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Doll and Em - S02E01


The girls attempt to get their Broadway play up and running.

Episode Title: Series 2, Episode 1
Airs: 2015-06-3 at 10:00 pm
  • Ellen Gray

    It's at its best--if not necessarily its funniest--when Em and Doll are struggling to find a balance between their childhood selves and the more demanding adults they've become.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This partly improvised comedy is closer to Girls than All About Eve: wistful yet stinging, silly yet wise about the instability of even the deepest friendships. [24 Mar 2014, p.37]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Amy Wilkinson

    The two-part debut starts off anemic, but serves up redemptive meat (soy protein?) when they hit up a Hollywood bigwig's celeb-filled party. [21 Mar 2014, p.58]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    The writing is sharp and believable, the chemistry between the two best friends obviously an advantage and the star cameos well-deployed.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Think of Doll & Em as a collection of short stories rather than half-hour comedies and it’s quite absorbing.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Maysa Hattab

    It’s not always clear what either woman gains from the friendship, and while maintaining the imbalance of power would feed the show’s bleakly comic seam, the fourth episode’s final scene suggests an impending shift when both Em and Doll audition for the same role, creating new and welcome tensions going forward.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It's a very smart, insightful piece about the delicate balance of success and insecurity within a female friendship. Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Doll & Em turns out to be unerringly fair-minded in its view of popular filmmaking, if only because concerns about Hollywood's shallowness are secondary to ideas of age and, inevitably, death.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The latest British girlfriends comedy is anything but absolutely fabulous. Sadly, it’s a bit tedious.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It has some promise at first but quickly becomes predictable.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    There’s some enjoyment to be had from the lead performances of real-life best friends Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Bridget Jones’s Diary). A brisk walk would be better for you, though.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    While sporadically and quietly amusing, the entire enterprise has the whiff of an in-joke vanity production.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Every beat of that material is predictable and clumsy and unfunny.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Much of the comedy comes out of that type of awkwardness but Doll & Em is less a comedy-of-the-uncomfortable series (a la a female "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and more just kind of slow and boring.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    There are definite laughs and tears to be wrung from Doll & Em, but the actresses’ own inherent likability and warmth toward each other, oddly enough work against the premise.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Despite its refreshing commitment to realism, Doll & Em is ultimately too relaxed and meandering for its own good. There are times when you may wish it had embraced the occasional cliches with more gusto.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Despite some funny and even pungent moments, in fact, Doll & Em is so gentle that you can barely feel anything.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    It’s painfully funny at times, and occasionally poignant. In between those peaks, however, it’s needlingly formless.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Mortimer and Wells are both fine, juggling dramatic moments with more farcical ones, but this is still a fairly slight project even by HBO’s less-exacting standards.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The story is framed by the outsize absurdities of show business, but Doll & Em is a character study in miniature.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    An awkwardly funny and occasionally heartbreaking attempt to peel back the many meanings and layers of friendship.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It is a very reliable deliverer of certain genre pleasures.

    Slate Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    It's hardly required viewing, but it's enjoyable, light fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
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