Lady Dynamite (Season 1) (2016)

Calling Maria Bamford’s Netflix sitcom “unique” may be an understatement: “Gonzo” may be more appropriate. On the one hand, it’s compelling to watch a sincerely funny show deal with the daily struggles of mental illness, using dark humor as catharsis for the painful realities of navigating life with a psychological condition like Bipolar 2. However, part of the problem with the show is that the audience never really gets to know Bamford here, as we’re confronted with her symptoms more than a central, core characterization. It makes the multiple timelines difficult to keep together, as Bamford behaves unpredictably in every segment and there’s little narrative cohesion. Ultimately it’s fun to watch but it’s definitely not for everyone, and certainly not for casual viewers.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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