Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s New York Times bestselling novel Fleishman Is in Trouble is coming to the small screen. According to Deadline, FX and ABC Signature are moving forward with a nine episode limited series in the works for FX on Hulu.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner via Deadline

Taffy Brodesser-Akner via Deadline

What’s Happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that FX has ordered a limited series based on the novel Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.
  • The limited series has reportedly been in development since mid 2019 when ABC Signature Studios secured the rights in a ten-way bidding war beating out HBO and others.
  • As was the plan at the time, Signature will produce the series for FX which will now stream exclusively on FX on Hulu.
  • Brodesser-Akner is attached to write the nine-episode limited series as well as serve as an executive producer.
  • Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Susannah Grant will also executive produce.
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble is Brodesser-Akner’s first novel and the FX adaptation will be her first TV writing credit.


  • Fleishman Is in Trouble centers on recently separated forty-something Toby Fleishman, who dives into the brave new world of app-based dating with the kind of success he never had dating in his youth, before he got married at the tail-end of medical school. But just at the start of his first summer of sexual freedom, his ex-wife, Rachel, disappears, leaving him with the kids and no hint of where she is or whether she plans to return. As he balances parenting, the return of old friends, a promotion at the hospital that is a long time coming, and all the eligible women that Manhattan has to offer, he realizes that he’ll never be able to figure out what happened to Rachel until he can take a more honest look at what happened to their marriage in the first place.”

What They’re Saying:

  • Gina Balian, President, Original Programming, FX: “Fleishman is in Trouble offers an unsparing, modern take on life, love and commitment in Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s terrific debut novel and we are thrilled that she is adapting it as a limited series for FX.”
  • Author Taffy Brodesser-Akner: “I’m thrilled to be extending Fleishman’s life onto the screen with such smart, thoughtful and courageous partners. When I was writing this book, my aim was to resolve for myself the mystifying dynamics and politics of marriage and middle age. Writing the book didn’t help much, so I’m hoping that making this show does the trick.”
  • Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature: “Lisa, Tracy and I fell in love with Taffy’s searing novel and were ecstatic she chose us and our partners at FX as her home. Along with Sarah, Carl and Susannah, we can’t wait for Taffy’s vision for the series to deliver equal water cooler addiction that her book garnered upon debut.”