I found the idea of this show interesting and thought it might have potential. The idea of the grim reaper not being a black hooded figure but an actual person made me want to tune in so I did. Unfortanately, I was more than ready to tune out after the first episode. George dies by getting hit with a toilet seat that fell from a space station. Seriously?! How messed up is that? That made me want to turn it off immediately, but I didn't because I wanted to give it a chance. The characters in the show are interesting, but most of the story lines were boring and dated. Then the creatures were introduced that reapers weren't allowed to stop. I would appologize to the people who died, because of the creatures they COULDN'T see. I'm sorry, but noone should be allowed to die when it was done like that.
This was a great and refreshing show. Finally someone had teh balls to think of something different pertaining to religion, which I guess is not that easy in our society. The show is about reapers (you know the grim reapers)...
These reapers get assigned dead people to help cross over. So basically they go to a scene where someone is going to die, wait for the accident, and help the remaining spirit cross over. George the main character is a young girl, in a dead end cubicle job. She gets killed by a toilet seat from space (whch is literarily a Sh**** way to go). There is a catch though, these reapers must eat and live somewhere, therefore they need to earn money, some by crime like Mason (Callum Blue) and other with legitimate jobs. This sets the characters up for some really funny situations. The pillar of the show is Mason, a reaper that died chasing the ultimate high(a drill to the head,lol). Shame the show ended so soon, and even worse that they made a movie. But all in all, a higly underrated show, that should have lived to see at least 8 years of quality television.
I was having trouble dealing with the fact that I will soon be dead. The VA doctor was even cold enough to tell me by phone that my cancer was terminal. How could I be dying? I don't even feel sick, "You will as it spreads" he said.
One of the keywords I used in google brought up the show "Dead Like Me" and out of curiosity, I downloaded the first couple of episodes. I was hooked. Since I am now too weak from chemo to do much else, I downloaded all 29 episodes and the movie. I watched them all. You know the old cliche "I laughed, I cried"...I did. I cried a lot. Me...a combat veteran, hardened by a sometimes tough life of 60 years...crying like baby.
In writing about death, they captured the essence of life...and death, and helped me find a way to deal with my own life...and death.
I will truly miss this show,it's a shame it was only a two season run. Its been the best story show on TV in a long time. Make's you cry and think,plus it's cast was picked perfectly.It was sad to know it was not going to be brought back for a third season,made watching the final show sad to watch.Everything was fitting,the sad part was it will always leave me wanting more! also for the record I believe the last guy who dead on the episode should have been left to suffer!! To the creators: Bring back another season please!!! And thank you for such a wonderful story line!! Outstanding,and inspiring for those of us who believe the the here after!!
ok, I bet most of us has said \'\'bring it back\'\' but has anyone actually done anything to get it back? and since the show is still shown in reruns then there must be people watchin it right? so if enough people told Showtime they want it back and up and running then maybe if we\'re lucvky, they might just listen. so i sugest that everyone that wants the show back get in contact with the good people at showtime and give them a good reason to do so. now for contact if you live within scandinavia go to http://nonstop.tv/showtime/ and send them an e-mail. im gonna do it right now and i hope you will aswell.
Show started out on different take of life after death thing then characters got tweeked. Appeared to have been a "new" writer mixing messages and losing my religion thing came about. Show still good but I could write better stuff. Didnt need to quit.
The Sister should have met up more with the little boy reaper. Ellen should have had the guy dating her and learning some lsson to give her a reason for being in such a limbo setting. Why the heck was she going thru ll that head thinking stuff otherwise? It had great content that it could have reached that I kept coming back to see if she got the message. There should have been less of the Friday the 13th TV Show thing going on. This was one heck of a show and now I have ONE less reason to watch TV
George (Ellen Muth) is forced to do her job as a reaper after she died being hit by a toilet from space. The story is told from the point of view of 18-year-old jaded slacker George, whose voice-over commentary sometimes contradicts what is happening on the screen. She and her group of Reapers have to take the souls of people who are about to die. Out of the whole group I find the funniest character to be Mason - the boozing reaper always on the lookout to make a quick buck. The format of the show is fascinating as there are two arcs going at the same time: George adjusting to the afterlife, and her family slowly falling apart because of her death.
Every now and then a show comes along that is a true gem. The kind of show that stands apart and claims unique artistic independence from the regular 9 to 5 gluttony. Shows like Twin Peaks, Wonderfalls, Mellinium, Profiler, Brisco County (theres more but you get the idea) that have forever been etched into my "Great TV shows Hall Of Fame", but unfortunately they have all been underdogs (and i always root for the underdog!), lasting , at best, no more than 2 seasons. Why do half of my favorite shows get canceled?
One of my current additions to that list is is "Dead Like Me" -i really loved that show and i really miss it!! It was a show that i could relate to in several ways because I saw a part of me in each character. It combined a sense of rebellious youth AND mature reality perfectly. I loved the wonderful flow and rhythm of the acerbic dark humor and touching human frailty. In every single episode i could easily bust a gut laughing and cry like a baby. This show had it all in abundance! Great writing, great directing, great camera/cinematography and great acting- so effortlessly portrayed by the cast-and without great actors giving great performances then it's no good no matter how good everything else is. So, thank you- Callum, Ellen, Jasmine, Laura and Mandy! You guys ROCK! Christine, Cynthia, and Britt for supporting and giving life to the back stories!
My favorite character was/is 'Mason' acted brilliantly(!) by the talented, adorable and quite handsome Callum Blue. Callum make Mason as lovably clueless as he is sad and hopeless. So, a hearty, hug-filled Thank You to Callum, there would be no Mason without him!
I still wonder exactly what Showtime was thinking by canceling it. There is a large devoted fan base for this show and we were all let down when DLM was let go. Sometimes the fans refuse to let that happen and the networks actually listen (like Medium) but the powers that be decided to travel a different road for DLM....! At least we have a newly released DLM MOVIE! It remained true to the original series with believable, albeit interesting, changes and thank gods the direction by Stephen Herek was excellent(!). But, it was bittersweet because it reminds me how much i miss the show.
The main character, George, isn't exactly lovable. She's gloomy, which I supposed one would be after they die, but she was gloomy before. Her afterlife is a bit of an improvement over her real life where she couldn't get a job and lived an isolated life with her divorced Mom and a younger sister.
Still, George's story is compelling as she comes to grips with her new job as a reaper, as well as having to get a real job in an office. The show isn't just about running about collecting souls, it's also about a day to day existence of getting by, forming relationships with coworkers and learning about their pasts, and trying to separate your past from your present so you can move on.
This was a great show, over before it's time. There were a few glaring mistakes here and there, but not enough to detract from it overall. I enjoyed this show so much that because I didn't have Showtime I arranged with friends to watch it at their place, even when they weren't home. I had to tape it for them. They even canceled Showtime when they learned Dead Like Me got canceled.
What really happens when you're dead? You either go into the light or you become a Grim Reaper. This is the story of a young lady who takes the second route. Killed by a toilet seat reentering the atmosphere George lives on as a reaper.
Clever, entertaining, comedic, and quirky are some of the adjectives I would use to describe this show from Showtime and MGM. The fact that it was canceled like it was is almost tragic. It is surprising that MGM could not find another network at the time. Ellen Muth as George and Mandy Patinkin as Rube both do an outstanding job as the main characters and the rest of the cast is great in their many different adventures.
I really enjoyed Rebecca Gayheart in the first five episodes as Betty, Georges short lived best friend. I would love to see the character return if they do revive the series.
Ellen Muth does an excellent job of carrying a show that really delves into the psyche of the main character and deals with her feelings about life, death, her family, and existence in general.
The rest of the cast of regulars Jasmine Guy as Roxy, Callum Blue as Mason, Laura Harris (now Sarah Wynter) as Daisy, and Christine Willes as Delores round out a very professional and well balanced cast.
I saw the new movie that was released and have reviewed here at TV.com as well. Maybe this is a sign we might see this show return. ScFi? USA? TNT? Any takers.
I was sad to see that der waffle house was gone seeing George and her sister come together and ease both of their souls was heart warming The best part of the movie was seeing that Mason Roxy havent changed any and still give physical comedy a new meaning
This movie is the prime example of why this series should never have been canceled. The only sad thing about it coming out, is that there wasn't enough advertisement, and I didn't know that is was coming out until I saw it in the store. This movie completely reminded me of why I adored this show so much, and it is a breath of fresh air to have something with a sense of humor, and hopefully it is brought back to answer some of the questions that are left to be. I sincerely hope that this show continues on and soon!
I am so happy they gave the fans closure, even if it was a "cult following". They always cancel the good shows without giving them and ending (Ahem, ie: "Huff").
I loved the movie and they did a nice job of how they wrote Rube out of the show. It tied in nicely with the ending.
Watching it made me a bit sad though, it just made me remember how much I loved this show, and how we will never get to see anymore of it.
Loved the comic-like beginning. Also it was great how they got many of the original cast back and kept them looking close to how the characters looked all that time ago (because you don't age when you are dead!)
My only complaint was the new "Daisy" character. I didn't like her anywhere near as much as the original. Other than that, I'm super happy about the movie, if you are a fan you will love it!
Loved this show watched every single episode sadly 2 seasons is not enought think of all the poor shows that have been kept, I recently watched the Film of same name not as good as tv show, daisy is played by different character she is not as good as the old daisy from original episode, also rube is missing from it and some plonker has taken over, the story line was not as good as the tv show in my opinion, wish they would make more of this show, it needs bringing back. But hey when do we ever get what when it comes to tv as the big chiefs always think they no better than the viewers.
Dead Like Me was a wonderful series that is soon to release a spin off movie "Life After Death". It is due to be released on February 17th and will come out directly to DVD.
One of the delightfully addicting things abut this series, aside from and excellent cast, was the music that was chose to accompany the stories within each episode.
Two of my personal favorites musical selections where the songs "Boom Boom Ba" and "Nomah's Land", both by Metisse. Happily, "Boom Boom Ba" will also be included in the new movie! For those who just can't bare to wait to hear it again... It can be heard on the My Space profiles: METISSE. "http://www.myspace.com/metisse"
I loved this show from the first episode! George's sarcastic attitude, her denial of her recent death, and the chemistry with her new co-workers was a great idea and something that was new to television. The idea that grim reapers are out there living lives similar to the living was an interesting premise. The second season was not as great as the first, but still refreshing and different from anything else on television. The series was canceled without a series finale episode to close the story lines, but a direct-to-DVD movie was made to continue the story with our favorite grim reapers with minimal cast changes. Definitely watch the series before watching the movie!
Don't worry! It's hip to be dead. Killed by a flaming toilet seat from space? Things happen. I liked this show alot, and to me, it's proof that there's more to Canada than Doug and Bob Mckensey. Funny and at times bittersweet, poor George has to deal with her own death, her new position as a grim reaper...and all without quitting her day job. Canadian television has impressed me greatly over the last few years with more than one of their exports to our airwaves. Re-Genisis is one example of outstanding Canadian drama, and I was highly impressed with Jane and the Dragon for kids. Can't wait to see what our neighbours to the north are going to come up with next!
I just started watching this show on Netflix like a week ago and I got really into it. I really like the characters and the very unique and comical story, (It's not everyday you see a show about reapers with a sense of humor.) When I finished the second season I checked online to see when the third season would be coming out and I was shocked when I found this page and it said that the show was canceled, and now I'm so disappointed, I just don't think the show ended very well. Does anyone know why they canceled it?
There's an old saying that goes "the dead can't hurt you," but in the case of the new Showtime series Dead Like Me they certainly have the power to bore you to death. After the runaway hit Queer as Folk, the cable network started to go head to head with HBO's boffo original programming. With movies like the searing drama Soldier's Girl and provocative subject matter in such series as Out of Order, an update on couples swapping, they are trying to carve a sharper edge. Responding to HBO's sublimely dark Six Feet Under, Showtime concocted this single-note comedy about death and dying with little organic steam of its own. Dead Like Me centers on hapless Georgia 'George' Lass, an aimless 18 year-old, played with bored, furrowed-brow naivete by Ellen Muth. Like many disaffected youth, she is completely alienated from her parents and has no thought of moving her life forward. Her mother makes her get a temp job as a file-clerk and when she goes out for lunch she gets struck by a toilet-seat plummeting to earth from a disintegrating MIR space station. The first person Georgia meets in the afterlife is Mandy Patinkin as Rube, a grim-reaper, who utters lines like "We're bail bondsman for the disembodied," telling Georgia to "join the ranks of the undead." Not a promising start. Rube pawns Georgia off to Mason (Callum Blue), a likeable sidekick who earns his undead money by stealing parking meters. Stone faced Jasmine Guy plays Roxie, an uber-rigid meter maid who runs him over with her parking cart. The reapers might be earthbound, but they heal quickly. The group guide George's apprenticeship and dub her 'toilet seat girl.' Eventually, George stops whining and accepts her lot, aided by undead gal-pal Betty (Rebecca Gayheart) who likes being a reaper and even robs her own grave, ripping the rings off of her own skeleton. The reapers are not only expected to reach their quotas of souls for commission, they have to find places to live and get jobs, since they are still visible in an aged form to the outside world. Visits to gangland slayings. train wrecks, falling waffle signs, bear maulings, and armed bank robberies are secondary to the constant dialogue by the reapers about death and dying. The ghoulish musings are endless and, when the gallows humor starts to fly, tasteless as well. There is winning off-handed drollness, as when Mason delivers the souls of two drugged-out deadbeats who won't stop arguing, "Look, you two just killed each other, so shut up." Surprisingly Patinkin, a consummate scene chewer onscreen in such series as Chicago Hope, underplays here and works the carping premise broadly, lightening the mood. Later, after George learns a few of the ropes, Rube, giving out the reaper's appointment, says to her "So peanut, feel up to taking a soul today?" So George finally gets her first real job, taking the soul of a little girl who was destined to die in a train wreck. The sullen George wants to quit delivering souls, so Rube takes her to the morgue and explains that if she doesn't keep her appointments and deliver a soul out of a body, they are trapped in their dead mortal coil, forever conscious of their own putrifaction and other unspeakable fates. Meanwhile, George tries to return home to talk to her mother and sister, Reggie, but because her form is altered she comes off as a stalker. Her stoic mother Joy (Cynthia Stevenson) is just coming to grips with her death and Reggie has been acting out by stealing toilet seats. Director Scott Winant and writer Bryan Fuller, are veterans of many successful series, so Dead Like Me might settle into something unique. Now, as each death scene is set-up for comedy and drama, it wants to be too many things. Take the overloaded coup de grace of a young man trying to cash his paycheck. A woman who suspects her bank manager husband is cheating on her interrupts an armed bank robbery. With baby in arms, she wields a gun and forces the teller to tell on her husband. She fires her gun in the air that ricochets and hits a boiler causing the ceiling to fall, but no one is killed. The young man gets his check cashed all right- he slips on a banana peel, slides into a revolving door and gets his head crushed. Ouch! Now that's overkill.
Not such a great afterlife for poor Georgie Lass who didn't want to die and now that she is dead, certainly doesn't want to take other people's souls. A very different type of series which dealt with grief in a very quirky but yet real way. Should not have ended when it did, it had a least another 2 seasons in it. A lot of questions remain unanswered and it's a shame. Perhaps the show was too out there for people, that's why it may have been cut, either way Bryan Fuller has done well and now has Pushing Daises to concentrate on. Another good show which perhaps may go the same way. (I hope not)
George Lass dies when a toilet from a space station falls from the sky and hits her. She discovers that afterlife really does exist and she becomes a reaper. Then she meets a group of reapers who collect people's souls.
I wished they didn't ended this series because it was funny. It was emotional and had some drama all mixed into one along with being very funny. To anyone who like a series that is funny along with being a little bit crazy at times then this is your show. I am glad I was able to watch this weird show when it was airing because it good when you bored or want to pass time. To anyone who might be interested in watching this series then you might try the Sci-Fi Channel, which is where I saw it aired the last time I checked. Good luck at finding Dead Like Me.
An unforgettable ending that leves you craveing more. A dark, sick man murdurs men woman and children on his final rampage. sick and twisted, the man stops at the houses and kills them at the time of there street adress (such as 730 eastern av would dye at 7:30). george descovers that the killer is someone from her childhood that she had seen. in this episode you also find that maybey george had always had a conection to the supernatural and may have been being watched by death untill hers because she sees a graveling in the mans house as a child. this is truely the way to end something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am still watching the reruns and running them again. Why did it have to end? While other shows that aren't nearly as good go on for season after season. Don't you think you could bring it back? There was SO many possibilities that this show could of took on. And, in each of the reapers lives. Mother and reaper working together? What happened? Bring it back and let me know when you do. :0) Gosh alot of unanswered questions. Keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that you will bring back this awesome show. Where did the actors go? Give it another chance.
I believe this was one of the better shows to ever be cancelled after only two seasons. I enjoyed this show right from the beginning. Unfortunately since it was cancelled rather unexpectedly so there are many unanswered questions. Still, its worth watching. And since you can get both seasons on DVD there really is no excuse. Honestly, since the show does handle some "risky" subject matter, i.e. death and dying, it may not be for everyone. Mostly the dying is in some tragic or comically gruesome fashion, so its not particularly traumatic, but kind of spooky for lack of a better word.
Georgia Lass dies an untimely death after being hit by part of a toilet seat from a space station. The End... nah not really. She now has to join the (not so merry) team of Grim Reapers led by the mysterious Rube.
I first saw this show on Swedish television and thought it was weird, but the week after fate had me seated by the television once more and I was hooked! The show is about George (Georgia) Lass, a teenager that just got her first job. During her lunch break on her first day at work she gets killed by part of a toilet seat falling from space. But she doesn't just die, she joins the ranks of the undead (Not as grim as it sounds). It seems there are a lot of reapers around the world taking souls from the living just before they die. Reaping is divided into several categories (e.g natural causes... boooring). George and her grim associates take care of the souls belonging to people about to die from external causes, like accidents, murder and suicide. I promise many grim and funny ways of watching people die! Anyway... I saw this show at the right moment in my life, I had just got my forst job and moved away from home into my own apartment and could sympathise with George in so many ways. For example, it's not like she can continue her job anymore or live with her parents. She's not registered as anything anywhere and she doesn't even get paid! She has to "borrow" an apartment from one of her "clients" and her salary is whatever she can find in pockets. Watching her in her apartment, all alone and scared really got to me. Show's normally don't do that. Bring it back!
The fact that this show was cancelled after two seasons is rather upsetting. It was just getting it's legs when they were cut out from under it. The characters were starting to come into their own, and it was taking a turn in a more character driven direction. Don't get me wrong, season 1 was great, but season 2 was even better. The comedy in this show was just fantastic, and like I said in my summary they managed to make death comical. The first example is obviously the way George kicked the bucket, getting hit by a toilet from the Russian MIR space station. They manage to make pretty much all of the death scenes funny, no matter what is happening to the person dying. I loved all of the characters, especially Mason and of course George. Mason had me cracking up every episode, and yet he still had his softer side which proved what a great actor Callum Blue is. George, well, she was just a great character in every way. From the way she died to the way she reacted to it, everything she did was great. I'm sad that this show didn't get a longer life, but it's nice to know that there is at least a big enough demand for Dead Like Me that we're getting a movie about it.
Wallowing in lack of new episodes from the cult hit Buffy The Vampire Slayer and waiting for word on whether or not Charmed would be picked up for an 8th season - friend is browsing the ondemand and begins to play an episode as I am just getting dressed. He yells, "oh my god, come in here you are going to love this show!" Within five minutes I am instantly hooked and we watch two more. I am astounded as to why I never heard of this show before and the obvious lack of advertisting on Showtimes part. I am excited to know they have both seasons on ondemand eccept two from season one. I continue to watch them and Jeremy has to keep up with me. After finishing season 2, I wonder "when does the new season start? I can't wait!" Upon visiting showtimes site, I found no useful information. I stumble onto deadlikemeonline.com to find this great show was previously cancelled. I am absolutly sad and disgusted that Showtime would even begin to replace it with stupid shows like weeds and various shows for adults in their 30s. *Yawn for me* Maybe Showtime wasn't the perfect network for Showtime, so Scifi offers to take it over and the original creator of the show is hurt because of Showtime and MGM's constant issues when the original creator was only involved with the first few episodes of Season One. Hurt because of corporate business? or hurt because they booted his butt from the show and took out the gay dads affair," storyline??? I am very sorry to hear he was hurt so bad - but the tons of fans out there are in disbelief that this is the end of the show. What now? what would have happened? Where is the rest of our show? Ended just like the hit after it's cancellation - My So Called Life. Bring back Dead Like Me.
Proving that reapers aren't necessarily so grim - a brilliantly inventive, curious and always interesting show that mixes the sublime with the ridiculous, the tragic with the comic and the plain surreal with the everyday. Thoroughly enjoyable.
I'd never heard of this show, I'm sorry to say. It didn't appear anywhere on British TV that I had access to, and I took a chance ordering it from Amazon in box set editions. I'm so glad I did. It's one of those shows that defies pigeonholing and that is so refreshing.
Ellen Muth is cast perfectly as George, whose untimely and unseemly demise sets the action in motion. She is a mixture of unconventional prettiness, sadness, teenage-angst, just-what-is-going-on(ness), which means she is at once worldly wise but totally naive. The rest of the cast are also well drawn. Mandy Patinkin is terrific as Rube, the 'wise one' amongst them. A non-singing role, so far, which is a shame (anyone who doesn't know of his singing career run out and buy everything). Laura Harris is the perfect spoiled princess, who tempers the sugar with graphic news of sexual encounters with many of Hollywood's finest, Callum Blue is great, but has less to play with - being the ne'er do well man in the group, whose brains are fully encased in scrotum, Jasmine Guy is sassy, but written well enough not to become a stereotype and has some of the best lines. Not forgetting the delightful Cynthia Stevenson, who does repressed, depressed, obsessed alongside should be/could be/ would be with complete precision. This is a woman you want to blossom, but know you shouldn't let too near the steak knives in the meantime.
And what really makes this show work is the completely off the wall approach. Characters that should be mere comic relief, such as Dolores, become ingrained in the story. People act bizarrely, even the more supposedly sane ones. Families are not all sweetness and light. Death is not always tragic, though often it is - and yet sometimes it can be hugely funny. Rather than just relying on the 'death of the week' premise that drags down too many shows, instead we have a running storyline, specific smaller stories that play out, and a group of characters who are incredibly flawed individuals, but whose stories you care about, even though they're undead! And they swear and talk about sex in the way that you hear every day (and probably do every day). This had the potential to be buttock-clenchingly awful, but instead it's a breath of fresh air, in the 'written by committee', 'let's get to the next one-liner' approach to developing a show.
I haven't seen the whole thing yet, but I'm sticking with it, because it's endlessly watchable. That it was cancelled after just two seasons I'm not surprised about - saddened but not surprised. If you can't put the square peg in your neat little round hole, just get rid of it. It's a crime, or it should be, that programmes like this one get taken off, whilst others (which I won't name for fear of lawsuits!) thrive and do nothing to spark any interest other than their 45 minutes of inanity.
If you haven't seen this, watch it. It may take a couple of episodes to get into - you won't like all the characters, but will identify with them.