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Chelsea Does - S01E02


In a provocative documentary series, comedian Chelsea Handler confronts personal and cultural hang-ups around four topics that fascinate her.

Episode Title: Chelsea Does Racism
Airs: 2016-01-23 at 00:01
  • Ken Tucker

    I found the series irritating because I find Handler funny very rarely. If you’re a fan, you’ll have a great time, because what this series should be called is Chelsea Does Chelsea.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Sophie Gilbert

    For all its uncomfortable juxtapositions and awkward tonal inconsistencies, there are moments in Chelsea Does that make for truly compelling television.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Bethonie Butler

    Ultimately, Handler’s documentary functions more as a way to justify her brand of humor than to offer a fresh take on how we talk about race.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Over all, Ms. Handler’s attempt to reinvent the form doesn’t quite succeed, but the best moments of these films at least are more fun than most documentaries.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dennis Perkins

    Hardcore documentary fans may find Chelsea Does a bit lacking in terms of depth—especially as the sheen surrounding most of the episodes is a bit off-balance, given Handler’s personal lack of polish. But for Chelsea Handler fans or even people who aren’t deeply invested in the genre, these are definitely good jumping-off points.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The show's curiosity and smarts buoy it during times of less credibility, and there's almost a sense of determination radiating out of the episodes. We're doing this. Luckily, they're doing it pretty well.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Produced by Morgan Neville and directed throughout by Eddie Schmidt with an expensive-looking creaminess, each episode spends upward of an hour going back and forth through the subject, in different ways: conversational (Handler hanging out with friends, some of them also famous, some of them also comedians, to discuss the matter at hand, or talking to experts in the relevant field); confessional (one on one with a clinical psychologist); and experiential, as she puts herself into different environments, or experiments on herself, to learn something new.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    A series of thoughtful, funny personal investigations into such topics as marriage, racism, Silicon Valley, and drugs. [22 Jan 2016, p.67]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    While the show itself could be a bit scatterbrained in attempting to tackle so many ideas and issues all at once, her ultimate, hilariously ordinary epiphany from all of it is the best end-cap her journey could have asked for.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    What makes her new Netflix documentary series, Chelsea Does, so invigorating [is] she knows she's severely out of her depth, and realizes that's all the more reason to try and wade deeper.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    When Handler travels outside her own worldview and gets out of her own way, and uses her sharp comedic instincts to expose absurdity and hypocrisy, what Chelsea Does is sometimes worthwhile.

    Variety Full Review
  • Daniel D'Addario

    Confessional art is one (often wonderful) thing, and confessional art made by women is too often torn apart unthinkingly. But a lengthy meditation by a famous person on their own public image is only interesting if that public figure is doing real reflection. Handler, by contrast, is openly dismissive of anyone who challenges her point-of-view. The race episode is the most pernicious example of that: Handler convenes a panel of activists seemingly only to berate them about how they are wrong and she is right about political correctness.

    Time Full Review