The Duchess Season 1. Katherine Ryan as Katherine in episode 1 of Duchess Season 1. Cr. Simon Ridgway/NETFLIX © 2020
Picture of Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Katherine Ryan is royally funny in The Duchess

Comedian Katherine Ryan continues her successful collaborative relationship in the six-episode scripted series, The Duchess. Ryan portrays Katherine, a single mom living in London, raising her daughter Olive (Katy Byrne).  Katherine is involved in a no strings attached situation with the likable Evan (Steen Raskopoulos). Not to mention, she’s also trying to stay civil with her Ex and Olive’s dad, former boy band member Shep (Rory Keenan).

Realizing that she would like another baby so Olive doesn’t grow up alone, Katherine sets out on a journey to find a suitable dad. After a humorous debacle at a sperm bank, Katherine decides that Olive’s dad is the only logical solution to turn to, even though he’s her greatest enemy. Will Katherine find love with Evan, and is Shep truly the solution to her problem?

As I usually do with most comics that I am unfamiliar with, I avoided reading anything about Katherine Ryan or watching anyone of her standup routines. After hitting play on episode one of The Duchess, Ryan pulled me in with her no holds barred approach to comedy and its heartfelt message. So much so that I binged the entire season in about four hours.

One of the things I was fond of in The Duchess was Ryan’s writing of her character. Some of the aspects of the character appear to be based on Ryan’s own life. Ryan is a good mom and doesn’t just let Olive run free.  To my surprise, Olive doesn’t even have a cell phone or social media account, which is almost an oxymoron in this age of social media. I also commend Ryan’s characterization of Shep. While Katherine knows that Shep is a bit of a goalless loser, she never condemns him in front of Olive or speaks ill of him. With the juggling of a relationship as a single parent, I found the interactions between Katherine and Evan to be entirely believable.

The Duchess is a show primarily composed of actors I wasn’t familiar with. The show has a natural flow to it though, and Ryan’s comedic timing and wholesome personality shine through with ease. While newcomer Katy Byrne as Olive never comes off as bratty but more of an idealistic tween. Steen Raskopoulos and Rory Kennan both provide enough banter and moments to keep up with Ryan regarding the men in her life. I was particularly fond of Rory Kennan’s former boy band shtick.

At just six episodes, each clocking in at under thirty-five minutes, The Duchess just may be the breakout that Katherine Ryan deserves for her brand. The show has heartfelt and had plenty of laughs to keep viewers entertained.

Final Grade B+

The Duchess is streaming now at www.netflix.com/TheDuchess

Movie Clappers

More to explorer

Sunset Sasquatch is a quirky family dramedy

The Zellner brothers have created a new film named “Sasquatch Sunset,” which explores the world of Sasquatches. The film is produced by Bleeker Street and is set in North America’s misty forests. It follows the journey of a family of Sasquatches – Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Christophe Zajac-Denek, and Nathan Zellner – possibly the last of their kind. Over one year, they embark on an absurd, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey, fighting for survival as they collide with the ever-changing world. These hairy and noble giants will make you laugh, cry, and root for their survival as they adjust to the changing world.

Monkey Man swings high as a combo of action and drama

Academy Award Nominee Dev Patel leaps to the action genre for his directorial debut in “Monkey Man” from Universal Pictures. Oscar Winner Jordan Peele serves as executive producer, while Patel co-writes the screenplay with Paul Angunawela and John Collee. The film takes inspiration from the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage.

The First Omen breathes new in life into a spooky franchise

The renowned horror franchise Omen has recently received a prequel titled “The First Omen” from 20th Century Studios. The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson, who co-wrote the script with Tim Smith and Keith Thomas, and is based on a story by Ben Jacoby. In the sixth installment of the franchise, the plot revolves around Margaret Daino, portrayed by Nell Tiger Free, an American woman sent to work at an orphanage in Rome, where she discovers a sinister plot to bring forth the birth of the Antichrist. Margaret develops close relationships with Luz Valez, played by Maria Caballero, and young orphan Carlita Scianna, played by Nicole Scarce. However, when Father Brennan, portrayed by Ralph Ineson, warns Margaret of a conspiracy within the church, she begins to experience unsettling events, testing her faith and sanity.

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

© Copyright Reviews & Dunn. All rights reserved

website designed by Red Robin Digital designers