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The Nose looks at ‘Baby Reindeer’ and our (maybe) era of mid TV

Richard Gadd in ‘Baby Reindeer.’
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Richard Gadd in ‘Baby Reindeer.’

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Baby Reindeer is a seven-episode half-hour limited series written and created by Richard Gadd and based on his autobiographical one-man play. According to Netflix, it “follows struggling comedian Donny Dunn’s warped relationship with his female stalker and the impact it has on him as he is ultimately forced to face a deeply buried trauma.” With its unique mix of black comedy, drama, and thriller, Baby Reindeer went to No. 1 on Netflix’s Top 10 TV Shows in the U.S. Today list in its second week of release.

And: The New York Times’ chief TV critic, James Poniewozik, says we’ve entered an era of mid television. He cites shows like The Diplomat, Hijack, House of the Dragon, Manhunt, Ozark (Ozark?!), and Poker Face as prime examples of mid TV. The Nose has thoughts.


  • Irene Papoulis: Teaches writing at Trinity College, and she’s the author of The Essays Only You Can Write
  • Lindsay Lee Wallace: Writes about culture, health care and health equity, and other stuff, too
  • Tracy Wu Fastenberg: Development officer at Connecticut Children’s

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