I guess it's just a coincidence that the intro of "Russian Dolls" (10:30 tonight, Lifetime) features hyphenated-American women in furs walking arm in arm, which is the same way that VH1's "Mob Wives" begins.
And yet, it's kind of perfect because like "Mob Wives," "Russian Dolls" is about corruption; the corruption of values, morals and the American dream.
OK, I don't want to get too heavy; this is meant to be candy not spinach. We know that reality shows of this ilk aren't looking to deliver a serious assessment of a culture, in this case the lives of men and women "who live fully, love passionately and work hard as only they can in Brooklyn’s historic Russian-American neighborhood, Brighton Beach." They are about elevating stereotypes and girl fights. You know, drama.