Season 1. 8 episodes.
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Elizabeth Ashley, Greta Lee, Chloe Sevigny
Why it’s great: If you love dark comedies that lean hard into both the “dark” and “comedy” aspects of the genre, then Russian Doll, co-created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, is the show for you! On her 36th birthday, the cynical and wise cracking Nadia (Lyonne) gets hit by a car and dies, setting in motion a loop of the same day that always starts in the same vaginal bathroom of her friend’s apartment while Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up” repeats. In cracking the key to her purgatorial state, Nadia stumbles across Alan (Barnett), who’s dying repeatedly the same as her, and together, they work to get the bottom of how and why they’re connected to end the cycle of mutual doom. Jokes run the gamut from Lyonne saying “cockroach” (cock-a-roach) and wryly delivering one-liners (“Ah, Thursday… what a concept!”) to physical gags, like Nadia brutally choking on a chicken bone. It’s a rare Netflix original that’s truly great, crossing into metaphysical territory, and doesn’t overstay its welcome — at a lean 8 episodes, each clocking in at 30 minutes or less, it’s easy to binge over and over, much like Nadia’s deaths.