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Russian Doll 

A cynical young woman in New York City keeps dying and returning to the party that's being thrown in her honor on that same evening. She tries to find a way out of this strange time loop.
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Friday, February 1

Nadia and Alan look for each other and finally cross paths at the deli. Something's not right but they're not giving up on each other.


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Cast

Series cast summary:
Natasha Lyonne ...  Nadia Vulvokov 8 episodes, 2019
Charlie Barnett ...  Alan Zaveri 8 episodes, 2019
Greta Lee ...  Maxine 7 episodes, 2019
Elizabeth Ashley ...  Ruth Brenner 6 episodes, 2019
Rebecca Henderson ...  Lizzy 6 episodes, 2019
Jeremy Bobb ...  Mike Kershaw 5 episodes, 2019
Ritesh Rajan ...  Farran 5 episodes, 2019
Yul Vazquez ...  John Reyes 4 episodes, 2019
Dascha Polanco ...  Beatrice 4 episodes, 2019
Brendan Sexton III ...  Horse 4 episodes, 2019
Yoni Lotan ...  Ryan 4 episodes, 2019
Ken Beck 3 episodes, 2019
Max Knoblauch 3 episodes, 2019
Tatiana E. Rivera Tatiana E. Rivera ...  Lucy 2 episodes, 2019
Jodi Lennon 2 episodes, 2019
Charisma Glasper Charisma Glasper ...  Jordana 2 episodes, 2019
Tawny Sorensen ...  Bartender 2 episodes, 2019
Burt Young ...  Joe 2 episodes, 2019
Alberto Bonilla ...  Professor 2 episodes, 2019
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Storyline

On Nadia's 36th birthday she is struck by a car and killed, only to finds herself alive and well, back at her own birthday party earlier that night. When she dies again and her timeline resets, Nadia begins to question her own sanity as she strives to unravel the mystery of why and how this is all happening.

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Taglines:

Dying is Easy. It's Living That's Hard.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Netflix

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The series features a similar premise to Groundhog Day (1993) and premiered on February 1, 2019, the day before Groundhog Day, which is every February 2. "Groundhog Day" itself premiered February 4, 1993. See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Get Up
Written and performed by Harry Nilsson
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User Reviews

This is not a comedy (fortunately).
2 February 2019 | by AristarchosTheArchivistSee all my reviews

Wow. What a ride. This series compelled me to reactivate my account to write a review.

First of all - please do not expect laugh out loud comedy. This is a very dark and sometimes very unpleasant series. Yet, it is sometimes hilarious in its own way.

The story of Russian Doll is based on a now often used device, granted. But it is by no means formulaic. In fact, there are so many twists and turns in the development section of the 8 episodes, you will be glued to the screen.

Some people didn't like the main character, calling her nasty and unpleasant. But this is the point of the series! She is a deeply troubled person. But trust me, she will become likeable soon enough - and stay tuned for the arrival of another main character (played by Charlie Barnett), who totally makes up for everything cringeworthy the potty-mouthed character played by Natasha Lyonne did until this point.

In the end, I promise you, you will have watched a cathartic experience that will leave you very happy.

On the technical level, Russian Doll is unusually well shot. The lighting reminds me of classic Mario Bava movies (I think this is intentional), and the music is very well sought.

So, go watch this, and please watch beyond episode 3, you will thank me later.

If only all takes on old plot devices were this awesome! Netflix, you need to give us more like this, not that narcissistic crap that so often pops up lately (Girl Boss, Insatiable with TRULY unlikeable characters).


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