Genre: drama, comedy, mystery
Creators: Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Greta Lee
Release date: February 2019
Russian Doll trailer
Russian Doll's plot
In this spoiler-free guide on what to expect from this 2019 Netflix Original we will convince you of why if you liked Orange is The New Black, it will be very unlikely you won’t fall for Nadia in Russian Doll.
Natasha Lyonne’s spikey ginger head, and we say spiky is because her head doesn’t seem to agree much with hairstyling, gritty voice, spiteful mouth and genius dialectics she masterfully put on and performed as Nicki in Orange is The New Black are all Back. Except here she’s not locked up in some Lichfield facility, but as it turns out, she is in a way locked up anyways.
In Russian Doll she plays Nadia, a software developer who likes to play with chemicals (read drugs) more than she actually likes to play the video games she creates. On her birthday party, where indeed there’s plenty of intoxicating being done, she dies. And so for the next, and the next and all the days that follow, as the birthday girl keeps waking up on the day of her birthday party, a f*ucking never ending night if you asked Nadia.
Why should you or not watch Russian Doll?
If you liked Natasha Lyonne’s character in Orange is the New Black, you surely will be pleased to have something else going on Netflix for you, after THE most popular show by the streaming platform came to a wrap. The only issue you will have with it is the absolute overpowering of Nadia over the other characters, whereas in OITNB it was the bunter and chemistry between her and the other inmates who gave depth to her character even more.
Created by Natasha Lyonne herself and TV star Amy Poehler, who got her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015 for her contributions in television, the show has generally received positive critique, especially for its inventive ways of depicting the same night of Nadia’s time loop over and over.
Plus, with only 30 minutes for each episode, this Netflix TV show doesn’t pretend to be something it isn’t, and doesn’t want to become the next OITNB at all. We only hope it won’t be Natasha Lyonne’s wrong turn of career and that she won’t be identified only with that type of druggy, not feminine, dirty mouthed red headed she seems to have an inclination for in her most famous roles.