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Lady Dynamite - (S01E04)


Stand-up comedian/actress Maria Bamford (portrayed by herself) moves back to Los Angeles after spending six months away in recovery for bipolar disorder and attempts to build up her life from scratch with the help of her agent Bruce Ben-Bacharach.

Episode Title: Jack and Diane
Airs: 2016-05-20 at
  • Robert Lloyd

    It is cheerful, dark, surreal, profane, aspirational, meta-fictional and packed with people playing versions of themselves or other people entirely (or playing versions of themselves playing other people entirely); it plays with visual and verbal puns, with moods and acting styles and moves around in time and dimension. And while these are elements of many modern comedies--it owes something to "It's Garry Shandling's Show," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "30 Rock," "The Sarah Silverman Program," Hurwitz's "Arrested Development" and the cracked spirit of Adult Swim--I have never seen them assembled in quite this way, or with quite so much gusto.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Courage or crazy, or maybe both, everyone involved is following the same directive: to blow up the traditional sitcom. It’s just crazy funny.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    A show that relies so heavily on self-awareness has to have a beating heart and a big helping of humanity, and by focusing on Bamford’s mental health struggles, Lady Dynamite turns into something deeper, more challenging, and ultimately, more rewarding than a winking self-parody.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    Yes, anything can happen in Bamford's world, and that sense of endless possibility make Lady Dynamite a joy to watch. [20 May 2016, p.50]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Witty, airy, convoluted Lady Dynamite is no exception, showcasing a brilliance of concept and bizarre execution that would be hard sells on many other networks.

    Salon Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Lady Dynamite has its own bizarre-sincere voice and its own dream logic. It’s something else, in a good way: a journey to the center of Ms. Bamford’s mind that dives through fantasy after loopy fantasy and emerges with something real.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It is part showbiz satire, part alt-comedy showcase, part plaintive character sketch, and all ambitious gonzo, a show that feels like nothing else on TV, a cult classic that, in the age of Netflix, may appeal to a horde.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    I didn’t laugh very frequently watching Lady Dynamite, but I was never less than absorbed by it.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    With the confidence of a show that knows exactly what it wants to be--and with the titanic Bamford anchoring every scene with incredible empathy and generosity, Lady Dynamite manages to stand out amid the constantly churning fray of television by being entirely, proudly itself. Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    More deeply and uniquely, Lady Dynamite delivers a knowing, if satirical, glimpse of bipolar disorder--sort of like the Carrie Fisher story with a whole lot more Kimmy Schmidt thrown in.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sims

    The show’s star Maria Bamford and its co-creators Mitch Hurwitz and Pam Brady have taken that well-worn formula and turned it into a uniquely bizarre comedy for Netflix--one that manages to tap into dark, emotional territory while remaining a cheerful, unconventional delight.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Ultimately, Lady Dynamite presents such an amusing combination of humane wisdom and goofy wit that it quickly establishes itself as must-see fare. But don’t binge on this distinctive concoction. It’s best savored over time.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    All these different time periods and tones don't always fit together comfortably, and the four episodes Netflix made available for review are trying so many different things each time out that some feel like they're from entirely different series. ... But when Lady Dynamite hits on the right absurd note, it is spectacularly funny and feels original and vibrant.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Lady Dynamite feels like it's delivering Bamford's wounded psyche in whole chunks, sometimes eager to please, sometimes awkwardly confrontational and generally compassionate.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    A unique series with an unusual premise, Lady Dynamite is awkwardly addictive.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review