Russian Doll


Does it ever feel like you’re reliving the same day over and over? You’re not alone! In this episode we look into the history of time loop stories (including Groundhog Day), as well as the psychology of memory and deja vu, the mental health issues explored in the series, and Russian Doll’s many connections to L. M. Montgomery’s novel Emily of New Moon. (Content Warning for discussion of mental illness.)

Further Reading

Groundhog Day Loop trope from TV Tropes

“Christmas Every Day” by William Dean Howells

Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery

CBC News interview with Russian Doll writer Sara Fraser

What are Neurotransmitters

The Science of Memory

What the show gets right and wrong about mental illness

For Fun 

Lady Knight the Brave’s video essay on Russian Doll

Which Character are You? Quiz (We were both Haran, but really, Erin is Oatmeal/Alan and Rhonda is Anne of Green Gables.)

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