Its been nearly a year and a half since late night comedy talk show, Chelsea Lately went off the year and since that time Chelsea Handler hasn’t done much in the realm of television. She’s made an appearance on ABC’s The Muppets but has really become known for her activity on social media. Chelsea seems to be back and this time with a new documentary series on Netflix, Chelsea Does, comprised of four episodes in which she tackles topics of marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs.
Chelsea Does attempts to bring a mix of humor and seriousness while presenting some of the important issues plaguing America society today. There is an undertone of lightheartedness while trying not to take itself too seriously. Chelsea Does features many of the elements and characters we saw on her prior show. There is a bit of a “round table” feel across many of the episodes as guest such Loni Love, Khloe Kardashian and Leah Reimi discuss the episode’s theme. There are many tender moments including hearing her father Seymour discuss his love and appreciation of his marriage to her mother while at the same time experiences in which she takes things more seriously like discussing racism with civil rights activist and television/radio talk show Al Sharpton Jr. and police brutality with Walter Scott’s family. While I appreciate her attempt to bring comedy into serious situations, many times the series just lacked focus.
There were many instances in which the series just rambled on and didn’t seem to have a clear direction where it was headed. With each episode being over an hour long it takes quite a bit of time to get through it all. There are elements and parts the series could have done without to make it more bearable to watch as towards the end I found myself losing interest and just wanting it to end. While I admire her attempt at putting her own unique twist on documentary series, Chelsea Does doesn’t bring anything that extraordinary to the table. All these topics have been done before and quite better honestly speaking. It is much of the same humor and elements we’ve grown accustomed to her producing as it’s a formula that has worked for her before and she has stuck to it.