How Netflix’s “Russian Doll” Helps Us Process Death

My wife and I watched the entirety of Netflix’s popular new show Russian Doll this week — not hard conisidering outside temps were below zero several days running and there are only eight episodes in season one.

As a pastor who serves dying people, helping them and their loved ones make meaning out of suffering and death, I found this show especially intruiging. Very few TV shows or movies tackle existential angst head-on because most of us would rather avoid the topic. This one does it with smarts, style, and humor. It disarms our…