I recently binged watched the Netflix webseries “Dead To Me”. By binged watched I mean that I was hooked to the show from the first episode and finished two seasons of the show over the last weekend. It’s very rare that I get hooked to a show from its first episode. Even cult favourite shows like “The Office” and “Brooklyn 99” took 3-4 episodes to get me engaged. Maybe I didn’t have very high expectations to begin with because a lot of my friends haven’t watched it yet. Let’s jump into the review.
STORY: The show is a dark comedy that primarily revolves around the friendship between the newly widowed Jen and the free spirited Judy. Jen meets Judy at a grief group. Jen is an angry widow, it’s been a few months since her husband was killed in a hit and run case with no leads as to who was the killer. Judy has recently lost her fiance. They quickly become friends helping each other through their individual emotional baggage. But as the story progresses a lot of secrets are revealed that put a damper on their friendship. I wish I could tell you more of the story but that would spoil the plot of the show for you.
WHAT I LIKED:
- Christina Applegate – can we please appreciate what an amazing actress she is! Jen is not the most lovable character but she is still my favourite character from the show. I’ve only seen Christina in funny roles before this (Jennifer Aniston’s sister in FRIENDS) but she plays this dark role beautifully.
- The friendship between the protagonists. It’s so refreshing to see a strong female friendship. Usually the society we live in likes to pit women against each other, so it’s really nice to see a show that revolves around female friendship.
- The storyline is gripping and the comedy infused in the dark theme of the show kept me entertained throughout. This show will appeal to someone who likes comedy shows as well as someone who likes thrillers.
- JAMES MARSDEN and his brooding good looks! *Sigh*
- The copious amount of wine the women drink. I can so relate to wanting to open a bottle of wine every time I’ve had a shitty day.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
- The season 2 plotline wasn’t as thrilling as season 1. It had a couple of glaring loopholes that were hard to ignore. Romance seemed to be the focus of season 2 over their friendship.
- They didn’t properly deal with some plotlines. Eg; when Jen finds out about something bad that Judy does, her reaction to it is not the way I’d imagine a normal person would react in the given circumstance.
- Linda Cardellini – she’s a really good actress and maybe it’s more about the character she was playing but somehow I didn’t end up liking Judy or her performance in the show. I felt like her range of emotions were fixed to confused and sad.
VERDICT: I absolutely 100% loved the show. It was a light watch yet gripping and engaging. I didn’t want to stop watching the show which isn’t something that happens very often with me. I’d definitely recommend it for a fun watch during the lockdown.
YAY OR NAY: 100% YAY!!