Parents' Guide to

Russian Doll

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drugs, sex, language, strong women in terrific show.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

One show just for the adults

It's a great show but completely unsuitable for under 16s. There is constant smoking and drug taking, sex and cheating, alcohol abuse, suicide and the leads die in many different ways. There is little showing of the consequence of these negative actions. While the message of the series is a positive one it does also normalise a lot of behaviours that children should be shielded from until they are mature enough.
age 12+

Entertaining, yet Educating.

A sort of 'Happy Death Day' show with less scares and more substance abuse. The main character despite first appearing as obnoxious later shows to be a great strong female lead. She's smart, funny, beautiful and edgy and a glimpse into her life educates the audience on the darness that pollutes some peoples lives. Overall Great show however there is often violence,sex, cussing and substance abuse to add to the effect of her dark comedy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

By turns funny, scary, and surprisingly profound, this wild mix of black comedy and tense drama is unlike any other -- and it's better the less you know. Suffice it to say that Nadia is a wisecracking smart NYC character in the mold of Abbi and Ilana, but she's dealing with far heavier situations and questions. There's a central mystery to her life that emerges more strongly as the season goes on -- and shifts in tone and time -- but for a while we just get to enjoy watching this singular woman relate to her friends and colleagues, who are all in delightfully different situations and stations: artist friend Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson), last seen heading off to make "blood jelly" for an art performance about a religious protestor, Ruth (Elizabeth Ashley), her therapist aunt who works with traumatized patients, the homeless man Horse (Brendan Sexton III) who may hold the key to Nadia's problem.

New York itself emerges as a terrifically quirky character too, with Nadia running uptown and downtown seeking answers at synagogues and underground drug labs and bodegas. It's clear that Lyonne (who co-wrote and -created Russian Doll along with Amy Poehler and indie director Leslye Headland) has deep affection for her city -- and a love of a great line, most of which belong to her in her show. When Max answers a call with an impromptu lecture on Dolores Huerta, Nadia asks "Is this some sort of a Wikipedia-sponsored voicemail greeting?"

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