If you’re looking for your next show to binge watch, I would highly recommend tuning into “Dead to Me” on Netflix. It’s got three seasons, each of which is an average of ten episodes about half and hour long, making it a quick watch for you before you move on to your next show.
It’s been out for quite some time now, with the first season being released May 3, 2019 and the second season out on May 8, 2020.While season three took its time to come out, it was finally released last November.. The third season was delayed, of course, because of the pandemic and tragically due to the unfortunate diagnosis of one of the main actresses Christina Applegate, who found out she had multiple sclerosis (MS).
This show is a good balance of drama, murder-mystery and wholesomeness. It’s set in Laguna Beach, California, and the characters each have their own personalities that add so much to the show. Christina Applegate plays Jen Harding in the series, a recent widow who struggles with single-motherhood after her husband is killed in a hit-and-run accident. She befriends Judy Hale, who is played by Linda Cardellini. Judy is a free-spirited woman who also has a terrible secret. This secret sets up the whole show, so I won’t be spoiling it!
Throughout the show we see a series of events that spur from the initial hit-and-run accident that killed Jen’s husband. We meet Jen’s kids and see how they grieve and move on, and what’s a good show without some humor along the way. It has the usual on and off again romances between some of the characters that keeps things interesting, however, I found myself laughing in every episode despite how heavy it could be sometimes. It evolves into something you couldn’t predict, that’s what kept me so intrigued. I loved that I couldn’t predict what would happen next because each episode often ended in cliffhangers, which I always fall for.
Personally, I really liked the unpredictability that came with each episode because when you thought the situation couldn’t get any worse for Judy and Jen, it does. Despite that, the two ladies always find a way to pull through and their unlikely friendship continues to develop into something wonderful throughout the seasons. I will say, the final few episodes were an emotional rollercoaster for me because I got very attached to both of their characters.
The audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were glowing. Some raved about the acting, as that made them become super attached to the characters like I did. It scored 86% on the tomatometer, and the audience gave it a 91%. IMDb gave it an 8/10.
In my own review, I would give it a 8.8/10. If you like shows with lots of drama, this is one that is definitely worth watching. There were some moments where I felt like they were trying a little too hard to be funny, but other than that I found it to be enjoyable.
There will be no more seasons for this show, which made me upset when I found out , especially after waiting so long for season three to come out. But the wholesome ending of season three seemed to be a sufficient conclusion for most of the viewers and I.
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