a criminal way, just in a "she felt suffocated and also wanted to start part of her life over" way). 

Toby should be aided by friends Libby (Lizzy Caplan) and Seth (Adam Brody), but they have issues, too, namely that she is also feeling stuck in her life and marriage. So he may be a left to flail a bit on his own as he struggles to find out what happened to Rachel and why, and what happened to them as a couple and why.

The eight-episode adaptation also stars Josh Radnor, Meara Mahoney Gross, and Maxim Swinton. Brodesser-Akner adapted her own novel for the screen and serves as executive producer alongside Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, and Susannah Grant, as well as directors Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, Shari Springer Berman, and Robert Pulcini. Fleishman Is In Trouble is produced by ABC Signature. The show streams Nov. 17 on Hulu.