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.