My Favourite TV: Dead Like Me
18 Year old Georgia Lass finds out there is an afterlife the hard way – by being killed in a bizarre accident when she’s struck by a toilet seat falling from an orbital space station. Luckily for her she’s already been ‘reaped’ by Rube (played superbly by the outstanding Mandy Patinkin). On that day
On the face of it this sounds like a particularly gruesome premise for a show. But on the contrary it’s funny (in an off-beat sort of way), quirky (most definitely) and thoughtful. Any series revolving around death is inevitably going to be ‘heavy’ from time to time but the quite sublime writing takes this show well beyond any mundane concerns. The acting by all concerned – especially Ellen Muth who plays George, Laura Harris who plays Daisy (who is, incidentally, drop dead gorgeous) and Jasmine Guy who plays the feisty Roxy, is universally excellent. Even the annoying Mason, played to perfection by Callum Blue, manages to round out this amazing cast.
This short lived character based show (only lasting 29 episodes) revolved around the lives of the small tightly knit group of reapers, who not only have to come to terms with their own deaths but also their new profession – often whilst holding down a boring day-job. Their instructions are handed out on a daily basis by the enigmatic Rube on post-it notes with sparse details of the soon to be deceased’s name, location and ETD (Estimated Time of Death). The new girl, George, is the focus of the series. We get to know about her life and that of the family she left behind. Her mother Joy (played by the totally gorgeous Cynthia Stevenson) sees her relationship with her husband fall apart and has to cope with her other daughter Reggie (played by Britt McKillip) who quickly goes off the rails by stealing toilet seats.
Obviously hard to put into words this is a delightful, funny, definitely strange series that deserves to be tried (if you haven’t seen it before). Give it a few episodes to grow on you and I think that you’ll really enjoy it. I certainly did.