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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2019
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89

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7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 200 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: 24 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 13 out of 37
  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. Feb 5, 2019
    10
    Under cover of great comedy is hidden deeply touching drama - its an art to build that kind of show and not being shallow, empty and boring -Under cover of great comedy is hidden deeply touching drama - its an art to build that kind of show and not being shallow, empty and boring - chapeau bas for creators. Construction and twists in the show made me feel impressed. Complete show - contains everything to entertain a viewer, made him think and made him feel. Very recommended - its a diamond. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2019
    9
    I hadn't checked out any trailers. I just went on the title and a picture of the redhead from Orange is the New Black. Ended up binging it inI hadn't checked out any trailers. I just went on the title and a picture of the redhead from Orange is the New Black. Ended up binging it in one sitting. Worth checking out for the pretentious soundtrack alone. ;-) Expand
  4. Feb 6, 2019
    8
    Very interesting ! I watched it in one day so, I can say I really enjoyed it !
  5. Feb 2, 2019
    7
    Good but short of great. Glad they were 8 half hour eps rather than killing us with 10 hour longs which would have done the same thing butGood but short of great. Glad they were 8 half hour eps rather than killing us with 10 hour longs which would have done the same thing but bored me to death. Overall interesting, amusing and entertaining. The lower east side vibe rang more true than not, though the "rules" of the overall experience weren't ever clear, and the neat tie up at the end wasn't very satisfying at all. Just want to tell Natasha to ease up on the schtick a little sometimes, it's funny/quirky for the most part, but I'd just like to see her deliver ONE character who wasn't so committed to channeling Jackie Mason 24/7. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2019
    1
    Unbearably pretentious and trite. Not the least bit funny. and wtf is up with Poehler's weird make-up (Amy I love you but this was a hugeUnbearably pretentious and trite. Not the least bit funny. and wtf is up with Poehler's weird make-up (Amy I love you but this was a huge waste of your talents)!? Terribly over-rated. Expand
  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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