Good Grief (Television Thoughts: Dead To Me S01 E 01 – E 05, Netflix)

dtmI don’t know what took me so long but I am now halfway through the first episode of Dead To Me on Netflix, and, well, it has been an interesting journey so far. I have to say, it took a little bit to really get into its groove, and I can’t figure why – Netflix always does that to me, because I always feel that it will always be there, and I can always come back to it. In any event, maybe the premise is just too dark to me, although the writing and direction has a light hand. Jen (Christina Applegate) has just lost her husband to a hit-and-run accident and she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini) at a support group for grievers. But by the end of the first episode, we learn that it was Judy who cause the said accident. Still, we see as the two women bind as best friends, with this thing hanging over their (and our) heads. The premise is a bit more complicated that that, as I saw in progressive episodes, and this secret feels like a bomb ready to explode. The show relies on the comedic chops of Applegate, who is indeed very good in the show, but Cardellini is just as appealing, and both actresses straddle the line between drama and comedy effortlessly – one minute you are crying with them, the next you are in hysterics.

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