Russian Doll: Season 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: Russian Doll may be stuck in a time loop, but this endlessly inventive series never repeats itself as it teeters on a seesaw of shifting tones -- from fatally funny to mournfully sad -- that is balanced with exhilarating moxie by an astonishing Natasha Lyonne.


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Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019
Air date: Feb 1, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Russian Doll Season 1

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (28)

It's directed with some flair by Headland, who bathes Nadia's New York in a kind of nicotine haze and who manages the crowd scenes with nice comic facility.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

With the same humanity and attention to detail that it vests in all its intricacies, Russian Doll unwinds how the incoherent, shame-laden cultural image of mental illness diverges from -- and worsens -- the real thing.

Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) could rival even Annie Hall as a New York icon.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Its eight tightly scripted 20-minute episodes are funny, moving, and sometimes existentially terrifying.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

There are a whole lot of ideas here -- a few thrown against the wall to see if they'll stick -- but the real pleasure of this four-hour head trip are the performances. Lyonne is outstanding.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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It's a performance where the actor understands the character so well, down to every little gesture she makes, every twitch of her face, that it's startling, at times, to remember she's fictional.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show bends time and space to help us think about why it is so difficult to break out of destructive loops even within linear time. And it gives us a beautiful, vivacious vision of why it is worth trying all the same.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

A fresh take on a repetitive story, Russian Doll is so powerful, intriguing, and funny in all the right places, you'll wish you could go back and experience it all over again.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Russian Dollis absent of the deep thought its creators suggest.... To misquote Derrida more brutally than Jordan Peterson: there is nothing inside this text.

Mar 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Captivating, original and perfectly executed. [Full Review in Spanish]

Feb 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Russian Doll: Season 1


The series exists in a sweet spot between Black Mirror and The Good Place. It's smart, genuinely funny, and surprisingly dark with a superb, Emmy-worthy performance from Natasha Lyonne and the phenomenal supporting cast.

Matthew SamuelM

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