The premise of new Netflix series Russian Doll is hardly original – software designer Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) dies after leaving a party thrown in her honour, only to find herself back at the bash, reliving events over and over.
For one thing, it’s refreshing to see character actress Lyonne in a lead role, with Nadia a mix of walking disaster and can-do go-getter. As is often the case with this type of story, Russian Doll may yet become annoying as the narrative is constantly reset, but it might just be fresh enough to get away with it. (On Netflix from Fri., Feb. 1) 3.5 stars
For more on Russian Doll, listen to this week's episode of TV podcast Binge List (below).