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08th Aug 2023

One of the best comedy shows of recent years has just been added to Netflix

Stephen Porzio


Not one, but two seasons of the series are available to watch now on the streamer.

Netflix has just added Starstruck, the acclaimed series from comedian Rose Matafeo, to its Ireland and UK library.

Created by and starring Matafeo, she plays Jessie – a 20-something New Zealand woman living in London and juggling two dead-end jobs.

Her life suddenly becomes more complicated though when she realises that the man (Nikesh Patel) she had a one-night stand with on New Year’s Eve is actually a famous movie star.


Minnie Driver in Starstruck

Starstruck’s six-episode first season premiered on BBC One in 2021, with a second six-episode season being released a year later.

Both seasons received rave reviews from critics, with the show currently holding a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score. Matafeo’s performance and the witty writing were singled out for particular praise.

You can read a sample of some of the series’ positive write-ups right here:

Daily Telegraph (UK): “It’s very watchable, whipping along in half-hour episodes.”

London Evening Standard: “The writing is sharp and quick-witted, but it can also be warm and cosy, without slipping into sentimentality or cliches.”

Time Magazine: “It’s a premise straight out of fanfiction, but creator and star Rose Matafeo steers it confidently, and entertainingly, out of the realm of fantasy.”

The Times (UK): “It is a rare one who can make it funny and fresh when Phoebe Waller-Bridge has pretty much smashed this territory and parked her tanks on it. However, Rose Matafeo in Starstruck managed it, and with ease.”

Washington Post: “Starstruck often feels like a one-woman show, with a much greater emphasis on the com than the rom, but Matafeo and the dryly funny Patel share the kind of relaxed, banter-y chemistry that makes or breaks shows like this one.”

Also featuring amongst its supporting cast Minnie Driver, Russell Tovey and Sindhu Vee and already renewed for third season, each episode of Starstruck is only about 20 minutes long – making it an easy binge-watch.

The show’s two seasons to date are streaming on Netflix in Ireland and the UK right now. You can check out the trailer for its first season below.

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