When I first heard that Natasha Lyonne, one of my favorite comedic actresses, had been cast in the new Netflix series Russian Doll, I was beyond excited. The show premiered on February 1st, and I’ve spent the last few days binge-watching it, and here’s my review of the show based on the first season. A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll

Russian Doll: Season 2 (2022)

It’s been a few years since Nadia Vulvokov made her way through an endless night to awaken in a strange room. In season two, she embarks on a journey that throws her past in her face, challenging everything she thought she knew about life and death. You won’t want to miss it! 2.3 / 5 stars 69% Rotten Tomatoes

‘Russian Doll’ Season 2: Natasha Lyonne on Ending

We Will Find a Way to Wrap It Up. I want to know what happens to Nadia and Lorna, Lyonne said. I just want it to be so satisfying and good. And I think we will find a way to wrap it up in some way that feels really special. So if people are worried about that, they don’t have to be.

Emmy Awards Winning Russian Doll

The comedy-drama series Russian Doll which won Emmys for outstanding comedy series and lead actress in a comedy on Thursday is set to release its second season in February. Although the new season will begin with a new plotline. The show’s initial plot follows Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne) who keeps dying at her 36th birthday party over and over again.

Russian Doll: Season 2 (2022) trailer

It’s worth it to watch through Season 1 just to see how completely off-the-rails they go in Season 2. Don’t get me wrong—Season 1 was a charming and extremely funny show that I wholeheartedly recommend watching before you die (note: check out my review for more information)—but for me, it paled in comparison to Season 2.

A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll

russian doll season 2 review

The show has recently been renewed for a second season on Netflix! If you’re not a fan of spoilers, be warned: it looks like Nadia will be encountering her mother again. I have so many questions about what happened between them in their relationship and what life was like after Nadia’s brother died. Hopefully season 2 will shed some light on these mysterious events! We also get to see Nadia go back to work at Google, which is really interesting to me because she left that job in order to travel around Europe with her boyfriend. It seems like she ended up leaving him while they were there and came back home without any real direction—which is why she got fired from Google. She then found herself living with an ex-girlfriend who had moved on with someone else, which resulted in more heartbreak when they broke up. So much heartbreak! And now we find out that she had another child? What?! I want answers!! This show is such a roller coaster ride; it’s hard to know what’s going to happen next but that makes me want more and more episodes (and seasons)!

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Storyline season 2 A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll

Nadia’s life is not turning out as she planned. Despite her many roles in life – wife, sister, daughter – Nadia feels lost and unhappy. She finds herself in a number of surreal circumstances that push her to both examine her life and question her place in it. Season 2 continues to explore Nadia’s journey toward understanding herself and getting a grip on her chaotic world. At once sarcastic and sad, Russian Doll remains grounded by a realistic emotional core.

Russian Doll season 2 cast

Although nothing is official yet, don’t be surprised if you start seeing a ton of news about season 2 in 2019. That’s when most Netflix shows are released; for example, Stranger Things season 3 was released on July 4th. (There were also some rumors that Jon Hamm would appear in season 2; however, according to Lyonne on Twitter: Sadly, [Jon Hamm] will not be in Season 2.

Storyline season 1 A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll

I’m a huge fan of Natasha Lyonne—she was in my favorite movie for a long time (But I’m A Cheerleader), and she is really funny on both Another Period and Orange Is The New Black. Needless to say, I was excited when I heard she was going to be starring in a new show on Netflix. But what makes or breaks a series is not necessarily its stars. What matters most is how well it’s written. And luckily, Russian Doll has an excellent story line that keeps you wanting more. This comedy-drama follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne) as she relives her 36th birthday over and over again. She wakes up every morning at 8:02 am in an apartment building stairwell next to a dead body; each day until her death, she must figure out who killed her before it happens again…and again…and again!

A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll
A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll

Russian Doll season 1 cast

Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee and Elizabeth Ashley. The series was created by Lyonne with her two creative partners – Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). The series started filming in September 2018. Many critics say that it might be one of my favorite shows of 2019. I’m recommending it to all my friends! It’s definitely worth watching.

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Actors

Now, Russian Doll was created by 3 big-name actresses: Leslye Headland (Sleeping with Other People), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is The New Black), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). All three women have unique talents that they bring to their different projects. I’m not sure what drew them together on Russian Doll; maybe it was Poehler who pitched it to Headland and Lyonne.

Production quality

The series is beautifully shot in NYC; great casting and acting; original concept; bold storyline. Russian Doll takes a unique approach to storytelling by weaving together a number of different timelines from start to finish—with each episode being just under one hour long (8:44). If you like short-form storytelling, you’ll love that you can watch all eight episodes back-to-back. If not, it’s still an easy binge.

Ratings

I’m a big fan of Natasha Lyonne in her other work so when I heard she was coming out with a new show on Netflix called Russian Doll I was curious to see what it would be like. The show is created by Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler and features an all female crew for directing and writing (which is always great to see!). With those awesome credentials behind it, there had to be something special about it.

Inclusion A Review of the New Netflix Show Russian Doll

I enjoy watching TV shows and movies, as it helps me relax. But as someone who spends a lot of time on my phone and laptop at home, I also like to sit down with a controller in hand for an hour or two playing games on Steam. I was happy to hear about ‘Russian Doll’, a new Netflix show created by Amy Poehler and co-written by Leslye Headland.

Q & A

Is it as dark as advertised? How did they allude to a suicide without actually showing one? Is Nadia’s depression too upbeat in a comedic setting? What is Natasha Lyonne doing with her career?! And why do we love her so much? In our Q&A (below), we ask some insightful questions (and provide some not-so-insightful answers) about Russian Doll. We also talk a little bit about what it’s like to spend two hours in a bathtub.

What is the point of Russian Doll?

This is a question that you may ask yourself while watching Russian Doll. Every episode is just one day in Nadia’s life. She has been dead for nine years now, and she finds out that her death may not have been as accidental as it was made to seem. Nadia also finds out more about herself along with why she keeps dying and coming back every time she does die.

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How did Russian Doll season 1 end?

How did Nadia’s journey end? On February 1st, 2019 Netflix premiered a new show that follows a woman named Nadia through her very surreal existence. She is invited to a party from a friend she hasn’t seen in ten years and finds herself looking for love and acceptance once again. This show has left us wanting more; after each episode we have questions about who each character is and what motivates them.

What is Russian Doll called?

Name is an important aspect to consider when trying to sell a show. If you think about it, most people only know a show by its name. If someone asks me what I thought about The Good Place they’re probably referring to NBC’s fantasy sitcom from 2016-2017.

What does a Russian Doll tattoo mean?

Nadia Vulvokov is an American comedy-drama television series created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler that premiered on Netflix on February 1, 2019. The series follows Nadia Vulvokov (Lyonne), a woman who keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party over and over again.

Why are they called nesting dolls?

The name nesting doll is attributed to a European folktale about a king and queen who didn’t have any children. The king vowed that if he ever had a daughter, she would be given many dolls as presents. The day his wife gave birth to a girl, the king ordered that all their possessions should be counted so his daughter would not lose her heritage.

Is Russian Doll creepy?

The question I kept asking myself while watching Russian Doll was whether or not it was creepy. The answer, as you may have already guessed from looking at that trailer and reading that synopsis is yes! It’s one of those shows that starts off as something lighthearted with a touch of sci-fi drama and ends up becoming about death and its hold on us. Now for me personally I think it is a brilliant idea to blend comedy with horror.

Who plays the homeless guy in Russian Doll?

This homeless man is played by Eugene Cordero who is most widely known for his work in The Tick and The Sopranos. In addition to those roles, he has also appeared in films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Rush Hour 2. He co-starred on Silicon Valley as Gavin Belson’s right hand man Jared Dunn. He was recently cast in a comedy pilot produced by Amy Poehler.

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