‘Russian Dolls’ Season 1, Episode 1, ‘Mama Dearest’: TV Recap

Take “Laguna Beach” and douse it in vodka. Fill a shot glass full of any of “The Real Housewives” franchise and na zdorovje, “Russian Dolls.” Brighton Beach, Brooklyn is “an immigrant experience,” a woman says in a voice over as gentle shots of the ocean and the boardwalk, people walking in fur coats and stilettos cycle through. Then a flash of, “God can’t be everywhere, so he created mothers” – Russian proverb on the screen. Irony? Too early to tell.

Marina opens the series, which consists of 12 half-hour episodes. She’s a 34-year-old busty blonde with two kids, Zev and Mina, and a reserved husband, Michael. Together, they own the local supperclub, Rasputin, and waste no time speaking of their riches, i.e. a home dripping in gold, mirrors and pride. The couple worked hard for their success, or so Marina says. Read More...



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