Paul Rudd gives fans double the fun in Living With Yourself, a new Netflix series premiering this Friday October 18. There are only eight episodes in Season 1, and they are short -- only about 25-35 minutes each. That comes up in some of the reviews from critics who got to see all eight episodes in advance.
Living With Yourself follows middle-aged Miles Elliott (Paul Rudd) who is burned out at work and also struggling in his marriage to wife Kate (Aisling Bea). A co-worker suggests he head for a spa cleanse, and Miles discovers he's been cloned -- with New Miles (Paul Rudd) seeming to be better than Miles in every way.
EW's Kristen Baldwin gave Living With Yourself Season 1 a grade of B+, with these comments:
TVLine's Dave Nemetz gave Living With Yourself a B, criticizing the story's failings toward the end:
Leslie Katz of CNET highlighted the deeper messages, while making some other pop culture comparisons:
TV Guide's Tim Surette gave it a 3/5 said the push-and-pull of Miles vs. Miles 2 is played more for mild laughs than comedic deep thinking -- arguing Living With Yourself is to cloning as Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet is to zombieism: a great starting point, but an imperfect execution. Here's more of his take on the series:
I'm sure Paul Rudd fans will tune in just to see double the Paul Rudd. Eight short episodes doesn't really seem like enough for a full TV season, but I haven't seen the show yet myself. Hopefully enough fans are interested -- and Marvel's Ant-Man star Paul Rudd has enough time -- to return for more in Season 2.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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