Maria Bamford

Netflix orders new original series Lady Dynamite

The semi-autobiographical and occasionally surreal comedy will star stand-up comedian Maria Bamford.
June 19, 2015

Stand-up comedian Maria Bamford is bringing her particular brand of odd-ball comedy to Netflix.

The SVOD announced on June 9 that it will debut a new scripted original series, Lady Dynamite, starring Bamford.

The first season will run 13 episodes, each 30 minutes in length.

Lady Dynamite is a semi-autobiographical, single-camera comedy about a woman “who loses — and then finds — her s**t,” according to Netflix reps. It will focus on the different periods of Bamford’s own life, sometimes taking a surreal approach to the subject matter.

Attached as executive producers are Bamford, Pam Brady (South Park) and Mitch Hurwitz (creator of Arrested Development, which also now resides on Netflix).

Hurwitz signed a multi-year deal with Netflix last year to develop and create new original series for the streaming platform through his prodco, The Hurwitz Company.

Bamford is known for her self-deprecating sense of humor. (She’s often joked about how she was “re-diagnosed” with bipolar disorder at the age of 40).

She’s previously worked with Hurwitz in a recurring role on the fourth season of Arrested Development, which was the show’s first season exclusive to Netflix. She also co-wrote and starred in the digital series The Program, produced by Funny Or Die.

There is no set date yet for Lady Dynamite’s premiere, but Bamford announced via Facebook that production had officially begun on June 1.

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