Less than an hour ago, I finished a new Netflix Original Series. After texting all my friends about my latest binge watching experience, I picked up my laptop and began writing this post. While I would usually wait until I have four additional fresh TV shows to recommend before providing y’all with a post, I feel that this series is just too good to wait. I know I tend to say this about a lot of the shows I recommend (that’s why I like to recommend them), but this series is just incredible. It is so witty and philosophically inclined, that I simply could not pull myself away from my screen. I even went as far as watching an episode while running on the treadmill at the gym, because who cares about fitness when Natasha Lyonne is tearing people down with her razor sharp comebacks? Please enjoy this Fresh TV Show Recommendation.
Comedy| 1 Season| 24-30m
Created By: Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, Amy Poehler
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley
I’ve been a fan of Natasha Lyonne since I saw her in But I’m a Cheerleader (1999) when I was in elementary school (why I was watching that wild movie while I was in elementary is a story for another day). She has always had this unique edge to her that I don’t normally see in other actresses and it’s been a pleasure to watch her steadily get work over the years. However, I couldn’t help but notice that she has always been considered less as the leading lady and more as “the witty best friend.” While she has always excelled in her position, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I wanted to see her at the forefront of more projects. Thankfully, these hopes were answered with her new Netflix series, Russian Doll.
A benefit of this series is going into it with as little knowledge as possible, so I’m just gonna give you a basic run-through as to not spoil this roller coaster. Walking the fine line between hilarious comedy and a dissection of childhood trauma, Russian Doll works on a multitude of levels, and excels as a vehicle for Natasha Lyonne to showcase her limitless range. Lyonne plays Nadia Vulvokov, a software engineer living in New York who just so happens to keep dying on her 36th birthday. Curious to solve the mystery of her own immortality (mortality?), Nadia sets out on a journey to discover the cause of this Groundhog Day (1993) experience before she dies for good. While this may sound reminiscent of Happy Death Day (2017), it quickly becomes its own thing that goes in a totally different direction than that hit horror film. Featuring a couple of Lyonne’s fellow Orange is the New Black castmates, Russian Doll will surely speak to the the interest of anyone who is fan of that series, but also to those that are not. I highly recommend it.