“The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” Review


“The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” was released to Netflix on Jan. 28.

This eight episode, bingeable series will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to fix more popcorn. With each episode only being about a half an hour long, this new hit series is hard to leave. 

The Netflix original begins with the internal struggle of a woman, Anna, played by Kristen Bell, after going through a divorce and death of a young child. It is revealed very early that Anna mixes her medication with wine, which makes for a dangerous combo. Anna often experiences hallucinations, leaving the audience to distinguish which events are real or merely Anna’s imagination. Anna’s favorite pastime is watching out her window as she drinks her wine. Her attention is sparked when a new and attractive neighbor moves in across the street. You would not believe the series of events that happen next. 

Throughout the series, Anna finds herself acting as a detective, while also battling what reality is and what the tricks her brain is playing on her are. This makes for an interesting and thrilling series all around. 

The series is actually a parody of two well-known Netflix originals. “The Woman in the Window” and “The Girl on the Train” are the main thrillers that are made fun of in the new series. 

However, “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” was a horrible parody in my opinion. Yes, there were parts of the series that seemed a bit far-fetched or even laughable, but if I got through the show and could not even tell it was a parody, then it was not a good one. The show succeeded mainly due to the complex story and the mystery of it all—not because it was a comical play on more serious Netflix originals. 

The show is mostly a suspenseful thriller with a few scenarios that seemed unbelievable, not necessarily funny. There are a few times where the plot seemed out of line, which makes sense as to the fact that it is a parody and meant to make fun of other films in the particular genre. 

Unless you are very familiar with the two films mentioned above that this series is supposed to be making fun of, you will miss the whole parody side of it. The series is presented as more of a dark tragedy than anything. 

Although the series failed as a parody, it has still been a hit show. In fact, it is one that is hard to walk away from once it has started. I enjoyed watching this series, and it kept me on the edge of my seat, even up until the very last minute. 

Have you seen “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window”? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!