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Lady Dynamite: Season 1 Reviews

June 14, 2016
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.
May 26, 2016
It works, shimmying between hilarious attacks on Hollywood and beautifully painful comedy about mental illness. It's a challenge and it takes several episodes before its latent power is fully unleashed.
May 23, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 20, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2016
I feel compelled to at least try to convey the winning sense of goofiness and sincere (if absurd) heart that makes this more than just another show about an underemployed comedian confronting a personal crisis.
May 20, 2016
With Lady Dynamite, her Netflix original series, Maria Bamford has finally found the perfect showcase for her darkly hopeful worldview.
May 20, 2016
Lady Dynamite manages to distinguish itself thanks to the sui generis weirdness and sunny-side-of-the-street disposition of its creator.
May 20, 2016
Bamford herself is the source of most of the show's offbeat charm.
May 19, 2016
Lady Dynamite has its own bizarre-sincere voice and its own dream logic. It's something else, in a good way: a journey to the center of Ms. Bamford's mind that dives through fantasy after loopy fantasy and emerges with something real.
May 19, 2016
It is cheerful, dark, surreal, profane, aspirational, meta-fictional and packed with people playing versions of themselves or other people entirely.
May 18, 2016
By focusing on Bamford's mental health struggles, Lady Dynamite turns into something deeper, more challenging, and ultimately, more rewarding than a winking self-parody.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 18, 2016
Welcome to Lady Dynamite, where not knowing exactly what's going on is half the fun.
May 18, 2016
Lady Dynamite plays something like that Netflix season of Arrested Development: Here's a character you might love, but adrift in unrewarding circumstances.
May 17, 2016
Yes, anything can happen in Bamford's world, and that sense of endless possibility makes Lady Dynamite a joy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 17, 2016
This excellent Netflix series has a subversive and ultimately sweet flavor all its own.
May 16, 2016
Committing thoroughly is what Lady Dynamite does best, because there are moments here that stray as close to a Charlie Kaufman-style fragmented depiction of a troubled psyche as anything I've seen on TV.
May 16, 2016
If you ever doubted that it takes heaps of courage to create great, boundary-busting comedy, just binge yourself silly with the 12-episode first season of Maria Bamford's off-the-wall Netflix show, Lady Dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4