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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2019
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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 274 Ratings

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  • Summary: Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) goes to a party as the guest of honor and ends up dead, only to awakens the next day and doing it all over again in this comedy co-created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 4, 2019
    100
    Extraordinary and thoughtfully existential. ... Russian Doll draws viewers in with questions large and small about death, depression and the redemptive power of friendship.
  2. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 25, 2019
    100
    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 humor and the warm, humanistic perspective that defines Poehler’s work.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 31, 2019
    100
    If in the end it's just a long meditation on the idea that people need people, a four-hour metaphorical expression of the fact that you have to abandon old patterns to move forward, it is wonderful all along the way and magnificent in the end. Its last minutes are as deftly handled, wise, unpredictable and rewarding as television ever is. And these ideas are no less powerful for being obvious; the world is choked with people trying to realize them in their own lives. Lyonne, especially, is marvelous, playing Nadia.
  4. 90
    It’s a great show, both surprising and affecting, and it neatly dodges the standard tropes of its familiar premise. By the end, Russian Doll builds to a climactic discovery that involves Nadia reconsidering her past, sorting through her childhood and her relationship with her mother without ever collapsing into a simple reductionist takeaway.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 1, 2019
    90
    The elements in Russian Doll may sound somewhat familiar, particularly the “Groundhog Day” repetitions; but they are all recombined to form something that is both fresh and revelatory.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 31, 2019
    80
    With its comically erudite repartee and an edge filed to an almost Pinteresque point, Russian Doll defines its TV moment: It is recklessly paced, dealt out in small, furious bites, and its finger has found a comfortingly absurdist pulse in the culture.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jan 28, 2019
    67
    Russian Doll takes a complex premise and boils it down to a simple lesson: We all, like, need each other. [1/8 Feb 2019, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 14 out of 55
  1. Feb 3, 2019
    10
    To me, perfect. Visually excellent too, almost nostalgically NY.

    Will appeal to fans of existential comedies like Adaptation, Human Nature,
    To me, perfect. Visually excellent too, almost nostalgically NY.

    Will appeal to fans of existential comedies like Adaptation, Human Nature, The Good Place etc.
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  2. Mar 12, 2019
    10
    I don't care for Natasshia Lyonne. I don't find her engaging at all. She comes off as some kind off as a female Columbo for me, so this showI don't care for Natasshia Lyonne. I don't find her engaging at all. She comes off as some kind off as a female Columbo for me, so this show has to be phenomenal because I couldn't stop watching it. I was thoroughly engaged from the first episode despite her. I'd binge another season of this just because of how much I enjoyed the story. Plus, give me more of Greta Lee any day. Hey, can you do a second season with her instead? Maybe she's why I got the High Maintenance vibe off of it? Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2019
    9
    Great quirky take on the Groundhog day trope.
    The story has heart with good pacing, twists and turns, brilliant acting, and an excellent
    Great quirky take on the Groundhog day trope.
    The story has heart with good pacing, twists and turns, brilliant acting, and an excellent soundtrack.
    At only 4 hours for the whole series, its definitely worth a watch!
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  4. Apr 20, 2019
    8
    Excelente producción de Netflix, Natasha Lyonne consigue hacerse con la pantalla al interpretar a un personaje que esta en un ciclo temporalExcelente producción de Netflix, Natasha Lyonne consigue hacerse con la pantalla al interpretar a un personaje que esta en un ciclo temporal que la lleva desde el inicio de su festejo en su fiesta de cumpleaños hasta su muerte.
    La historia va desentrama muchos personajes y situaciones que crean el camino de la protagonista, Nadia, a situaciones crudas y delirantes. Brindando un gran drama de misterio, con una comedia única y salvaje.
    Sin lugar a dudas la producción es una de las principales causantes de la aceptación de la serie, debido a que no se repara en gastos, cada escenario esta bien construido y mantiene una línea que aporta mucho a la historia, sin mencionar la contribución de los actores que aportan mucha personalidad.
    Si hay un negativo es que quizás la serie no sea para todo el mundo, el humor puede ser muy fuerte para cierta audiencia y es necesario un público que se comprometa a esperar qué es lo que sucede en la serie.
    Para mí es una serie que vale la pena ver, es original y no requiere de muchas horas para finalizarla. Solo por lo innovadora es una recomendable.
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  5. Feb 28, 2019
    7
    There is a little bit of repetitiveness to it and I feel that it easily could have been an episode or two shorter just to address the pacingThere is a little bit of repetitiveness to it and I feel that it easily could have been an episode or two shorter just to address the pacing issues. Aside from that, It was a good show. Great performances and I liked the plot enough to keep going. It was a great show about people finally confronting their demons and learning how to let go. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2019
    6
    Slightly disappointing.

    There is a lot that can be said about a well-executed concept of a time loop and that was definitely falling on the
    Slightly disappointing.

    There is a lot that can be said about a well-executed concept of a time loop and that was definitely falling on the weak side on the execution (Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow are the best in terms of televised experience).
    Still, an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
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  7. Feb 21, 2019
    0
    People giving this positive reviews must have very low standards for tv shows. I found this show painful to watch. The main character isPeople giving this positive reviews must have very low standards for tv shows. I found this show painful to watch. The main character is extremely unlikeable and seems to be made of glass considering how easily she dies over and over. The show just doesn't go anywhere and is boring. Couldn't make it through the first season. Expand

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