NaBloPoMo#21- Dead Like Me

No, the title is not describing my physical state, even though after our camping trip I am exhausted. Some vacation- I cook, I clean, I do dishes, I come back more tired than I started. No, the title is this show we found on Hulu.com. MR and I watch a few episodes every time we come out to the beach house (thanks, Jeff!) It’s one of the things we do once Zombiegirl is in bed.

Why this show ran only two seasons and was cancelled is beyond me. We absolutely love it.

I’ll try to give a quick synopsis without giving too much info.

George (Ellen Muth), only 18 years old, is killed in a freak accident. Instead of going to Heaven (or Hell) she becomes a Grim Reaper, and joins a team of other Reapers lead by Rube (Mandy Patankin) . They have to collect the souls of people like you and me who die in other freak accidents so that they don’t experiece too much pain and can move into the “Great Beyond” without too much stress.

Our protagonist is a college dropout who couldn’t find her way in life and is having trouble finding her way in death. She’s cynical and wry and sarcastic- but not in a grating way that makes you dislike her. She’s a teenager who has to learn about life, and death. The team of Reapers is made up of Ruby (Jasmine Guy), a meter maid with an attitude, Mason (Callum Blue), a former drug addict and opportunist and Daisy (Laura Harris), an actress who was better known for her blowjobs than for her screen presence. The Reapers have all died with unresolved issues who aren’t allowed to go into the afterlife until their lives are resolved.

Also trying to resolve George’s death is her family. Joy, her mother, played by Cynthia Stevenson, is a cold and aloof mom who is realizing if she doesn’t change, she’s going to lose her other daughter, Reggie. Reggie (Britt McKillip) is trying to come to terms with her sister’s death- a sister she wasn’t really close to, but still looked up to. This cast is wonderful. They’re annoying and snotty but human and frail, too.

The show was created and produced by Bryan Fuller who was responsible for shows such as Heroes and Pushing Daisies (another show about Death). It’s a black comedy that uses humor to explore loss and loneliness, and mostly, regret. I’ve laughed through some tears, I’ll admit it.

Who would like this show? Anyone who loved Six Feet Under, Dexter, True Blood or Pushing Daisies.

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