Dead Like Me

I realize I’m a little behind on this show as it was cancelled a while ago but after about the fifth person told me I needed to see it I decided I’d give it a try. Besides, I love shows from Showtime and HBO and I love shows about death. I also became intrigued by Ellen Muth a while ago when I saw her in a Lifetime movie about a teenager lesbian.

Dead Like Me centers around George (Ellen Murth) who dies at the age of 18 before her life really begins and then becomes an undead, a reaper. Her job, as she soon learns, is to remove the soul of the person before they die. As George learns how to take on her new life as a grim reaper her family copes with her death.

An important part of the show is the family that she builds in the afterlife which is Rube (Mandy Patinkin, Roxy (Jasmine Guy), Daisy (Laura Harris), Mason (Callum Blue) and Betty (Rebecca Gayheart – who doesn’t stay long). Each character is very unique and comes with their own set of problems but all end up having a strong bond with George.

My favorite shows are dark comedies and this show is one of the best of it’s kind. It’s quirky, intelligent and thoughtful to the point you just can’t help but love every single character. I didn’t like Daisy for a while, she was a snob and hard to like but as her character developed and she grew a little more I definitely liked her.

It’s unfortunate the show was canceled after only 2 seasons and due to my curious nature I decided I had to find out why this show ended prematurely. From what I understand there were some creative differences as the creator left the show after the first season and he thinks the show never really went in the right direction. Then again, he’s the creator, of course he would say that.

I also read that there was a bit of ego involved with the new Showtime president and that he wanted to do all his own shows. So he let the show go even though it was still high in ratings.

So I hate to say the series doesn’t really end, which is frustrating but on a good note there is talk of it coming back and they are definitely making a movie. Problem is, Rube is not coming back. I have a bad feeling about that because I can’t see the show working without him. He was the father figure and you need that for this kind of cast.

Either way, rent this show. It’s fun and it’s different. That’s good stuff.

Extra –> Here is a great Mason clip, Mason was my favorite. I love my Brit’s 😀

Rating: — The right mixture of dark and fun.

  1. themuttprincess

    August 27, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I hate it when good shows get cancelled. HATE IT!

    I swear, all the good ones do, too.

  2. MisstressM

    August 27, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Oh My God, there is a book just like that. But in this case it’s a dorky guy who has to collect the souls. It is hilariously funny. Let me know if you want the title.

  3. Mr. Fabulous

    August 27, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Grim reaper. That would be a great job for me. :fab:

  4. Angel

    August 27, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    I loved that show…I used to watch it each week (three or four years ago, I can’t remember which). I loved Roxy as a meter maid; I just loved her attitude. I wondered where the show went, but never knew that it was canceled. I hope it returns, but I think you are right, without Rube, it may not be as good as it was.

  5. Avitable

    August 28, 2007 at 7:45 am

    I loved that show. I liked each and every character. But especially Dolores Herbig. And Rube. And Daisy. And Mason. And the waitress. And George.

  6. Robin

    August 28, 2007 at 9:26 am

    TMP – I’m still upset about My So-called Life :annoyed:

    MistressM – Sure!!

    Mr. Fab – You would be good at it….just don’t take advantage of your reaps 😉

    Angel – You should rent it if you have Netflix or something.

    Avi – Then you liked all of them. I’m so glad everyone got me into it…I love finding a really great show. There aren’t many out there.

  7. NYCWD

    August 28, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Rent it?

    Fuck that… stop being cheap and BUY it.

    Amazon has both season’s on sale… that’s how I got mine.

    Oh, and yes, I agree the whole thing with Rube not coming back is going to suck. Apparently Mandy Patinkin thinks he’s a real actor now as compared to when he was in The Princess Bride.

  8. Robin

    August 28, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Watchdog – Well I might buy it but I was certainly going to watch it first to see if I should buy it 😀 Oh and it sounds like Mandy was pulling a Claire Danes :annoyed:

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