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Dead Like Me: Season 1 (2003)

Cast: Ellen Muth, Ellen Muth, Mandy Patinkin, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Fantasy
Languages: English
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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

Disc One contains the Pilot episode and bonus materials.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary by the Cast
  • 30 minutes of deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • "The Music of Dead Like Me" featurette
  • Photo Gallery

GreenCine Member Ratings

Dead Like Me: Season 1 (Disc 1 of 4) (2003)
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7.47 (89 votes)
Dead Like Me: Season 1 (Disc 2 of 4) (2003)
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8.13 (70 votes)
Dead Like Me: Season 1 (Disc 3 of 4) (2003)
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8.21 (71 votes)
Dead Like Me: Season 1 (Disc 4 of 4) (2003)
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8.24 (66 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Coors Light by CBenson August 30, 2006 - 7:47 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This was a frustrating show to watch. It was as if the script was being written in a tug-of-war, with one great writer pulling against three bad ones. Despite occasional moments of bright humor and insight, the show came across as smarmy with lots of sophomoric cheap shots thrown in for easy "laughs." For example, one character is strangled to death with a leg warmer (which she happened to invent - oh, the irony) by her jealous roommate. Mocking the 80s should be easy, but the comedy falls flat and you end up feeling embarassed for the actors in the scene.

Another problems with the show is failure to maintain the rules of its fictional universe. This is especially problematic because certain rules are the bases of certain episodes, instrumental to the arc of the stories. However, in other episodes with the characters facing similar situations, the rules are completely ignored. The reaper rules exist only when it moves the plot along. The same can be said of character development. Characters act and behave in one manner when it suits the plot, but do a complete 180 when it's otherwise convenient. This is just lazy story-telling.
Overall, "Dead Like Me" is nothing more than a Coor Light version of "Six Feet Under."

Death, karma, wit all rolled into one. by muadib11 June 18, 2004 - 7:50 AM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This is a fantastic show. It's a lot lighter than the hbo counterpart six feet under. However it still has that edge of dark humor that I seem to enjoy. The absurdity of the main character's death in the first episode sets the stage for a very humorous series. This one is definitely a must rent :-).

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