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Last updateTue, 18 Sep 2018 1pm

In Living With Yourself, a brand-new Netflix series, Miles (Paul Rudd), a bored-out-of-his-mind advertising executive, takes a cue from a chirpy co-worker and stops at some sort of rejuvenation clinic.

That night when he returns home, he’s much peppier with a sunny outlook. The only problem: The peppy, sunnier Miles is a clone, and the original version of Miles is still running around.

Creator Timothy Greenberg and directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris deliver a fun, twisted, eight-show season that feels like a long movie. Rudd gets a chance to show off both his dramatic and comedic chops; the chance to take a character and play two versions of him at the same time is a challenge the actor is more than up to. The results are thoroughly entertaining.

Also terrific is Aisling Bea as wife Kate, who has herself a real dilemma on her hands when she finds out her husband’s predicament: What do you do when your marriage has gone sour, and a rejuvenated, charming version of your spouse shows up?

This is being called a series, but it’s hard to imagine they’ll do more than these eight episodes, because they end on such a perfect note. Still, if they choose to continue, with Rudd and Bea on board, I am OK with that.

Living With Yourself is now streaming on Netflix.

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