Contact Us

Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’ puts a twisted, NYC-spin on ‘Groundhog Day’


It’s February 2, aka Groundhog Day, and it’s no coincidence that new Netflix series, Russian Doll, just debuted yesterday. It’s got a basic premise in common with Bill Murray’s 1993 comedy where he has to relive one day over and over and over. Russian Doll is funny too, but that’s really where the similarities end. It’s a darker, weirder and decidedly more New York show that’s not afraid to go full-on drama. Natasha Lyonne, who co-created Russian Doll with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, stars as Nadia, a software designer who can’t seem to make it through her 36th birthday without dying. She certainly tries a lot. At first she thinks it’s all in her head thanks to a joint laced with ketamine, but she comes to realize there’s more going on and other people may be experiencing the same thing. Like the namesake toy, Russian Doll reveals inner layer after inner layer.

Lyonne really carries the show with her hyper-verbal style and manic energy, but the whole thing is whip-smart, with great visual style, a real feel for the East Village where most of the show is set (Tompkins Square Park is almost a character of its own), and has a great soundtrack, too. They use a lot of cool ’60s’70s nuggets (Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up” plays every time her day resets), French pop, and Nadia tends to favor dark electronic stuff (Anika, John Maus, Light Asylum and Gang Gang Dance, whose Lizzi Bougatsos has a small role). All that, and at only eight 25-minute episodes, Russian Doll is extremely bingeable.

You can listen to a playlist of songs from the show, and watch the trailer, below.

Subscribe to Brooklyn Vegan on

Check It Out

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for BrooklynVegan quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!