Dead Like Me

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  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.1  (43,618)

Dead Like Me was a comedic-drama show that aired on Showtime from 2003 to 2004. The show followed the afterlife adventures of the character Georgia "George" Lass, played by Ellen Muth. The premise of the show was that George dies after being hit by a toilet seat that fell from a Russian space station, and upon her death, she becomes a "grim reaper," tasked with guiding souls to the afterlife.

As a reaper, George is part of a team of other grim reapers who work tirelessly to perform their duties while navigating the challenges of being undead. The team leader is a character named Rube, played by Mandy Patinkin, who assigns reapers to their daily tasks and provides them with guidance and support.

Throughout the show, George and her fellow reapers must learn to navigate their strange new existence while still trying to make sense of the lives they left behind. George is particularly lost, struggling to understand how to navigate her newfound role, ironic given her status as a cynical and aloof teenager before her death.

Alongside the show's central premise of reapers interacting with the dead, the show also explores commentary on a number of other issues, including family, relationships, and the nature of living. One of the key themes is how death can often lead to reflection on what it means to truly live, and the show is able to skilfully blend humor and tragedy to explore the myriad ways in which living and dying are intertwined.

In terms of its visuals, Dead Like Me had a distinct and unique tone. The show's colors were muted and moody, helping to emphasize the strange and slightly off-kilter nature of the afterlife. The show also utilized a lot of split screens and surrealistic visuals, helping to draw viewers into a world that was both familiar and completely strange at the same time.

The show's cast is one of its greatest strengths, with Muth turning in a fantastic performance as George. She manages to balance sardonic wit with a deep sense of sadness and longing, creating a character that is both endearing and completely relatable. Patinkin is equally excellent in his role as Rube, providing the show with a strong center while still keeping things loose and playful.

Supporting performances are also uniformly excellent, with Laura Harris turning in a particularly standout performance as Daisy, another reaper who endures a journey that is both tragic and touching. The show also features fine work from Rebecca Gayheart, who plays Betty, and Jasmine Guy, who plays Roxy.

Dead Like Me successfully blended a number of different genres to create a show that was both entertaining and thought-provoking. Its examination of life, death, and the afterlife was handled with a deftness and sensitivity, and the show's unique blend of humor and tragedy made it a standout series. Its fanbase has remained engaged long after its cancellation, with many calling for its resurrection in the years since it aired its last episode, a mark of the show's enduring popularity and quality.

Dead Like Me is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on June 27, 2003.

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15. Haunted
October 31, 2004
Halloween is a busy day for the Reapers as a serial killer stalks the city.
14. Always
October 24, 2004
George regrets the things she didn't accomplish in her life, while Mason prepares to move on in the afterlife....
Last Call
13. Last Call
October 17, 2004
Ray and Mason fight for Daisy's affection, and George must persuade an old lady that she has really died.
Forget Me Not
12. Forget Me Not
October 10, 2004
When George tries to pass herself off as the relative of a homeless man, she finds herself more involved in...
Ashes to Ashes
11. Ashes to Ashes
October 3, 2004
After losing her virginity to Trip, George sours on love when he doesn't call.
Death Defying
10. Death Defying
September 26, 2004
George reunites with her new love at his father's funeral.
Be Still My Heart
9. Be Still My Heart
September 19, 2004
George nearly falls for someone she is supposed to reap, while Reggie makes friends with a young pet reaper.
The Escape Artist
8. The Escape Artist
September 12, 2004
George experiences the power of celebrity death when she plucks the soul of a rock star.
Rites of Passage
7. Rites of Passage
September 5, 2004
George faces her first big decision at Happy Time, and Joy looks forward to a new life after accepting an...
In Escrow
6. In Escrow
August 29, 2004
Deadlines loom large as the reapers snatch some hurried souls and George helps Delores impress an efficiency...
5. Hurry
August 22, 2004
George reflects back on her childhood and decides that the secret to popularity is being mean to people.
The Shallow End
4. The Shallow End
August 15, 2004
George realizes that nice girls always finish last, when she recalls a painful childhood event; and she realizes that apparently being mean is the key to popularity. Mason has trouble convinving the old man whose soul he just reaped that he cannot attend his own funeral.
Ghost Story
3. Ghost Story
August 8, 2004
Feeling like she doesn't fit in, George decides to shirk her reaping duties and go on Happy Time's annual camping retreat. Back on the job, Daisy and Mason must scramble to find the Post-it notes he lost, before tragedy occurs beause of his ineptitude.
The Ledger
2. The Ledger
August 1, 2004
George assumes that the bad luck she had in life is going to be made up for with better luck in the afterlife. But when her bike is stolen and she learns that her parents are divorcing, she finally starts to understand that she's on her own - and she'd better look out for number one.
Send in the Clown
1. Send in the Clown
July 25, 2004
As George develops a crush on the cute intern at her temp agency, Happy Time, everyone discourages her from allowing it to blossom into anything more. Meanwhile, Mason's assignment to collect a soul at a kid's birthday party devestates him.
Where to Watch Dead Like Me
Dead Like Me is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dead Like Me on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 27, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (43,618)