NETFLIX'S Russian Doll is one of those out-of-nowhere success stories that streaming service seems to occasionally stumble upon.

An almost perfect, beautifully constructed season of television you'll struggle to not devour in one big gulp.

It's also a brilliant showcase for Natasha Lyonne, its co-creator and star, who also wrote and directed  episodes across the  eight-episode first season.

She plays Nadia. a woman who, on the night of her  36th birthday, gets hit by a taxis and dies.

And then she immediately ''comes to'' at her birthday party again.

She's stuck in a time loop, and no matter for she makes it into that loop, she always returns to the birthday party once she dies. Sometimes she dies gruesomely; and sometimes hilariously.

That's really all you should know about this wonderful series - indeed, you may know too much already - because its many surprises are part of the fun.

Fortunately, the whole thing is paced like lightning, with no episodes longer than half-hour and many clocking in at around 25 minutes.

And Lyonne is joined by great performers in front of the camera and also behind it, where she's joined by co-creators Amy Poehler and Leslie Headland [a brilliant director responsible helming most of the season's episodes].

But the real joy of Russian Doll is watching the series tackle the weight of trauma and how it can be to overcome., both metaphorically and literally. [Daily Times Monitor]


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