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Dead to Me: Alive with Laughs and Twists

Reader Rating1 Vote4.55

Christina Applegate stars in this Netflix series as Jen, a widow struggling to keep her family and career together following the recent death of her husband in a hit and run car accident. When well-meaning, free-spirited Judy (Linda Cardellini) befriends her at group therapy, it unleashes a chain of events that grows exponentially more complicated.

Applegate (Bad Moms, Vacation) is, as usual, spot on, both with her comic timing and her ability to make viewers care about her character, and the onscreen chemistry between her and Cardellini (The Curse of La Llorona, Green Book) gives this fun, quirky, binge-worthy dramedy a big personality, deftly illustrating the difference one person can make in the lives of others. The inclusion of Ed Asner (Lou Grant) and Telma Hopkins (from the 70s music group Tony Orlando and Dawn) in supporting roles are also nice touches.

Some of the plot twists, while entertaining, are exceptionally far-fetched and the story does lull in spots, but these two actresses add credibility and heart to a story that, had it been cast differently, could easily have come off as weird and creepy. Instead, it is really sweet.


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