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Welcome to Lady Dynamite, where not knowing exactly what's going on is half the fun.
This odd, kaleidoscopic series from Maria Bamford is great, if you like twisted scripted comedy, the theme of mental illness, and hallucinogenic flights of fancy, which I do.
In a world where "be more badass!" seems to be the feminist rallying cry du jour, Bamford's insistence on nurturing the self and helping others is strikingly gentle.
It's a show that follows the well-worn track of stand-up-comic-does-TV but it ambitiously seeks to subvert not just the sitcom genre, but more dangerously the stand-up-comic-does-TV sitcom genre. It's risky, but it pays off.
Maria Bamford -- her measured openness, her mingled fear and hope, her earnest desire to do good and to do well -- is the flame that gives Lady Dynamite's its warmth and its fire.
She has a rare knack for playing up the laugh-out-loud absurdities of this surreal premise, all without ignoring the struggles she's depicting.
It's a show that says, "you're not alone and never will be". It's also a show that says, "let's laugh about our problems and look at some cute pugs".
A series like Lady Dynamite proves that there is room for comedy that is genuinely fresh and surprising, even if it also makes you a little uncomfortable.
It's also super funny. We sometimes forget to say that about shows taking on such heavy subject matter in unvarnished ways, but Lady Dynamite is super funny.
The premise of Lady Dynamite, at least at the beginning, is the same as the considerably more lo-fi original, but the woman has upped her game to giddy new heights.
The key to loving Lady Dynamite isn't dissecting Lady Dynamite. It's far wiser to sit back, relax, and enjoy the strange currents of Maria Bamford's mind.
Audience Reviews for Lady Dynamite: Season 1
4d agoLove this show! So much talent.
Apr 02, 2021I really hate this a lot
Jan 16, 2021Maria Bamford is hilarious!! One of a kind.
Nov 13, 2020Hilarious, brave, and completely manic Lady Dynamite proves one thing for sure: Maria Bamford was long overdue for her own show. Its humor could fit well in an Adult Swim lineup, but its unwillingness to shy away from the star's own struggles with mental illness elevate this show above other offerings.
Aug 02, 2018do yourself a huge favor and watch this now.
Apr 09, 2018annoying show from someone who is usually sfairly funny
Nov 27, 2017funny so funny! Amazing and smart! Please more seasons!!
Nov 10, 2017It's about time Maria Bamford had her own show. One of the best Netflix originals this year
May 25, 2017Maria Bamford is my spirit animal.
Aug 29, 2016So funny and fresh - if you've enjoyed her stand up this will be up your alley. I think it's the most laugh-out-loud new show this year.