A contender for series villain emerges less than 10 minutes into the first episode of Showtime’s Couples Therapy. “I don’t have complicated needs. I am utterly transparent and completely communicative about what it is I want. I’m also totally consistent. I am the easiest person to deal with,” explains one handsome and confrontational husband, sitting next to his wife of 23 years. (“Says you,” she counters, weakly.) “What I want is to have zero responsibility, to have all the sex I want, without any work on my part of any kind. Like, zero work, zero thinking about it—and it has to be both spectacular and enthusiastic and genuine.” In moments like this, it’s clear why Couples Therapy has gripped viewers across America and beyond since 2019 and is set to expand into Australia this year. For nine 30-minute episodes, we’re invited to watch real people This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Three Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 43 Amia Srinivasan Amia Srinivasan on the philosophy of sex. Arts & Culture Issue 43 David Erritzoe On the mind-bending potential of psychedelics. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Study: Tricks of the Mind The cognitive processing errors that shape us all. Arts & Culture Issue 43 The Alt-Right Wellness Loop Where alt-health meets the alt-right. Arts & Culture Issue 43 My Favorite Thing David Erritzoe shares the vial that sparked psychedelic thinking. Arts & Culture Issue 42 An Open Mind The making of a modern public intellectual.