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Co-created by Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler. According to Lyonne, they pitched it to Netflix as a three-season series, making two more seasons possible if it was a success with viewers.
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Like her character, Natasha Lyonne is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors.
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The show was brought to life using an all-female team of creators, writers and directors.
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The song that plays in the beginning and when Nadia "resets" is "Gotta Get Up" by American singer Harry Nilsson from his 1971 album "Nilsson Schmilsson."
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"Gotta Get Up" was the producers' first choice for Nadia's "reset" song, but they also considered "Crazy Feeling" by Lou Reed, "Not Tonight" by Lil' Kim, and "No Fun" by The Stooges.
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The last name of protagonist Nadia Vulvokov, played by Natasha Lyonne, is a play on the word "vulva" and is not a real Russian surname. The name Nadia is short for Nadezhda and means "hope" in Russian.
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According to an interview with costume designer Jennifer Rogien, most characters are dressed in muted colors to create an unsettling atmosphere. Strong colors are used to convey symbolic meanings: the scarlet blouse Nadia wears if she survives the first night "projects the sense of a strange warmth in a very cold world," and with the exception of Maxine's outfit, the color blue was deliberately avoided because it "connotes a calm and tranquility that is not present in 'Russian Doll.'"
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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.
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In Elizabeth Ashley character's home there's a picture of her and real life second ex-husband George Peppard on the mantle.
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Alan's music is Beethoven's piano concerto no. 4
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Natasha Lyonne and Dascha Polanco previously worked together on Orange Is the New Black (2013); Charlie Barnett also appeared in one episode.
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In the flashback to 1991, you can clearly see the signage for Sunny and Annie's. This bodega did not open until 1997, which shown on the other side of the sign that the viewer cannot see
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Many scenes take place around and inside a bar on 7th St and Ave B in New York. This is a popular filming location, noticeable by the two red doors on the corner. This bar also appears in The Godfather Part II
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The Alan and Nadia that emerge from the tunnel are dressed as the last iterations of their characters. Alan wears the red and white scarf around his neck, and Nadia the white blouse she changed into at the party. This would imply that each knows their full history, multiple deaths included.
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The video game level which Alan is seen playing (from the game Nadia made) features a wizard-like character which looks like Nadia - the player has to reach her destination while avoiding deadly traps, but Alan keeps failing & returning to the beginning of the level. This mirrors the events of the show, in that Alan is meant to connect with Nadia but keeps dying before figuring out how to do so.
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In the first season, Nadia's deaths, in order, occur when she: is struck by a taxi while crossing the street; hits her head and drowns; falls into a basement grate (twice); falls down the stairs (three times); falls over the staircase rail; crashes in an ambulance; freezes to death; is killed in an elevator free fall; dies from undetermined cause (not shown); is blown up in a gas explosion (twice); is shot by Ruth; is crushed by falling air conditioner; suffers anaphylactic shock caused by bee stings; chokes on a chicken bone; suffers a heart attack; dies via undetermined respiratory problem; dies from undetermined cause (bloody nose); dies from undetermined cause (coughs up glass shard).
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The song playing over the final scene, where Nadia and Alan are each heading towards an uncertain future with an Alan or Nadia who doesn't remember them, is "Alone again or" by Love.
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The series has many connections to video games, such as: -Nadia and Alan being repeatedly distracted from their mission with incidental issues is a reference to how side quests in role-playing games distract the player from the main quest. -Non-player characters (Maxine, John, Mike, Beatrice) on a storyline loop, resetting every time one of the "players" (Nadia/Alan) dies and respawn from their last checkpoint. -Alan providing different responses to his conversation with Beatrice or Nadia responding to Maxine's offer of an Israeli joint is a reference to the ability to choose different dialogue choices in role-playing games, with the different responses leading to different results, such as Beatrice revealing her affair with Mike or Maxine revealing the contents of the joint. -Nadia is a video game developer for Rock and Roll Games (a parody of Rockstar Games), and Alan is seen playing Rise of the Tomb Raider.
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When Nadia follows Alan to a diner, they are sitting at Odessa on Ave A in NYC. After being a New York institution for many years, unfortunately Odessa closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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