Living with Yourself (2019) Review

Aside from The Great British Bake Off, I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a TV show. Luckily, in between writing and whatever else I’ve been doing, I got to sit down and watch Netflixs’ Living with Yourself.

The show, created by Timothy Greenberg, centres on Miles Elliot. Miles assumes that a trip to a massage parlour will solve all his problems and make him a better man. Instead, he finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version of himself.

I knew from the off that this would be a hit with me. I love a straight comedy show with no strings attached but I also love shows with a bit of substance, a bit of something different. What could be more different than a comedy about cloning?

At the forefront is not one but two Paul Rudds, playing regular Miles and clone Miles, and his performance is brilliant. Even though I did forget which one was the “real” Miles a few times, and get distracted by the fact he’s barely aged since Clueless, I loved the fact that he played two versions of the same person that couldn’t be more different. They were funny, flawed and real.

I also think Aisling Bea was brilliant as Miles’s wife, Kate. She had sweet, funny moments but she also played the more serious, sensitive parts brilliantly as well. Plus, I loved the dance scene between Kate and (original) Miles.

The only thing I’m not happy about is the possibility that there’ll be a second series, if not more. Don’t get me wrong, I thought each episode was brilliant and I really liked the show as a whole, I’m just scared bringing out a second series would ruin the show as a whole. Of course, if a second series did come out, I would be watching.

If you like shows with a bit of sci-fi, a bit of drama and double the Paul Rudd, you’ll love Living with Yourself, which is available on Netflix now.

Paul Rudd and Paul Rudd in “Living with Yourself” © Netflix

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