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Cast and Crew

Ellen Muth as George

Callum Blue as Mason

Jasmine Guy as Roxy

Mandy Patinkin as Rube

Laura Harris as Daisy

Rebecca Gayheart as Betty

Created by Bryan Fuller

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Original Airdate


This season first aired in the summer of 2003.

Synopsis

George Lass, the main character of the show, dies in
the first
episode. She becomes recruited as a Grim Reaper,
allowing souls of
the dead to move on to wherever they need to go.
She’s a cranky and
profane young girl who spends most of her time with a
horny starlet
(Daisy), a hornier druggie (Mason), a crankier meter
maid (Roxy), and
a very contained boss (Rube.) This series first
aired on Showtime, so
you can imagine how profane it gets, but if that’s
not a problem for
you, pick it up.

High Point

“Vacation” did some nice work with all characters,
and Rube got a real
chance to shine.

Low Point

The clip show. Those just don’t do it for me.

The Review

The premise of this show is original enough,
but the
interactions of the characters certainly help out,
too. We see a
group that seems random start to form into a family
by the time the
season is out. It’s nice to see. I give it 5 out of
6.

The effects are minimal, and generally
glitter that doesn’t
need to be particularly refined, since it’s meant to
be ethereal. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The stories can get a little blatant in the
morals and
philosophies, but they’re always amusing. Mason and
Rube are great
from the start. Daisy starts out irritating, but
eventually starts to
work as a character. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting is good. Mandy Patinkin always
rocks. The others
were little known actors chosen because they fit
their roles so well.
These people play their parts very naturally. Oh,
and
Firefly fans may want to know that Jewel
Staite guest stars
in the season finale. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response is great when you’re
just going for
comedy. The drama isn’t bad, but it’s a bit heavy
handed, so it’s
less satisfying. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was nice. The flashbacks
were a little too
bright, but the camera work (including the jump to
handheld cameras
once in a while) was nice, if uninventive. It was
lit like a regular
sitcom rather than like a show with subject matter
this dark, which is
something that I felt was a bit off. I give it 4 out
of 6.

Overall, it’s a good show, that didn’t
deserve to be
cancelled after the second season. MGM is shopping
other networks to
pick up season three, and I hope someone does. This
is better stuff
than much of what’s on the air now. I give it 5 out
of 6.

In total, Dead Like Me: Season One receives
33 out of 42.