‘Russian Doll’: Everything we know so far about Natasha Lyonne’s new Netflix show

The 'Orange Is The New Black' star will play a woman who dies over and over again

Natasha Lyonne is one of the best things about Netflix‘s Orange Is The New Black, in which she plays the drug-loving Nicky Nichols. So it seems a given that she’ll also be the highlight of Russian Doll, the upcoming new series from the streaming platform that sees her play lead character Nadia, who has an unfortunate habit of dying. Here’s everything we know so far about Russian Doll season one.

What is it about?

Nadia is a game developer who keeps dying on her birthday, like some kind of dark, twisted Groundhog Day. Every time she dies, she returns to her bathroom where she’s getting ready for her 36th birthday party. According to Netflix’s official synopsis, she’s “trapped in a surreal time loop and staring down the barrel of her own mortality.”

When is it released?

You don’t have long to wait – the first season will be released on Netflix on February 1, 2019.

How many episodes?


Netflix have confirmed there will be eight episodes in total in the first season, with all but one written by Leslye Heyland and Natasha Lyonne. The first episode was written solely by Heyland.

Russian Doll
Russian Doll

Have we seen a trailer?

Yes! In the trailer, which was released in early January, Lyonne’s character Nadia is seen enjoying her birthday party before being hit by a cab and killed. It then cuts back to the beginning of her party before she dies again, and the sequence continues over and over. Watch it below.

Who is in Russian Doll?

Lyonne, of course, plus a strong regular cast and some top guests. Greta Lee (KTown), Yul Vasquez (Captain Phillips), Elizabeth Ashley, (Ocean’s 8) and Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) make up the main actors on the show, while the likes of Chloë Sevigny and Lyonne’s OITNB co-star Dascha Polanco are two of the guest stars.

Will there be a second series?


Given season one has yet to premiere, you’re going to have to wait a little bit to see if it gets renewed.