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Every Netflix Original Show, Ranked From Best To Worst

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1. 'Russian Doll' (BEST)
1 season, 8 episodes

Starring:Natasha Lyonne, Chloe Sevigny, Dascha Polanco, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, and Charlie Barnett

Description: For starters, this wacky series is being produced by the effervescent Amy Poehler and that is certainly a vote of confidence. Russian Doll tells the story of a young woman named Nadia who lives in NYC and finds herself in quite the pickle. One night, Nadia attends her own birthday party and soon discovers there's no way out from this nightmarish event. How's that possible? As it turns out, Nadia is trapped in a warped, hellish version of Groundhog's Day. This wry comedy will throw you in a time loop as Nadia dies on repeat and is then resurrected, only to relive her birthday over and over again. Between being hit by a car and falling down the stairs and breaking her neck, Nadia's deaths are odd but gruesome. Things take an interesting turn when she meets someone else who is trapped in his own morbid cycle of death and rebirth. Russian Doll takes a deep dive into Nadia's shattered psyche and packs an emotional, one-two punch.

Why it's a keeper: The first time Nadia dies, Harry Nilsson's bleak anthem "Gotta Get Up" plays in the background and our beloved, emotionally wounded heroine is greeted by her BFF, Maxine. "Sweet birthday baby" utters Maxine and it seems strange but not dangerously ominous. Fast-forward seven deaths and this loop of "Gotta Get Up" and "sweet birthday baby" becomes tiring and wholly frightening. Nadia is stuck on a death loop, unable to demystify the trauma surrounding her various demises. From being hit by a car, to falling down an open sidewalk cellar, to blowing up from a gas explosion, Nadia has experienced a wide array of bizarre deaths. As the loop starts up, Nadia stared into the mirror with increasing despair. She's gotta die to be reborn. In a way, she's become a human manifestation of a Russian doll. Nadia is nesting layers which nurture a gruesome, hidden truth about her. In a way, the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is symbolic of her mental illness or addiction. As the ongoing loops crumble and reset, Nadia reaches out desperately for answers. After meeting Alan and realizing they are experiencing the same broken cycle, Nadia realizes every person has the potential to create a profound difference in someone else's life. Nadia's no angel but this "sweet birthday baby" is filled with more insight and love than she lets on.