Now the platform’s newest comedy Russian Doll is already making all the right noises amongst critic, with it being dubbed “2019’s best new show to date”.
Sure 2019 is still pretty fresh, but the rest of the reviews are pretty impressive too.
However, everyone seems to be saying the same thing – it’s exactly like Black Mirror.
Russian Doll = Black Mirror
— ricaley (@R1caley) 8 February 2019
— Juline Skye (@juline_skye) 8 February 2019
Russian Doll is an eight-hour Black Mirror episode #RussianDollNetflix
— Bryan Villaruel (@BryanAVillaruel) 10 February 2019
If you like Black Mirror you should like Russian Doll #Netflix
— Cathers H (@Cathers_H) 8 February 2019
russian doll’s storytelling is what black mirror was trying to achieve with bandersnatch but couldn’t
— stevoen (@ishtiben) 9 February 2019
Huh. Russian Doll was way more Black Mirror than I expected.
— Tara Gelsomino (@Taragel) 3 February 2019
— Rachael (@angelrachael791) 6 February 2019
Russian Doll stars Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black, American Pie) as a woman trying to escape a party that is being thrown in her honour, but upon leaving, she is killed in a car accident, and then wakes up… back at the party.
Over and over, she is killed and killed again, and each and every time she winds up back in the middle of the party she is trying to escape.
Here are the early reviews for Netflix’s new comedy:
“The show is so striking and smart that I made a note to include it on my favourite TV shows of 2019 immediately after blowing through the season–which is saying something, since that was back in December of 2018. But part of what makes the series so special is how it’s meticulously constructed, shedding layer after surprising layer until the bittersweet end.” – Variety
“2019’s best new show to date, a cerebral yet propulsive eight-episode dramedy. … [Nadia’s] arc feels like the ideal fusion of Lyonne’s gruff authenticity, Headland’s acerbic humour and the warm, humanistic perspective that defines Poehler’s work.” – Time
“Much of Nadia’s predicament is hilariously absurd but the show also never loses sight of the fact that she’s dying, again and again, often in front of people who care about her more than she’s comfortable admitting. That blend of tones, and the controlled mania of Lyonne’s brilliant performance makes Russian Doll feel like something wholly new, even as it cops to its many influences.” – Rolling Stone
“What Russian Doll has is heart – but heart without cheap sentiment or bosh. It is matter-of-fact in acknowledging modern failure and disillusion, without ever trying to nail it down, avoiding the tones of hectoring obviousness that mars recent items-in-vogue like BlackKkKlansman and the bratty jabber of Aaron Sorkin scripts. In a soothing, down-to-earth way that doesn’t have all the answers, Lyonne and company show us how to deal with the deaths, literal and figurative, we face every day.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Russian Doll: Season One is available to stream now.