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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.