Review: ‘Dead Like Me’

By Brooklyn Thomas Posted September 17, 2009

At age 18, how would you like to; die, become a grim reaper, live forever, and take people’s souls for your job? For 18-year-old Georgia “George” Lass (Ellen Muth), in Seattle, Washington, it happened. She was on her “35-minute” lunch hour when she was hit by a toilet seat, and then she became a grim reaper.

This is the storyline for the 2003 TV show “Dead like Me”. In the show, she works with other reapers, Mason (Callum Blue), Roxy (Jasmine Guy), Betty (Rebecca Gayheart), and later to be joined by Daisy (Laura Harris). Her boss is Rube (Mandy Patinkin’s); he gives the ticket, which is usually on a Post-It®. On the ticket it has: who is going to die, where they are going to die and when they will die. There are many different types of death. Her division is an external influence, translation; accidents, suicides, homicides, etc. This means if you fall off a building because a graveling, death henchmen, pushed you, she would reap your soul.

In the show, they use a lot of foul language. The first few episodes are about her learning how to be a reaper. With the different personalities of the reapers, the show stays ever-changing and funny. The show also has a lot of ironic situations, for example, her younger sister collects toilet seats after George died and hangs them in a tree. 

The show came between the ‘undead out-rage’ of TV shows like, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “True Blood.” The show keeps you laughing and entertained the whole time. The show is rated TV-MA, and is available on DVD, and through www.hulu.com.

“Dead Like Me” is a new twist on life and death.

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