This series is finely made. The mock-traditions turn it takes is
refreshing and it is comedically extremely well made. The casts' acting
spirits creates a feeling and conversation easy to immerse one's mind
into. The blend of talents from the cast and crew meshes smoothly and
constructively in one of the most productive ways I've seen.
The greatly differing personalities of the main characters creates
beautiful realistic conflict. The Dark-Comedy genre it falls under can
make it unsuitable for children.
If you liked the series, Google the 'Dead Like Me Petition' and show
your support for the uptake of Season 3. Showtime canceled the show.
Why do the negative comments always pop up first?
I love the new Showtime series "Dead Like Me." A lot of people have
criticized it as being unoriginal or trying to capitalize on the ideas and
success of HBO's popular dramatic series "Six Feet Under." I think that's
blatantly ridiculous. People really like to reach sometimes. Sure, both
deal with death, but in entirely different ways. It's like saying one
has the same premise as another because both are about living. It's just
bit of a stretch for me to say the two are alike because I have seen both
and I enjoy both. "Six Feet Under" is more about the relationships
a family who have grown up in, live in, and work in a funeral home. It's
not solely about the "dead people." They are struggling with their own
lives and trying to make the right decisions and they are constantly being
faced with the grim reality of life and death. Life can be crappy and
unfair, and it can be wonderful and beautiful. Death is painful but it
be redemptive and show everyone living that despite all their problems,
still can wake up every morning and do things. As far as "Dead Like Me"
goes, I have to say that it's my new favorite show, even over "Six Feet
Under." "SFU" is a great show in it's own right and it has the distinct
pleasure of being the first of it's kind, pushing limits and bringing a
whole new dimension to the idea of the television series. However, it
to be a bit whiny. Every episode seemed more depressing than the next and
there was never any hope. There's only so many times you can watch a
get knocked down and I think those characters get knocked down so much.
that life is a bed of roses and that we should sugar coat it, turning the
show into a warped but ever perky version of "The Brady Bunch," but life
isn't always all bad and I think they fell into that cynical rut where it
was easier to depict life as being unbearable than to admit the upsides.
"Dead Like Me" is surprisingly lighter. It isn't so heavy handed. There
a definite balance between the bad and painful side of life, and the truly
heartwarming and humorous aspects of life. It is an incredibly witty
Unlike Matt Roush of the TV Guide, I don't think "Dead Like Me" is wrapped
up in itself or doling out heavy handed messages. I like that it's campy
and off beat. It's not trying to be an imitation of another show. If you
haven't watched it, give it a chance. And as a last note, I just want to
say that I love the entire cast. They each play their characters so well.
Mandy Patinkin is hilarious and real. Ellen Muth is subtly sardonic and a
believable apathetic teenager. You really feel for her. In life she was
unhappy and sort of going through the motions, and in death she realized
much she cared about the people in her life and just her life in general.
Callum Blue is so incredibly funny. I love the episode when his character
Mason is with Rube (Patinkin) at the airport and the drugs he's smuggling
have burst. He executed that brilliantly. Plus, he's gorgeous. Rebecca
Gayheart is great. She plays Betty. Her character is one of those people
who don't look before they leap or think before they speak. She says what
she means and does what she feels and it really adds to the show. Jasmine
Guy is hilarious as Roxy. Absolutely love her. She's this little petite
lady with a huge attitude and this energy of her own. Cynthia Stevenson
great as Joy, Georgia's (Muth) mom. Anal retentive, controlling, and
devastated at the death of her daughter, Joy is really a great