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Monday, November 06, 2006

TV From Another Planet: Day One

Dead Like Me

Premise: Girl gets killed by fallen space-station toilet seat… becomes a grim reaper… takes souls for a living… discovers that they afterlife is a lot harder than advertised.

Why it rocked: Other than being one of the funniest (and at times most touching) shows of recent years, Dead Like Me was all about two things: characters and moments. First the characters: English low-life Mason (Callum Blue); terminally grumpy meter maid Roxy (Jasmine Guy); delusional actress Daisy (Laura Harris); and, my personal favorite… temp agency boss Dolores Herbig (“as in, her big brown eyes”). But, it’s through the intelligently sarcastic eyes of George Lass (Ellen Muth), the show’s unlikely protagonist, that everything comes together. The acting is top notch (not only from these characters but by the entire cast) and the show layers so many unforgettable, character-driven yet absolutely jaw-dropping moments, one on top of the other. Each episode is life-affirming yet in no way schmaltzy. One of the most original shows I’ve ever seen. I’ve yet to have anybody not become hooked after the first episode. The show may have only lasted two seasons, but it was one of the all time best to ever be put on the air.

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Season One Trailer

The infamous “pap” scene - comic genious


Blogger Paul said...

i haven't gotten round to season 2 yet, but season one was a winner from start to finish. i loved the dark humour and the intricate storylines. You think Buffy would have prepared the world for this, but alas it was not to be. It joins Freaks and Geeks, Jake 2.0 and Savannah (!) in quality tv heaven

1:57 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Season two isn't quite as good as the first, but a definite must with some great episodes. It also delves deeper into each character, which is great because the show has some of the best characters ever.

5:06 PM  

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