Maria Bamford's new Netflix show is out now – and people are digging it


Duluth native Maria Bamford officially has her own show now.

The comedian's news series "Lady Dynamite" is streaming on Netflix as of early Friday.

It's a "surreal story" based on Bamford's own life, that stars her as a woman who "loses – and then finds – her s**t," according to the Netflix description. You can watch the trailer above (and note there's a smidgen of NSFW language in it).

The episodes jump around in three different time periods, including "the past" – where she's living with her on-screen parents in Duluth, getting treatment for mental health struggles.

That reflects her real-life experience, in which she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years ago and decided to check herself in to a psych ward, she told the Daily Beast.

“Whenever I found out that someone, whether it’s a public figure or somebody in my personal life told me that they had experiences similar to mine, I felt so much relief,” she told the Daily Beast. “So I think, I would like to provide that for somebody else. It’s definitely becoming less and less of a stigma than it was, which is so great."

She also told the Pioneer Press she would've "eaten Saltines" to be able to shoot in her hometown, but it was too expensive – so the Duluth scenes were done in the Twin Cities.

The show has Pam Brady (a longtime "South Park" writer) and Mitch Hurwitz (writer and creator of "Arrested Development") as executive producers.

Do people like it?

Yeah, it seems like it.

The show's been getting good reviews generally (You can see a round-up of reviews on Metacritic).

The AV Club reviews says "most often, Dynamite forges its own singularly oddball path, setting itself apart from its peers by being as skewed and scatterbrained as the woman portrayed in it. "

And here's Slate's take:

"'Lady Dynamite' examines Bamford’s life in surreal, wild, fourth wall–shattering, time-hopping ways. 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."

And The Gazette in Colorado called it "awkwardly addictive."

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