Russian Doll is the brand new Netflix Original that stars Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett. It's Nadia's 36th birthday. Her friend is throwing her a very cool party and that's where we meet our main character. Standing in the bathroom looking at herself in the mirror, she heads back to the party.
Soon after she hooks up with some random guy and on the way home she stops in 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. She then 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 thing is that Nadia remembers it. 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 time loop she seems to be in, a chance meeting with Alan may hold the key to her problem. Because Alan also keeps dying and waking up at the exact same point every day. The two must now work together to figure out why this keeps happening to them.
Things are made more difficult by the fact that they have nothing in common. Alan is meticulous in everything he does. He is the quintessential good guy. But more in the extreme where it borders on OCD. Nadia, for her part, can at times be incredibly unlikeable. She simply doesn't give a shit 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. But the duo must get on and must work out how to solve this very big problem.
Russian Doll is incredibly addictive. Nadia is a dream character and 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. As a result the eight episodes will fly by in an afternoon. Sit back and enjoy this dark but funny drama.