Dead to Me (2019– )
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The two leads - Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini - have wonderful chemistry. Their interactions and the moments of sorrow feel like as if they are best friends in real life and just connect in the most sincere and natural way. The acting is also just sublime and shows once again that these ladies don't get enough high profile acting jobs in Hollywood, which is a shame. The subject of the series is not an easy one to handle and to combine it with comedy is very risky, but it really works here.
The episodes are easily bingeable with a runtime around 30 minutes and every episode has several situations our characters get in, that'll keep you interested while you watch it all unfold. Every episode also ends on a cliffhanger that made my jaw drop, over and over again - which I'm a sucker for.
The show starts with Jen (Applegate) losing her husband in a hit-and-run accident. She's obviously having many problems and trying to deal with the fact she's a widow and single mother now, trying to raise her two teenage sons. She decides to join a meeting for those who lost loved ones and it's here we get to meet Judy (Cardellini). Both totally opposite personalities, but still connecting in a way they didn't think was possible. The pacing of every scene and episode is enjoyable and kept me engaged throughout. It's fun to see things progressing not knowing what will happen next.
The events slowly come together as a cohesive whole and we meet several key witnesses and side characters that help our leads develop into different personalities, without losing the characteristics we love them for. This build up could escalate in unseen proportions and who knows what might happen to the people closest to them.
The ending gets wrapped up really well and it does set up a potential follow up, but it could work as a standalone season. Dead To Me Season 1 is a tale of sorrow and mystery, the latter intriguing its interested audience the most. Don't think you've seen it all after the big twist gets revealed at the end of the first episode. More secrets arise, which cause lots of banter and drama. In my opinion the writers could've made it all even darker with the comedy-aspect and certain intense situations. Who knows what a second season might bring.. Although I think it would be a waste to see these characters disappear, since they are so much fun to spend time with on an evening after work, with a glass of wine in your hand. Cheers!
It's premise (Two widows meet at a support group meeting, and become close friends) is not something that sounded interesting to me, but I love Christina Applegate, always have since I had a crush on her in Married With Children, and since then, I have always enjoyed her work in movies and TV. So I gave it a chance. Well, I binge watched the entire season in one go.
Linda Cardellini is an actress I only know from the Scooby Doo movies and other supporting roles in comedies (Daddy's Home) and the MCU, I didn't really have an opinion of her, I didn't like or dislike her, but she is amazing here
Darkly comic at times and heartbreaking at others, it is utterly compelling and each episode just makes you want to watch the next. I highly recommend it, one of the best TV shows I have seen in a long time.
Every episode was so enthralling. The writing, acting, and directing are just a treat! Such believable characters. Even though you think some of the situations they get themselves in seem a bit much, it's presented in such a way that you can understand what the characters are going through; what motivates them, and what they're feeling.
Maybe I relate to the portrayal of grief, and trying to keep it together. The acting was on point. I love layered characters. Nothing is black, and white.
Don't start watching this at 1am.
Do not start the Pilot unless you have 6 hours to spare. You WILL binge.
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are just great. The show is original, funny, witty but suspenseful and even deep at times.
I've seen other people compare it to Grace and Frankie ( but darker), and I see the resemblance as both are comedies based on the friendship of two women who could not be more different from each other, but for some reason its atmosphere keeps me thinking that this is probably somewhere near where Santa Clarita Diet was going ( but sadly failed).
My only concern about this show is that the plot may not be able to stretch for more than a season, maybe two, but let's see what happens. Other than that, if you like dark comedy, give this a go!