Russian Doll is a huge show on Netflix, the first season of which dropped in February 2019.
Starring Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett, it follows the life of Nadia on her 36th birthday. Her friend Maxine is throwing her a very cool party and that's where we meet our main character.
She has some drinks, hooks up with a random guy and basically enjoys herself. Birthday party over, she heads home, stopping at her local deli.
She has a small run in with a bunch of drunks, spots a guy in a bit of distress, doesn't think much about it and heads back to hers.
Then Nadia goes in search of her missing cat and boom gets hit by a car and dies.
Instantly she's back in the same bathroom, at the same party and her life, from that point, starts all over again.
The twist is that Nadia remembers it all. She remembers dying when all around her are completely oblivious to the time loop. Particularly as it keeps happening.
No matter what Nadia does, no matter how she changes the way the night plays out, she still dies. And she still wakes up in the bathroom at the party.
Getting increasingly frustrated by the never-ending loop she seems to be in, a chance meeting with Alan (Charlie Barnett) may hold the key to her problem.
Because Alan also keeps dying and waking up at the exact same point every day. Initially, the two want nothing to do with each other but when Alan shows up at Nadia's birthday party, the two work together to figure out what is happening to them.
Things are made more difficult by the fact that they have nothing in common. Alan worries a lot and is meticulous in everything he does. He is the quintessential good guy.
Nadia, for her part, can at times be incredibly unlikeable. She simply doesn't give a damn about anything or anyone. She lives life to the full and, due to a rather unorthodox upbringing, refuses to have any ties to most people in her life.
Despite the obvious clash in personalities, the duo must get on and must work out how to solve this very big problem.
Is Russian Doll Worth Watching?
Russian Doll is incredibly addictive. Nadia is a dream character and the astonishing Natasha Lyonne (from Orange Is The New Black), who co-created the show with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, is simply flawless.
Everything from the setting, the dialogue, the storyline is completely engaging. At times it is fatally funny, and thankfully is not just rinse and repeat as far as the story goes.
It does move along after Nadia befriends Alan. Together they work on figuring out the origin of Alan's first death and his untimely end, sorting out Nadia's troubled past and even discovering an unexpected time portal located in Manhattan.
But Nadia's latest discovery sends the duo off in different directions so what happens to them? Will Nadia and Alan finally cross paths again?
Russian Doll does have a satisfying ending but it's more implied than anything else. Which is why you will be desperate for a second season.
Is Russian Doll Getting A Season 2?
The answer is an overwhelming yes! In June 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season. It was supposed to start filming in March 2020 but we all know what happened then!
So, after a bit of a wait, production for Russian Doll season 2 began in March 2021.
Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland are all back as executive producers alongside Dave Becky, Tony Hernandez, Lilly Burns and Allison Silverman.
Russian Doll Season 2 Release Date
And you don't have to wait long for it to drop on Netflix. We can confirm that the Russian Doll season 2 premiere date is April 20th 2022.
Russian Doll Cast
Despite the premise of the show, the cast is quite limited, at least in season 1. Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett carry the bulk of the show but that doesn't mean the supporting actors aren't excellent in their roles – they are!
And there are a few surprises coming our way for Season 2!
Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov who finds herself in an ongoing time loop
Charlie Barnett as Alan Zaveri, a man who is also stuck in a time loop like Nadia
Greta Lee as Maxine, Nadia's friend, who throws her a party
Yul Vazquez as John Reyes, a real estate agent and Nadia's ex-boyfriend
Elizabeth Ashley as Ruth Brenner, a therapist and close family friend of Nadia and her mother
New Season 2 Cast Members:
Joining Natasha Lyonne for season 2 are a few new familiar faces.
She was followed by Carolyn Michelle Smith who joined the cast in a recurring role.
Sharlto Copley and Ephraim Sykes have also joined in undisclosed roles.