Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’ Has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes Score, So Definitely Add to Queue

Netflix’s new series Russian Doll starring Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black) just premiered on Friday, February 1, but it’s already garnering praise from the Rotten Tomatoes community.

The series, which Lyonne co-created with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland, has a 100 percent critics score on the movie and TV review platform. Now, that’s what we call an accomplishment (although with creators like that, it’s kind of a given).

The show follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) who celebrates her 36th birthday at a party only to die over and over again in a Groundhog’s Day–style plot. As Netflix puts it, Nadia is “staring down the barrel of her mortality” (yikes), and it’s only after continuously dying that she figures out how to live life to the fullest.  

In addition to Lyonne, Greta Lee (Sisters) plays Maxine, Charlie Barnett (Tales of the City) plays Alan, Elizabeth Ashley (Ocean’s Eight) plays Ruth, Rebecca Henderson (Westworld) plays Lizzy and Lyonne’s Orange Is the New Black co-star Dascha Polanco plays Beatrice. But Polanco and Lyonne aren’t the only OITNB vets. Barnett and Henderson also made cameos in the hit Netflix series.

Given the high critical praise, it’s not surprising that the streaming platform is now exploring additional seasons. Headland told Indiewire that she, Poehler and Lyonne initially pitched Netflix on “multiple seasons” of the show but the company opted to wait to see what viewer response was before moving forward.

Even though we’ll definitely be seeing more of Nadia in later seasons, the creators will still keep the plot under wraps for as long as possible—just like they did with the initial season.

Now we wait for the official season two announcement…Until then, we’ll be leaning into the whole when life mimics art thing and rewatching (and rewatching, and rewatching) Russian Doll.

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