Russian Doll: Season 1 (2019)

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Critics 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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Critic Ratings: 85

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User Ratings: 1524
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Air date: Feb 1, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Russian Doll Season 1

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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…
Top Critic

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…
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Russian Doll is already an early contender for show of the year.

Jul 2, 2019 | Full Review…

A brilliant tale of morality and mortality that finds an expert balance between sincerity, cutting comedy, and wild genre flourish.

Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It may not have the most original premise, but the Netflix series Russian Doll doesn't let its unoriginality get in the way of delivering an entertaining, affecting tale. Darkly amusing and touchingly poignant...

May 21, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The comic situations are not abundant, but it does have sharp and funny dialogues, which stand out with Nadia's dysphonic tone. [Full review in Spanish]

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Russian Doll: Season 1

  • Aug 07, 2019
    The start of the show catches your interest. The middle keeps you watching. Then the end leaves you wanting more😩👏
  • Jul 31, 2019
    One of the greatest shows, period, I've seen in a long time. The metaphysical aspects are intense, and yet not overwrought. In the end, this is the perfect blend of darkly humorous and actually life-affirming. Natasha Lyonne is *perfect* here.
  • Jul 23, 2019
    What a pleasant surprise! When I first read the synopsis of this show I decided to skip it 'cuz it just sounded like Groundhog Day all over again. Once I saw the critical praise and Emmy nominations I decided to give it a try...and binged the whole thing. An easy binge since the episodes are about 20 minutes and there are only 8 of them. This is a well-written, well-acted, well-produced, smart, darkly funny, philosophical, deeply affecting show. If you've been on the fence about watching this, do not hesitate...watch it NOW!
  • Jul 23, 2019
    When it begins, I thought it was a dark comedy. It quickly turns into a procedural, with Nadia exploring leads and clues into her predicament. It takes several more turns into the unexpected as key characters arrive. A very enjoyable, unpredictable journey.
  • Jul 21, 2019
    Sure, the premise was kind of stolen from Groundhog Day, and maybe the script could have been tighter, here and there, but overall Russian Doll offers a very funny and smart view on the relativity of time and it adds some philosophical ideas on life and death. The main character is a foul mouth and a self-destructive woman of 36 that winds up in a loop where she dies over and over again, until she finds some sort of redemption. The search for the way out of this loop is interesting and exciting. It also gives the story a certain drive, as viewers are constantly tempted to draw the wrong conclusions about the reasons why the main character has to go through this seemingly neverending loop of dying and always ending up at the same place and time, again, so she has the chance to do a better job next time. Definitely worth viewing!
  • Jul 17, 2019
    The Groundhog Day premise does not fully evolve into a satisfaying conclusion, but Natasha Lyonne's outstanding timing keeps the show at an above the surface level.
  • Jun 30, 2019
    nice music. nice camera. nice actors. very touching ending. I think don't need season2 because story is well organized.
  • Jun 25, 2019
    So creative and original! Can't wait to see what happens next!
  • Jun 23, 2019
    Could have been a good series. Who knows, since me and the gf couldn't even get through the first 2 episodes of politically charged contnet 😂😂😂!
  • Jun 23, 2019
    Absolutely brilliant, funny, sad, existential, philosophical, and profound. One of the best TV shows of the year! What a rare gem. Needs to win several awards. Natasha Lyonne is amazing. Reminds me of the depth and tragic comedy of "Bojack Horseman."

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