Netflix is set to do the time warp again, as the streaming service announces it has picked up the dark comedy Russian Doll for a second season. Season 1 dropped on the service in February and quickly became the latest binge-worthy addition to the Netflix catalog, as the series took a concept seen in films like Groundhog Day and Happy Death Day and infused it with plenty of caustic humor and plenty of new ideas to make it not just one of Netflix’s best series in 2019, but one fo the best new series of the year period.
Russian Doll is created by Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, who previously wrote and directed the films Bachelorette and Sleeping With Other People, and also served as a writer for the canceled too soon FX series Terriers. As it turns out, the combination of Lyonne, Poehler, and Headland makes for excellent television, and it would appear that Netflix is in agreement, as the series is set to explore more time looping weirdness with its second season that’s expected to go into production soon.
As reported by Variety, Netflix made the announcement at the CODE Conference taking place in Arizona, though they neglected to dish on any potential details about season 2 or where Lyonne’s Nadia would go after seemingly freeing herself from the repeating death loop she and fellow looper Alan (Charlie Barnett) had been caught in for so long.
That leaves Russian Doll with plenty of room to grow in season 2, and a chance to revisit the strange occurrence of what happened to Nadia and Alan from the perspective of people who’ve lived (and died, repeatedly) through it and come out the other side changed, possibly for the better. Whether or not that proves to be true is something that will likely be explored in the second season, but given how clever the series was with its concept and execution, it stands to reason Lyonne, Poehler, and Headland will have something unique up their sleeves when the new season premieres.
At just eight half-hour episodes, Russian Doll also impressed in terms of just how much story could be packed into a relatively small package. It seems that gone are the days of plodding 13-hour seasons, and in their place are fast-paced series that viewers can actually binge-watch without feeling guilty.
Russian Doll season 2 does not currently have a release date.