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Shrink The Box

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...

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Recent Episodes of Shrink The Box


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.

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

Larry David, Curb Your En...

Episode 3 21 May 2024 51m and 13s


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...

Episode 2 14 May 2024 47m and 39s


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 vie...

Episode 1 7 May 2024 51m and 1s


Introducing...Shrink The Box Series 2

Introducing...Shrink The Box Series 2

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 lear...

Episode 10 April 2024 1m and 12s


Unveiling Anime's Influence: Analyzing Characters and Cultural Impact

Unveiling Anime's Influence: Analyzing Characters and Cultural Impact

Step into the exhilarating world where anime intersects with pop culture. Join your favorite anime experts as they delve into the exciting realms of anime, pop culture, sports, music, and fashion. Hosted by Nicholas Friedman, LeAlec Murray, and Leah President, this weekly chat show explores the captivating influence of anime on your everyday life.

A new episode of Crunchyroll Presents: The Anime Effect drops every Friday. Listen Now.

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Episode 20 February 2024 52s


Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jim Parsons - Spoiler Alert, Dinner's on Me, & More

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jim Parsons - Spoiler Alert, Dinner's on Me, & More

On his podcast, Dinner’s on Me, Jesse Tyler Ferguson is joined every Tuesday with big-name friends—like Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland, Jim Parsons, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kristen Bell, Sara Bareilles and more—for a delicious meal and candid conversation that can only happen over a glass of wine.


In this episode preview with “The Big Bang Theory” star and longtime friend, Jim Parsons, they discuss being openly gay in Hollywood, why “Spoiler Alert” is such a special film, and how he channeled his own experiences with grief for that role. (Jim Parsons's episode was recorded M...

Episode 14 August 2023 9m and 11s


28: Shrink the Inbox

28: Shrink the Inbox

BBC’s ‘Ghosts’ - we explore them further. We also ask if Homer Simpson is abusive and we answer your questions in this special bonus edition.

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We'd love to hear your comments and guest suggestions on the show. Email: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com


Shrink The Box is a Sony Music Entertainment production.

Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

To bring your brand to life in this pod...

Episode 28 8 August 2023 26m and 55s


27: Shrink the Inbox

27: Shrink the Inbox

Ben’s close encounter with an obsessive fan. Plus we ask why writers create good-looking psychopaths and we explore your character suggestions in this special bonus edition.


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Shrink The Box is a Sony Music Entertainment production.

We'd love to hear your comments and guest suggestions on the show. Email: shrinkthebox@sonymusic.com

Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

To bring your bran...

Episode 27 1 August 2023 28m and 53s


26: The Bear - Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto

26: The Bear - Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto

As Season 2 hits our screens, we reflect on the recipe that had everyone crying into their dinner, how Carmy and Ritchie approach grief differently and how advice from a Vietnamese Buddist Monk can be applied to a professional kitchen. 

The Bear is available to watch on Disney Plus. As ever, adult issues, language and spoilers will be sprinkled liberally throughout the show. 

If you want to catch the BBC show that Ben is in (as mentioned): https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p0fvlpf9/the-sixth-commandment  

If you have been affected by any of...

Episode 26 25 July 2023 52m and 28s


25: Sex Education - Otis, Eric and Adam

25: Sex Education - Otis, Eric and Adam

You’d think someone with two therapist parents would be golden. Why Otis is scared of sex. Plus what’s worse, having a parent who is strict or a smotherer? We look at what it’s like for the rest of the boys such as Eric, Adam and Jackson in the second of this two-parter on the hugely popular Netflix show.

If you have been affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode: For the UK, call SAMARITANS on 116 123 samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan.

Internationally: https://www.befrienders.org/

For UK help via ta...

Episode 25 18 July 2023 49m and 26s

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