'Russian Doll' season 2: we wouldn't mind getting lost in this time loop forever

The Netflix sensation returns! 'Russian Doll' season 2 will bring a new cast of characters, including a 'Schitt's Creek' alumna

Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov in Russian Doll season 2
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Nadia Vulvokov is hopping aboard the "crazy train" in Russian Doll season 2, and she's bringing a few newbies along for the ride.

The Netflix sci-fi-mystery-comedy hybrid premiered in 2019 to much praise and award recognition. Now, our favorite time loop is being revisited, but with a few tweaks and additions. If you're in need of an indulgence, we suggest you start in 1980s New York City.

As our fiery protagonist exclaims: "Inexplicable things happening is my entire modus operandi."

Watch the 'Russian Doll' season 2 trailer:

"The universe finally found something worse than death," Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) proclaims. "I broke time."

On her 36th birthday, the New Yorker finds herself lost in a never-ending existence. Though it seemed she had resolved the mystifying situation, she lands herself in a very similar unfathomable issue four years later, which is where the sophomore season picks up. 

“I’m just excited for [fans] to see what we mean by ‘Crazy Train,’ because we’re not kidding,” Lyonne reveals to Variety (opens in new tab). “Choo choo.”

We'll gladly grab a ticket, no questions asked. After The Ultimatum ending, we're all in need of a little levity, so why not grab a seat next to Nadia? 

When does 'Russian Doll' season 2 premiere?

The brainchild of Lyonne, Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler will make its way onto screens on Wednesday, April 20, so plan your marathons accordingly. We have a feeling you're going to be quite busy. 

Russian Doll season 2, Netflix

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Who's joining the 'Russian Doll' cast?

Charlie Barnett, who plays Alan Zaveri, finds himself in a similar situation to Nadia in season 1, thus the two embark on this odd challenge of finding their way out of the time warp. He, along with Nadia's BFF, Maxine (Greta Lee), Lenora (Chloë Sevigny), Horse (Brendan Sexton III), Lizzy (Rebecca Henderson) and Ruthie (Elizabeth Ashley), will make a return. 

As much as we are anxious to see them again, we're very excited about the newbies, particularly one Schitt's Creek star.

1. Annie Murphy

Annie Murphy in episode 202 of Russian Doll.

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Alexis Rose, is that you? The actress from one of the most fashionable TV shows out there is leaving the Rosebud Motel. Though Annie Murphy's part is fairly hush-hush, Lyonne did confide in Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) that she is Nadia's right-hand woman. 

"There's some serious motherf---ers on that Russian Doll show—on a human level— and she's definitely one of the good guys," Lyonne said.

2. Sharlto Copley

Sharlto Copley as Chez in Russian Doll season 2

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Sharlto Copley, who plays Chezare, emerges as a season 2 cast member with ties to Nadia's family.

3. Carolyn Michelle Smith

Carolyn Michelle Smith as Agnes in episode 206 of Russian Doll.

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From House of Cards, Smith is set to join the cast for the new season as Agnes, though her involvement in it has been kept under wraps. We'll have to patiently wait to see it all unfold.

4. Ephraim Sykes

Ephraim Sykes in russian doll season 2

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Ephraim Sykes, a familiar face on Hamilton, is taking on the role of Derek, part of the crime-watching group, The Guardian Angels. He bumps into Nadia one evening while out and about, and their story starts from there.

Now that Nadia is making her grand return, we're more than ready to follow along. 

"It's definitely a wild ride," the actress told Entertainment Weekly. "It is deep, and deeply off-the-wall."

We'll catch you back in time.

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


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