Title: Russian Doll (Season #1)
Released: 2019

Fix: Time Loop Trippiness
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

On the night of her 36th birthday, Nadia meets an untimely end… then suddenly finds herself back at the party her friends threw for her.

FYA Summary:

Nadia keeps reliving her 36th birthday party in a classic time loop sitch à la Groundhog Day (presumably, since I’ve never seen it) and The Edge of Tomorrow.

Familiar Faces:

Natasha Lyonne as Nadia

It took me a little bit to warm up to Nadia, but she had won me over within the first few time loops. And obvs, Natasha Lyonne plays her to prickly perfection.

I didn’t recognize anyone else from the (fortunately diverse*) cast, and the one character whom I’d want to talk about the most would require tons o’ spoilers, so that’s all you get!

*Although no word of a lie, I did get two brown-haired white men with similar roles mixed up in the beginning.

Couch-Sharing Capability: Medium

For a show that involves a lot of death, this actually isn’t super dark. (Although maybe someone who’s sensitive about death should skip this just in case it’ll be triggering.) There are only eight half-hour-or-shorter episodes with definitely plenty of things you might want to chat about immediately, which makes for a great discussion-worthy binge.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Viewer’s Choice

The quality of the show shouldn’t drive you to drink and the timey-wimey stuff might require sober thought, but Nadia of all people wouldn’t take offense to a few libations (or much harder substances, although those I deffo wouldn’t endorse).

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Good

There’s something incredibly compelling about time loop stories and the ability to redo things — or to do them the ‘right’ way. In the case of Russian Doll, it also switches things up without the premise getting stale, so I was never quite sure of how the story would unfold. And even having seen all of it so far, I’m still not exactly sure, since I need someone smarter to explain a few points, but it was nevertheless entertaining.

Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she oversaw all things FYA Book Club from 2013 to 2023.