Dead Like Me: Season One

Dead like me is one of those shows you want to hate, but the more you watch, the more you love it. It has that lousy made for TV stench all over it, but once you get used to it, it gets better and better. Dead Like Me is a made for Showtime TV series, and is much like HBO’s Six Feet Under, but in my opinion, better. Six feet is about a family that deals with death, while Dead Like Me is about Death, the actual dude- only there’s thousands of him- or her.

Georgia “George” Lass (Ellen Muth) is a college drop out, a loser, a disappointment to society and to her parents. During what seemed like a ‘freak accident’, she is killed by a toilet seat that falls from the MIR space station out of the sky and lands on her, killing her instantly- or did it kill her instantly? Before she was killed, a soon to be ‘ex-Grim Reaper’ pulls her soul out of her body, because the way you die, is the way you look for eternity (imagine getting mauled by a bear and having your face mangled for eternity, that would suck). She soon after is given the task of “grim-reaping” and helping release souls to the after-life after they’ve been released from the recently deceased. The entire first season, which consists of 14 episodes on four discs, follows George as she gets comfortable in her new life, as she lives on the earth as “the undead”, which is human, but not quite. She can eat, drink, watch movies- and wouldn’t you know it- work to pay for a place to live! Man the after-life looks like it sucks…

As the show progresses, it gets wittier and wittier as all of the questions you might have are eventually answered. Each episode spends around 45 minutes teaching George a lesson or two about the after-life and Grim Reaping. Once the show got rolling, I found the stories to be quite simplistic and yet so full of new ideas- that leave you with more questions that get answered further in the season and hopefully in season 2.

I found the directing style very high quality TV, in the very essence of HBO, if not better (come on, The Soprano’s gets worse every season!). The soundtrack is very hokey and cheesy, but it fits, and goes with this dark comedic show. It still blows me away that there are over ten hours of episodes on here and making a theatrical film that’s only one and a half hours long takes two years to make.

After watching over ten hours of amazing TV shows, the extra features don’t really feel “necessary”, although it’s always a nice addition to have. Although most of the special features weren’t particularly amazing, there was still four pages (30 minutes) of deleted scenes. Many of the deleted scenes were actually quite important, but it looks like they were cut for times sake. There was also a 5-minute long behind-the-scenes featurette, which was nothing too exciting, along worth a four minute feature on the “music of Dead Like Me“. The one feature that was small, but I really enjoyed was the “Dead Like Us” feature, which was set up like a headline. There were two sections; one was “Necromantics”, which were funny personal ads for some of the dead folks in the show. The other was the “Top 10 Deaths” from the show, which I advise you look at after you’ve watched the entire season. There was also a trailer for the next season and a photo gallery (who needs a photo gallery?).

When I first received the press release for the show, I though to myself, “what the hell is this?”, but I figured why not try something new- and I make that the advice for all of you. I watched the show with my parents, my ex-girlfriend and two of my close friends and they were all hooked after the pilot episode. If you doubt my words, rent the first disc at your local Hollywood Video or Blockbuster and check it out, because you might find yourself picking up the entire box set the next day. Good show Showtime…

Episode Guide:

Pilot

George’s death thanks to a chunk of space station hurtling to Earth leads to some surprising revelations about her life – and her afterlife.

Dead Girl Walking

George tries to shirk her new grim reaper responsibilities, but discovers that doing so leads to nasty consequences for the souls. She also attempts to get a real job by once again gracing the doorway of the Happy Time Temp Agency.

Curious George

George discovers the price that the dead pay when they try to hang on to their past.

Reapercussions

George finds a loophole in the “reaper rules” and decides to spare her next soul, but quickly learns that if you flip off Fate, Fate flings it back at you ten-fold.

Reaping Havoc

George realizes that even the undead need friends, but she loses one when a reaper decides to jump to the other side.

My Room

George meets her new roommate, Daisy Adair, a glamorous, but annoying 1930s ingenue-turned-reaper who has joined their group.

Reaper Madness

George gets her first post-mortem kiss from a doomed schizophrenic who can see the gravelings.

A Cook

George gets a pet and Rube takes a shift on the grill at Der Waffle Haus.

Sunday Mornings

George makes a new friend and discovers her dad is not the person she thought he was, while Roxy’s actions cause an obnoxious lout to find religion.

Business Unfinished

Daisy enlists George’s help in fleecing a wealthy society matron’s son, and Roxy faces her annual struggle to come to terms with her death.

The Bicycle Thief

Needing money to buy a bicycle, George gets a new job — and an awkward farewell party at Happy Time – while her fellow reapers face their own complications.

Nighthawks

George panics when Rube is assigned to pop a soul at her family’s home.

Vacation

Death takes a holiday and the reapers use the break to catch up on some paperwork.

Rest in Peace

While George tries to get her old job back, her family prepares to visit her grave.

Official Score