The Duchess – S1 Review


From creator, executive producer, writer and star Katherine Ryan comes The Duchess, the comedian’s debut scripted comedy series which follows the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mom living in London. Her daughter, Olive, is her greatest love so she begins to debate having a second child with her greatest enemy — Olive’s dad. But can two wrongs make another right?

Thank you Netflix for the opportunity to review this.

S1E1: Episode 1

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You look for a show to reel you in out the gate. We have banter between Katherine and the mother of a child that is picking on Olive, who is Katherine’s daughter, and it is remarkable. 

“Maybe I can fuck your man. I will come for your man every day of the week until you can have meaningful conversations about empathy in your home.”

The first episode is an easy watch as we have plenty of story-line implications and a great introduction to our main characters and what the plan for them moving forward is. 

S1E1: Episode 2

Rating: 4 out of 5.

One thing I love about this show early on is that episode two was a build on episode one, sometimes within comedies of this nature they are just thrown together episodes, but this was not the case here.

The banter between Katherine and her ex gives us life throughout the show. The proposition portion of this episode is just hilarious, Katherine Ryan and Rory Keenan have a fantastic chemistry level here.

S1E1: Episode 3

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The opening scene of this episode is HILARIOUS. Katherine has her mindset, baby-making time with her ex, and they do a great job of setting this up and great dialogue between and Katherine and Rory again.

Katherine’s decision making is slowly starting to catch up to her, and we have our first real emotional moments of the show.

Another solid episode.

S1E1: Episode 4

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Olive is so funny. She is equally as delightful to watch in each episode as Katherine is. She is a spitting image of her father and mother’s behavior.

Might be my least favorite episode so far, we had some progressing of the story but just wasn’t on par with the others.

S1E1: Episode 5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

“I am being Handmaid’s Tale’d”

The creativity behind this episode was hands down the best writing of the year. They set the stage for the finale and did it in a way that made you excited to see all the dominoes fall into place. Just remarkable writing here.

S1E1: Episode 6

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The season finale is a wild one. Katherine has decisions to make, and she isn’t sure what to do or how to do it.

I was pleasantly surprised in which they choose to take the finale, I am not sure I liked it, but I got it and was happy it didn’t head down the path or which we are used to seeing.

The Verdict:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Having layers within a comedic television show is hard, but Katherine Ryan’s writing is so good and provides depth that lacks within these types of shows. The one-liners stand out because they are written well, but they pack a punch every single time that makes you laugh out loud.

You get a Fleabag like feel with the show, as you love Katherine, but she’s also a terrible person.

‘Katherine Ryan ‘The Duchess’ is a crafty written comedy show that makes you want more’

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