We all know the feeling, you’ve been studying for what seems like forever, your brain hurts, and the glow of your laptop is teasing you to do it– go on Netflix. I appreciate a good study break, but as a person grasping control of my life, I try to schedule them in between completing my work. Netflix is a perfect study break, as long as you don’t fall down the rabbit hole. Chelsea Handler’s new show, Chelsea Does, recently premiered its first season on Netflix. Here’s a review of the first episode!
Chelsea Does is a new Netflix documentary series starring the raunchy comedian herself, Chelsea Handler. I kinda like Chelsea. I thought Chelsea Lately was funny, and laughed out loud reading her books. I’ve also always liked her strong attitude and sharp tongue. When I heard about the recent drama between her and her longtime show co-star, Heather McDonald, I was recently re-intrigued by Chelsea. Then, I saw that this 4-part documentary series was coming out, and knew I had to give it a try! The first episode is “Chelsea Does Marriage”, and the other episodes include “doing” Silicon Valley, racism, and drugs. The show seems like an investigative, comedic, exposé type of thing, and by the first episode, I would definitely recommend tuning in!
Episode 1: Chelsea Does Marriage
In the first episode of the series, Chelsea tries her hand at understanding the complicated world of marriage. Now, I have to admit, at first I found the set-up of the whole “come listen to me and my friends talk casually about this topic around dinner and drinks” thing a little bit cringeworthy. However, the show eventually found its stride, and once the other portions of the episode started, I was fully drawn in. In order to understand the way people think about marriage, Chelsea interviewed a bunch of different people– young children in an elementary school, her father and siblings, a celebrity wedding planner, and even the owner of Ashley Madison. Chelsea’s notorious humor and attitude come out the most when interacting with people who have different ideas than her. I’ve always thought her humor was sort of a defense mechanism, which she usually pulls off as being funny and not offensive or uncomfortable. There were only about two times within the show, when she was talking to a group of little kids, that things got kind of weird (like when she asked them what they thought about her figure).
All in all, I really enjoyed the first episode of Chelsea Does. I appreciated the fact that she didn’t make it just about her, or her comedy. There was real heart to the show, and I was actually really impressed with the way it was done. She interacted with married people of all types– an orthodox Jewish couple, 3 people involved in a BDSM “marriage”, really old married people, and even young women at their bridal showers. The show gave a whole spectrum of opinions and conversations about marriage. While marriage is something that’s probably far off, or not even in the plan for most of us, it exists in the world, and I think it’s valuable to hear a variety of views on it– just like with everything else.
I’m very interested in checking out the other episodes, with topics such as “racism” and “drugs”, they should be pretty relevant. I’ve read about the racism episode; Chelsea meets with Reverend Al Sharpton, and even people who have critiqued her use of stereotypes in her comedy. That’s the last aspect of Chelsea Does that I’d like to applaud- her own analysis of herself. At the end of the marriage episode, she talks about how vulnerable and open she felt after expressing her opinions about something so personal. Adding that personal touch, makes Chelsea seem more relatable and real.
Chelsea Does seems like a perfect Netflix study break show, with episodes hitting right around an hour each. If you’re looking for a way to break out of watching The Office for the fifth time, and want something new, this is a show that’s funny, real, and honest all at the same time. Check out the trailer below!