Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Lady Dynamite

Critics Consensus

Maria Bamford's Lady Dynamite is a vibrant, subversive, sweet, meta-fictional ride - but also a courageous, boundary-busting and ultimately deep portrayal of a troubled psyche.



Critic Ratings: 37


Audience Score

User Ratings: 216
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Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
Air date: May 20, 2016
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A comedy series based on the life of comedian Maria Bamford that tells the story of a woman's chaotic life.


Maria Bamford
as Herself
Ana Gasteyer
as Karen Grisham
Carlos Antonio
as Oscar
Fred Melamed
as Bruce Ben-Bacharach
Ed Begley Jr.
as Joel Bamford
Mary Kay Place
as Marilyn Bamford
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Critic Reviews for Lady Dynamite Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (20)

Welcome to Lady Dynamite, where not knowing exactly what's going on is half the fun.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Lady Dynamite was a blast of technicolour goofiness. Characters turned into animals. There were cartoon interludes. Bamford's adorable pug spoke with the voice of Werner Herzog. Time and again, the joyful strangeness outweighed the fear.

May 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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".

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 31, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 21, 2016 | Full Review…

As fodder for contemporary comedy, mental illness and the casual cruelty of Hollywood - not to mention thinly veiled autobiography - have been done death.

May 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 26, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

May 23, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lady Dynamite: Season 1

  • Aug 02, 2018
    do yourself a huge favor and watch this now.
  • Apr 09, 2018
    annoying show from someone who is usually sfairly funny
  • Nov 27, 2017
    funny so funny! Amazing and smart! Please more seasons!!
  • Nov 10, 2017
    It's about time Maria Bamford had her own show. One of the best Netflix originals this year
  • May 25, 2017
    Maria Bamford is my spirit animal.
  • Aug 29, 2016
    So 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.
  • Aug 21, 2016
    I like this so much that I'm re-watching them. It took me a couple of episodes to get into it, but I'm totally hooked. Excellent mix of surreality and self-deprecation. Also does a really good job of using humor to discuss mental health issues.
  • Jul 05, 2016
    this show annoys me from the start and seams not to fail to continue - 93% really? did anybody really watch the show?
  • Jun 29, 2016
    Meta and awkward, but just not funny
  • Jun 28, 2016
    I'm trying and I really want to like this. Hope the 2nd half of season 1 is better.

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