There’s no debut date yet for Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, but if her new four-part docu-series on the streaming service is an indication, the host is wonderfully holding little back. Debuting in full on Netflix on January 23 after making its premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Chelsea Does tackles marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs – and, as my video review above says, Chelsea does pretty well.
Part confessional, part dinner party, part travelogue, part talking heads and full of Handler’s quick, foul-mouthed and cutting wit, each episode directed by Eddie Schmidt takes on a topic. Suitably low volume in many ways, the series executive produced by Handler, Schmidt and Morgan Neville has some insightful results which highlight that its host is a talent with the ability to surprise and reveal other elements of herself.
With a game Khloe Kardashian, Willie Nelson, American Pie’s Jason Biggs, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman, Al Sharpton, her own parents, former Israeli president Shimon Peres and a classroom of kids among its guests, Chelsea Does takes a wide berth in its exploration. In fact, it sometimes seems too wide, and left me wishing that we actually had more Handler in a series that is almost all her.
So, while we wait for her new talk show, take a look at my Chelsea Does review. How do you think it does?