Dead to Me (TV series)

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Dead to Me
Title screen for Netflix's Dead to Me.png
GenreBlack comedy
Created byLiz Feldman
Starring
Composer(s)Adam Blau
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Joe Hardesty
  • Linda Cardellini
  • Peter Chomsky
  • Buddy Enright
CinematographyDanny Moder
Editor(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera[1]
Running time26–33 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Dead to Me is an American black comedy web television series created by Liz Feldman which premiered on May 3, 2019 on Netflix. The series stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini as grieving women who bond during therapy, and it is executive produced by Feldman, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum. The first season received positive reviews. In June 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[2] At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, Applegate received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.[3]

Premise[edit]

Dead to Me is about "a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini).[4] Jen is a recently widowed real estate agent trying to come to terms with her loss through therapy, exercise, and other methods.[5] This is how she meets Judy, who is a part of a therapy group composed of bereft spouses. Jen is mourning her husband, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while Judy grieves for her fiance, who died of a heart attack.[6]

The two characters face their loss differently as Jen finds herself in a dark place, struggling with her grief while Judy maintains a positive disposition.[5] This difference quickly leads to a deep bond between the two. However, Judy keeps a dark secret that causes a disturbing plot twist. She was involved in the death of her friend's husband. Jen becomes more unhinged as she unravels the mystery of her husband's death and secret life.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Christina Applegate as Jen Harding, a real estate agent whose husband Ted was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
  • Linda Cardellini as Judy Hale, a woman that Jen met at a grief support group who befriends her. Unbeknownst to Jen, Judy is the person who hit and killed her husband.
  • James Marsden as Steve Wood (season 1), Judy's ex-fiancé who is an attorney.
  • Max Jenkins as Christopher Doyle, Jen's real estate business partner and friend.
  • Sam McCarthy as Charlie Harding, Jen's older son.
  • Luke Roessler as Henry Harding, Jen's younger son.

Recurring[edit]

  • Suzy Nakamura as Karen, Jen's neighbor.
  • Diana-Maria Riva as Ana Perez, the police detective in charge of the hit-and-run case.
  • Edward Asner as Abe Rifkin (season 1), Judy's friend from the retirement home where she works.
  • Keong Sim as Pastor Wayne, Jen and Judy's grief support group leader.
  • Telma Hopkins as Yolanda, a member of the grief support group.
  • Lily Knight as Linda, a member of the grief support group.
  • Blair Beeken as Wendy, a member of the grief support group.
  • Edward Fordham Jr. as Kyle, a member of the grief support group.
  • Chelsea Spack as Heidi, a member of the grief support group.
  • Brandon Scott as Nick Prager, an off-duty police detective whom Judy met at the grieving retreat.
  • Valerie Mahaffey as Lorna Harding, Jen's mother-in-law and Ted's mother.
  • Haley Sims as Kayley, Steve's assistant.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Olivia Macklin as Bambi, a waitress and Ted's mistress.
  • Steve Howey as Jason, a widow Jen meets at a grief retreat.
  • Tara Karsian as Erica Brewer, Charlie's principal.
  • Adora Soleil Bricher as Shandy Adams, a girl in Henry's class who found Ted's body.
  • Tom Virtue as Doug, a potential client of Jen's.
  • Beth Littleford as Doug's wife.
  • Rick Holmes as Andrew Peters, a man Jen suspects of killing her husband.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Pilot"Amy York RubinLiz FeldmanMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
2"Maybe I'm Crazy"Amy York RubinLiz FeldmanMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
3"It's All My Fault"Abe SylviaAnthony KingMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
4"I Can't Go Back"Abe SylviaKate RobinMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
5"I've Gotta Get Away"Minkie SpiroAbe SylviaMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
6"Oh My God"Minkie SpiroNjeri BrownMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
7"I Can Handle It"Kat CoiroEmma RathboneMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
8"Try to Stop Me"Kat CoiroKelly HutchinsonMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
9"I Have to Be Honest"Geeta PatelRebecca AddelmanMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)
10"You Have to Go"Geeta PatelLiz Feldman & Abe SylviaMay 3, 2019 (2019-05-03)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On April 5, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The series was created by Liz Feldman who was also expected to write for the series and executive produce alongside Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Gloria Sanchez Productions and CBS Television Studios.[8][9][10][11][12] On November 2, 2018, it was reported that Amy York Rubin would direct the first and second episodes of the series.[13]

On April 1, 2019, it was announced that the series is set to be released on May 3, 2019.[14] On June 3, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season, which is set to be released in 2020.[2]

Casting[edit]

On July 11, 2018, it was announced that Christina Applegate had been cast in one of the series' two lead roles.[15] On August 3, 2018, it was reported that Linda Cardellini had been cast in the series' other lead role.[4] A week later, it was announced that Max Jenkins and Luke Roessler had been cast in series regular roles.[16] On September 12, 2018, it was reported that James Marsden and Ed Asner had been cast in starring roles.[17] In October 2018, it was announced that Sam McCarthy had joined the cast in a series regular capacity and that Diana-Maria Riva had been cast in a recurring role.[18][19]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 87% based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 6.51/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Dead to Me doesn't always deliver on the gallows humor that it promises, but the sterling duo of Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini elevates the series above its pulpier aspects—offering a deeply moving relationship shaped by mutual grief."[20] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

Viewership[edit]

On July 17, 2019, Netflix announced that the series was on track to be streamed by over 30 million viewers within its first month of release on the streaming platform.[22]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2019 TCA Awards Outstanding New Program Dead to Me Nominated [23]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Christina Applegate Pending [24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dead to Me – Listings". The Futon Critic.
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  3. ^ Whipp, Glenn; Lee, Ashley (July 16, 2019). "The biggest snubs and surprises from the 2019 Emmy nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 3, 2018). "Linda Cardellini To Star In Netflix Dark Comedy Series 'Dead To Me'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Travers, Ben; Travers, Ben (April 17, 2019). "'Dead to Me' Review: Christina Applegate's Netflix Series Is No Comedy, But It Is a Mess". IndieWire. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Butler, Bethonie (May 14, 2019). "Breaking down the twists in Netflix's 'Dead to Me,' a show about grief — and so much more". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  7. ^ Lawler, Kelly (May 3, 2019). "Review: Netflix's tragicomedy 'Dead to Me' is the best binge watch of 2019". USA TODAY. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
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  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 5, 2018). "Netflix Orders Comedy 'Dead to Me' From Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay". Variety. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 5, 2018). "Netflix Orders Dark Comedy Series From Will Ferrell, Liz Feldman". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  11. ^ Burch, Sean (April 5, 2018). "Netflix Scores Dark Comedy 'Dead to Me' From Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell". TheWrap. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Wright, Megh (April 5, 2018). "Netflix Orders 'Dead to Me' Comedy from Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay". Splitsider. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (November 2, 2018). "'Dead To Me': Amy York Rubin To Direct Pilot & Second Episode Of Netflix Dark Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  14. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2019). "'Dead To Me' Trailer: First Look & Premiere Date For Netflix Dark Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 11, 2018). "Christina Applegate To Star In Netflix Dark Comedy Series 'Dead To Me'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (August 10, 2018). "'Dead To Me': Max Jenkins & Luke Roessler Cast As Series Regulars In Netflix Dark Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 12, 2018). "'Dead To Me': James Marsden & Ed Asner To Co-Star In Netflix Dark Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (October 4, 2018). "'Dead To Me' Casts Sam McCarthy; Fabrizio Guido Joins 'Mr. Iglesias'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (October 19, 2018). "'Dead To Me': Diana Maria Riva To Recur In Netflix Dark Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Dead to Me: Season 1 (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  21. ^ "Dead to Me". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  22. ^ Porter, Rick (July 17, 2019). "'Dead to Me' Watched by 30M Worldwide, Netflix Claims". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  23. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 19, 2019). "'Pose,' 'Russian Doll,' HBO Lead 2019 TV Critic Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  24. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (July 16, 2019). "Emmys: HBO, 'Game of Thrones' Dominate Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 16, 2019.

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