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Dead Like Me

A television show on Showtime

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One of the most creative shows about death ever

  • Oct 12, 2009
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Imagine you are a snotty, arrogant and hard to get along with 18 year old girl.  You constantly fight with your mother, you ignore you shy younger sister and you have almost no friends.  Then.....you are killed by a falling toilet seat from the space station Mir.  That's the first 15 minutes of the first show in this series.  After that......well......then it gets strange.  When we die, if we have not been good enough to go right to heaven or bad enough to go right to hell, we become grim reapers.....taking the souls of the newly dead from their bodies so they can go where they need to go.  There is so much detail in this show that if I start with one, I have to do them all, and that would be counterproductive.  Let's just say that this show is one of the most creative shows I've ever seen on TV.  It was originally made for cable, but Syfy has shown all of the episodes and even the movie made from the series, after they cleaned up the language.  Ellen Muth is wonderful as George Last (short for Georgia) and she is surrounded by good quality character actors as well.  I especially like Mandy Patinkin as Rube, with his yellow post it notes to tell the reapers where their next reap is.  Yeah, weird.  Much of the show if very funny but occasionally it gets a bit weepy, too.  I definitely had tears running down my cheeks when Rube had to reap his own daughter, and she recognized him.  There is horror as well, when we find out what happens when a reaper (in this case George) fails to pull the soul out of the body at death.  So, bitter, sweet, scary, weepy, funny, sarcastic and creative are all adjectives  I use for this series.  All of the seasons are available on DVD now, and sometimes rather cheaply on eBay.  I also bought the movie at Amazon for an amazingly reasonable price.  I love this series and I hope they eventually come back to it.

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October 23, 2009
I absolutely loved this series. Nice job on this review.
October 23, 2009
Thanks, Count. I keep hoping they are going to make more episodes. They did make a movie that is really interesting.
 
October 13, 2009
I love shows about death, because I am morbid (Six Feet Under, anyone?) I've never seen this though...now I'll have to check it out! Great review.
October 13, 2009
This one is morbid, I suppose, but the main thing I get from this is sarcasm. I mean, Toilet Seat Girl? How sarcastic is that. If you like Six Feet Under, though, you will like this series. I can almost guarantee that
 
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Quick Tip by . February 28, 2010
I found this show one day while surfing channels, unfortunately it was only a re-run but luckily it's on DVD and I can finally see it all!
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I am retired military. I served 6 years of Navy, nearly 6 years of Air Force, and just over 22 years of Air National Guard. I also was a full time technician for the Air Guard for just over 21 years. … more
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While the cable TV dramedy Dead Like Me may resemble a bizarro version of Touched by an Angel, series creator Bryan Fuller insisted that his inspiration was Piers Anthony's novel On a Pale Horse, in which a mere mortal is forced by circumstance to replace "Mr. Death." Ellen Muth stars as Georgia "George" Lass, an 18-year-old perennial loser whose inability to stay in school or hold down a job is matched by the disdain in which she is held by her family. Given George's miserable track record, it is hardly surprising that she is killed in a stupid freak accident, crushed to death by a fragment of the Mir space station's toilet. Upon realizing that she is dead, George finds herself in the company of three other decedents: vapid actress Daisy (Laura Harris), self-styled lothario Mason (Callum Blue), and streetwise Roxy (Jasmine Guy). Assembled by the abrasive Rube (Mandy Patinkin), George and her new companions have been assigned to a post-mortem "Reaper" team, dedicated to helping other departed souls make the transition between life and death. The team's job was complicated by the fact that all of the Reapers retained the memories and emotions of their "living" days, and all of them had left behind unresolved issues that would have to be resolved in the afterlife. Dead Like Me debuted June 27, 2003, on Showtime. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Close
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