Lady Dynamite: Season 1 Reviews

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June 25, 2019
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.
September 26, 2016
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.
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 25, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 25, 2016
In this era of the sad comedy, when humor seldom leads to laughter, connections are forged through alienation, and pleasure is shared misery. We are all comedians now.
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 20, 2016
It's a brainteaser that the viewer has to unravel (not something we usually have to do with comedies), but it's very satisfying when you do.
May 19, 2016
When Lady Dynamite hits on the right absurd note, it is spectacularly funny and feels original and vibrant.
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-
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