Netflix Review: Dead to Me (Season 1)

Something that I think this new show does right is finding humor in dark places. Dark comedy is an uncommon genre but can be so addicting if done well, especially in television/streaming series when it has the ability for a plot to be unpacked over many episodes. I found that Dead to Me accomplishes this task almost perfectly. Liz Feldman (writer/producer for 2 Broke Girls) creates puzzle pieces full of tragedy and comedy in each episode and fits them together so naturally through friendship and manipulation and everyday life that it looks almost effortless and made the first season very easy to hate Netflix for asking “Are you still watching?”….uh, yeah. Duh.
Christina Applegate (Anchorman, Married With Children) co-stars alongside Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, ER, Scooby-Doo) and James Marsden (X-Men, Enchanted, Westworld) for a trifecta of acting achievement. Their stories intertwine in the very first episode which picks up a few months after Jen (Applegate) loses her husband to a freak car accident and starts attending a grief group. There she meets a very outgoing Judy (Cardellini) who she almost instantly despises. A story plot often overlooked: friendships don’t always have to start out as bff’s. Anyway, Judy is dealing with her own grief over “losing” her husband (Marsden), and that story basically leads to many dark turns along the road to the season finale. Almost every moment that Judy and Jen spend with each other after the first two episodes is filled with both relief and tension as viewers begin to learn more about what happened before characters find out. The show is electric and very real, never making light of trauma and heartache or using them for comedy’s sake, but pairing nicely alongside the laughter. They are working on a second season at the moment, so I’m not going to spoil any specifics about this season, but it is a high recommendation from me. If you are looking for a new show to get into but don’t want to feel immediately tied down to an ongoing, multi-season series, I don’t think this will disappoint.
I’ll keep this review short since I have a lot of other things going on right now and just wanted to take a few minutes to get another good streaming recommendation out there to everyone 🙂 I mentioned earlier that I was getting close to catching up, but upon closer inspection there may be a few extra shows to write about (fillers, really…) as I don’t plan on starting too many new series over the summer! So as always, check back here often for new reviews, or subscribe to the blog for instant notifications if you want to stay up to date. For anyone reading who doesn’t know, I have also linked a Facebook page to this blog so you can find me on Facebook @redbeardmoviereviews. Cheers!

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