Some shows just creep right up on you and knock you off your feet.
The Haunting of Hill House was one of those where I happened to hear murmurs of it being quite good and then by the time I’d finished it everyone was going on about it.
Russian Doll may well be that next one; the eight-episode TV series following game developer Nadia – played by Natasha Lyonne of Orange Is The New Black fame – as she dies over and over and over again.
In a Groundhog Day-type situation she is forced to relive the evening repeatedly dying in increasingly unexpected and painful ways after each reset.
Oh, and it keeps happening on her birthday too. Give the girl a break!
Anyway, as I previously said, it’s your new TV obsession. But don’t take my word for it, listen to those supposedly in the know, Rotten Tomatoes, as their critic’s score stands at 100%.
A number of other critics have been raving about the series too, with NPR’s Linda Holmes writing:
“It’s a performance where the actor understands the character so well, down to every little gesture she makes, every twitch of her face, that it’s startling, at times, to remember she’s fictional.”
Verne Gay from Newsday writes:
“There are a whole lot of ideas here — a few thrown against the wall to see if they’ll stick — but the real pleasure of this four-hour head trip are the performances. Lyonne is outstanding.”
Finished RUSSIAN DOLL in one sitting and now feel bereft — the rare Netflix series that left me wishing there were more of it, just so I could spend a little more time in the company of the characters
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) February 3, 2019
Oh my god. Russian Doll is so fucking good
— Carey O'Donnell (@ecareyo) February 4, 2019
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) February 3, 2019
Lyonne not only stars in Russian Doll, but she’s also the co-creator of it, along with Leslye Headland, and Parks And Recreation’s Amy Poehler. So she’s in good company.
Speaking with Indiewire, Headland discussed the inspiration behind the quirky show:
“It was just one of those things where every time we [Headland and Poehler] hung out, we would talk about this phantom show. Like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a show that was about a woman that wasn’t about her career or a guy or her kids or…?’
Like, what if there was a show with a female protagonist that was just kind of an existential, spiritual, relationship-based — meaning like a true relationship between humans — show?”
Russian Doll is currently streaming on Netflix – go and see what all the fuss is about!
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