Dead to Me
This is another winner from Netflix winner that I probably would not have seen if my wife hadn’t kept talking about people telling her about it. I do like Cristina Applegate and have been watching her since Married with Children. She has turned out to be a fantastic actor that just keeps getting better. I also like Linda Cardellini who is also in it.
This is one of those reviews where I really can’t tell you anything. I can give the big picture, but no details. I urge you to be careful if you read about this show because the less you know, the better off you are.
Cristina Applegate plays Jen, a really uptight real estate agent living in California. She has two boys and has just lost her husband to a hit-and-run driver. She is really sad, very mad, and completely frustrated because not only has she lost her husband, it seems like the police are not working hard enough to find the person who ran him down. In desperation she has joined a grief counseling group. There she meets a hippie woman around her age named Judy, played by Linda Cardellini. They could not be more different.
Judy is a free spirit, so calm and not a care in the world. Jen is wound as tight as a two-dollar watch. Jen winds up spilling her guts to Judy and winds up moving her into the guest house. If that were all this show was about it would be well worth watching. But wait! There’s more!
There are secrets. Judy has secrets, Jen has secrets, Jen’s dead husband has secrets, and so does just about every character in this show. So while we are captivated by the raw emotions that Jen and Judy share, and we are entertained by the funny back and forth between them, we are intensely trying to solve the multiple mysteries that keep being uncovered.
Those mysteries we are dying to know the answer is what makes us click next episode instead of turning off the TV. The show is designed for binge watching. You know, like crack cocaine and meth are designed for repeat sales.
Each episode is 30 minutes, Rated R for language. 10 episodes in a season. Both seasons are on Netflix.
This is an awesome show that is dramatic, extremely funny, and a thriller at the same time. Especially if you are past 40 and lived through some things.
My Score: A solid 5 Budweisers