Dead to Me (TV series)
|Dead to Me|
|Created by||Liz Feldman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||26–33 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||May 3, 2019 –|
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. At the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, Applegate received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Dead to Me is about "a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini). Jen is a recently widowed real estate agent trying to come to terms with her loss through therapy, exercise, and other methods. 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.
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. 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.
Cast and characters
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Pilot"||Amy York Rubin||Liz Feldman||May 3, 2019|
|2||"Maybe I'm Crazy"||Amy York Rubin||Liz Feldman||May 3, 2019|
|3||"It's All My Fault"||Abe Sylvia||Anthony King||May 3, 2019|
|4||"I Can't Go Back"||Abe Sylvia||Kate Robin||May 3, 2019|
|5||"I've Gotta Get Away"||Minkie Spiro||Abe Sylvia||May 3, 2019|
|6||"Oh My God"||Minkie Spiro||Njeri Brown||May 3, 2019|
|7||"I Can Handle It"||Kat Coiro||Emma Rathbone||May 3, 2019|
|8||"Try to Stop Me"||Kat Coiro||Kelly Hutchinson||May 3, 2019|
|9||"I Have to Be Honest"||Geeta Patel||Rebecca Addelman||May 3, 2019|
|10||"You Have to Go"||Geeta Patel||Liz Feldman & Abe Sylvia||May 3, 2019|
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. On November 2, 2018, it was reported that Amy York Rubin would direct the first and second episodes of the series.
On July 11, 2018, it was announced that Christina Applegate had been cast in one of the series' two lead roles. On August 3, 2018, it was reported that Linda Cardellini had been cast in the series' other lead role. A week later, it was announced that Max Jenkins and Luke Roessler had been cast in series regular roles. On September 12, 2018, it was reported that James Marsden and Ed Asner had been cast in starring roles. 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.
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." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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.
|2019||TCA Awards||Outstanding New Program||Dead to Me||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Christina Applegate||Pending|||
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