New Netflix Show Russian Doll Has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes | 22 Words

There are some TV shows that you watch because your friends watch them. Or you watch them because they are worthy and you want to be the kind of person that can talk about them. But this is not one of those shows.

Russian Doll is the sort of show that will grab you from the first glimpse of the trailer, and keep you watching until the end. And it seems like people have not been disappointed. It came out super recently, but enough people have already got to the end that it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This seems like a show that is destined to be a classic.

What were you doing on Friday night?

For many people, Friday means it's the end of the tedious working week. For some, this also means it's the start of two days of hedonism and enjoyment. Other people might use the weekend to catch-up on their life admin, to visit old friends and family, or simply to relax.

But then there is the other type of person.

For some people, Friday night signifies the start of 48 hours of binge-watching anything and everything. It means getting into pyjamas that won't be vacated until Monday morning. It means stocking up on food supplies so there's no reason to step a foot outside the house all weekend, except perhaps to open the door for the pizza guy.

Weekends are the perfect time to catch up on everything that TV has to offer.

Whether you enjoy period dramas, cartoons for adults, Scandinavian mysteries or the classic American sitcom, these days the TV has something for everyone. But over the last two decades, TV shows have really taken a step up. Sites like Rotten Tomatoes have been there to help us separate the worth-it from the waste-of-time shows. Let's take a look at their highest rated shows.

Where did it all begin?

In 1999, the first season of The Sopranos aired. This was the start of high-calibre TV shows that followed the plot with purpose. As such, it is one of the shows that is 'certified fresh' on Rotten Tomatoes, and its first season has a 100% rating. It was also the start of the protagonist being an anti-hero, such as in Breaking Bad. As it follows a man's decisions that take him down a particular path, the audience can't help but root for him despite his more than questionable morals.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

For a TV season to have a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is a difficult feat. However, two shows have had four seasons attain this impressive score. We have already mentioned one, Breaking Bad. The other TV show with four seasons that have a 100% rating is The Good Wife.

You can probably guess most of these, but some might be a surprise.

There are a total of eighty TV seasons that have received the accolade of a 100% rating. These include Mad Men, Modern Family, The Killing, Happy Valley, and The Good Place. The 100% rating has also been given to the stunning BBC documentary series, Planet Earth II, with David Attenborough. This TV show has not only captured the world's imagination, but also had a huge impact to help reduce plastic consumption.

In recent years, Netflix has started taking over.

There's a reason why 'Netflix and Chill' has become such a popular term; it is what we all do. Netflix is there for you when you've had a hard day, or when you want to watch something new, or if you want to kick back and watch an old favourite. Sometimes it feels like it has everything we need (except for anything that's ever been on HBO… i.e. everything else).

Netflix has created some incredible shows.

Amongst the list of shows that have received a 100% rating are several that are Netflix Original series. In particular there are some great comedies, such as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, written by Tina Fey. The cartoon for adults, Bojack Horseman, has also had seasons with a 100% rating.

TV is finally giving a voice to people that in the past have been under-represented.

Comedian Aziz Ansari is the star of Master of None. It follows his life as Dev Shah, who has Indian parents, while he tries to become an actor in New York. Meanwhile Dear White People explores various themes of racism and discrimination, through the lens of a number of different characters.

And now there is a new TV show that's got a 100% rating for its first season.

It seems like a lot of people spent their weekend sat inside watching Netflix rather than going outside to play in the snow. And who can blame them when the show on offer is this good. Russian Doll is the new Netflix original series that was released last Friday. People have already watched the whole series and have decided it is worthy of a 100% rating. What a start.

What is this show even about?

Russian Doll follows the life of Nadia Vulvokov, a software engineer who lives in New York City. In fact, the show begins when it is Nadia's 36th birthday party. The beauty of the show lies in the fact that it is so relatable. It is on our birthdays that we take stock of our lives. We usually try and fail to reconcile where we are with where we hoped we would be. From that perspective, this show can speak to all of us.

But there is a twist, of course.

The twist is, and I promise this is not a spoiler, Nadia dies. But she doesn't just die once, she keeps on dying. She is stuck in a time-loop. Every time she dies, she finds herself back in front of the mirror at the start of her 36th birthday party.

So where do the tiny dolls come into all of this?

Russian dolls usually stack inside each other. It means that when at first you think you have just one wooden doll, you can keep opening them up to find another inside. It might sound simple, but it really is exciting when they seem so small but just keep opening. However in this case, the name of the show is a metaphor. It is explaining that there are seemingly infinite layers to this story. As she keeps dying, we get further into the heart of her story.

This isn't the first time we've seen this idea.

Does anyone remember Groundhog Day? Bill Murray plays the role of a weatherman who is stuck re-living the same day on repeat. It might have been done before, but it is certainly an intriguing idea. And it is sure to provide some brilliant comic moments.

You might recognise the protagonist.

Natasha Lyonne is not only a co-creator, but she is also the star of this new show, as she plays the role of Nadia Vulvokov. She gives an incredible performance and many people credit her with being the reason why the show has been so successful. But you probably know her from somewhere else too.

Natasha Lyonne has been acting since she was six years old.

That's right. Natasha has probably worked for enough years that she should be up for retirement soon, despite still being in her thirties. She first played Opal on Pee-Wee's Play-House back in 1986. As she was growing up she continued to act, but it wasn't until 1999 that she started to be more famous.

This one time, at band camp…

Natasha's acting career started getting more recognised, although no more serious, in the late 90s. You might remember her from the spoof-horror film, Scary Movie 2. And she got a role in the hilarious movie franchise, American Pie. She played the wise-crack Jessica and reprised the role for American Pie 2 and American Reunion.

By this point she even had a song written about her.

Natasha was starting to be a very well-known face. She had starred in the Woody Allen film, Everyone Say I Love You, alongside Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts and Edward Norton. Not a bad line-up to be amongst. Rufus Wainwright even wrote a song about her back in 2003. It has the imaginative title, Natasha. But then she got her really big break.

Did anyone see the seminal show Orange Is The New Black ?

If you haven't seen this show, what have you been doing with your time? This show received great critical praise; the first four seasons each received a rating of over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is basically about a woman's prison. It begins by following the life of Piper. She is a very middle-class, law-abiding citizen who has sort of ended up there in mistake. It is through her eyes that we are introduced to the new world she is in.

Seeing life behind bars opened our eyes.

One of the really clever achievements of Orange is the New Black, is that we discover so much about a variety of characters. We as the audience are allowed to see how they are now, and what they went through to become this way. It highlights how we judge people on first appearances, but not many people are just born with a bad character.

And best of all, we get to see something a bit different.

Orange is the New Black is a female-centric show, with a few less-developed male characters. Not only that, but it also looks at women of different races, and follows stories of people that aren’t always just heterosexual. It has really given a platform to stories of people that aren't given sufficient representation in the media. One of the characters who enchants the viewers as we explore her past is Nicky Nichols, played by Natasha Lyonne.

Russian Doll provides the perfect spot for some reunions.

As the show is about reliving the same day, it seems fitting that we get to see Natasha also relive some friendships, with actors that she has worked with before. Her fellow in-mate from Orange is the New Black, Dascha Polanco, stars in the show. And Chloë Sevigny, who she worked with in Portlandia, also features.

There are a lot of familiar faces in the show.

Not only does Natasha give a killer performance throughout this new show, but she is surrounded by some great actors. Her psychiatrist in the show is played by Elizabeth Ashley, who you may recognise from Ocean's 8. And her ex-boyfriend is played by Yul Vazquez, who is in another Netflix hit, Narcos: Mexico.

It's no wonder Russian Doll is such a success.

Russian Doll has a cracking soundtrack and some awesome writers behind it too. Leslye Headland was a writer for Bachelorette, About Last Night and Sleeping With Other People. She is definitely proving herself to be a wonderful comic writer.

And we think you may have heard of the third co-creator.

This show is a wonderful show of girl-power and how female-centric shows can be successful. In fact, Russian Doll doesn't just follow the story of a woman, it was also created by three women. We have already seen that Natasha Lyonne and Leslye Headland helped to create the show, but the third co-creator is the brilliant Amy Poehler.

Amy Poehler has been smashing it for years.

Since the late 90s, Amy has been making us weak with laughter. She began mostly doing improv. and comedy, but she has gradually moved into TV and films. In 2001 she starred in the comedy Wet Hot Summer Camp, alongside Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper.

Then she found her partner in crime.

Amy Poehler has been working with Tina Fey for years. They were the first all-female team to host Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, working together from 2004-2006. They have also starred in several films together, including Mean Girls, Baby Mama and Sisters. In fact, Greta Lee, who also starred in Sisters, is in Russian Doll.

Amy Poehler keeps producing hit after hit.

Her movie career includes some classic comedies, such as Tenacious D, Blades of Glory and Shrek the Third. And on the smaller screen she was also involved in Arrested Development. However, she is probably best known for her role as absurd public official, Leslie Knope, in Parks and Recreation.

So it looks like Russian Doll is destined for success.

With such strong creators, it was always likely that Russian Doll would find success. But what makes it so powerful is how relatable the show is. For starters, it is actually showing the life of someone in an in-between age. She's not young and vibrant, nor is she a mother or stately figure. She is just a regular 36 year old woman who is confronting where she is in life. The show deals with very real emotions and issues, within a comic time-loop.

Long may it continue.

The creators of this show are so certain that it will be successful that they have already planned multiple future seasons. We know that we can't wait. Let's hope the suits at Netflix HQ feel the same way.