After Life: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
After Life

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After Life's first season teeters tonally between dark comedy and affecting drama, but Ricky Gervais' poignant performance illuminates new sides of the actor's talent.



Critic Ratings: 41


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Air date: Mar 8, 2019
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
Air date: Mar 8, 2019

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Critic Reviews for After Life Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13)

I think it's fine, even helpful, to make jokes about death and depression. But for such gags to work, there has to be a certain veracity, an emotional truth that's conspicuous by its absence here.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Gervais the actor is failed by the writer and not shown to best advantage by the director. The performance isn't enough, and its strengths underline the inadequacies found elsewhere.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the problems with "After Life" is that we can see the full arc of that Scrooge story line long before it arrives. The predictability doesn't ruin the series, which can be quickly consumed in three hours.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

After Life does come across as Gervais' most autobiographical work to date, but the writer, director, and star actually tells a sweet, earnest story about learning when and why to shut the hell up.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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After Life is a strange mixture, both harsh and cloying, but the awkwardness frequently translates into belly-busting mirth.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

After Life is often pitiless and hard to watch - but those are the moments Gervais's earnestness shines most brightly.

Feb 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A dark comedy with outstanding performances. [Full review in Spanish]

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

But After Life made me laugh at least four times an episode, and I felt that here was a genuine, rather brave and quite decent attempt to portray true, hopeless grief on screen.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

While the destination may be incredibly predictable, the journey is more than worth the ride thanks to a script that is in equal parts both funny and surprisingly humane.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Nothing replaces the experience, and the stories that are not based on it are, by force, very poor and cheesy. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 1

  • Jul 04, 2019
    I wish there was more advertising for this show! I only happened upon it as I was browsing VidAngel and decided to give it a go because I really like Ricky Gervais. I absolutely loooovvvveee this show! Few shows can conjure such emotions- laughter, shock, sadness, comfort...I'd love to see it go at least 10 seasons. Brilliant!!! 🥰
  • Jun 25, 2019
    Ricky Gervais' most watchable comedy ever. Well written and directed, and Penelope ‘Shaun, you've got red on you' Wilton is great.
  • Jun 23, 2019
    My Rating 10/10 !!!NO SPOILERS!!! *Realism was its best and the dialogues was just trmendous. *It was not just a tv series but ricky gervias showing himself. A Must Watch Series. *I really Loved the show worth watching every moment of it. Best Regards
  • Jun 02, 2019
    Simultaneously dreadful and wonderful.
  • May 24, 2019
    The best Gervais show since Extras and by far the most emotionally resonant thing he's ever done. I loved it. Love him or hate him, this is the project where Ricky Gervais proves he's an all time great storyteller and a true TV auteur.
  • May 21, 2019
    Maybe it's because I'm a childless, 50-something, married man with a German shepherd or maybe because Gervais is just that good a story teller, but I was crying through much of 5 of the 6 episodes of this show. The painfully deliberate character arc reminded me of Gervais' "Extras", but hit (me) closer to home. He is a master at showing the deeply human side of a despicable character and transforming them into someone you relate to or even love. The season finale had be totally breaking down with joyful sobs. David Bradley, Ashley Jensen and Penelope Wilton totally rocked their supporting roles.
  • May 08, 2019
    finally, something relatable for the rest of us
  • May 03, 2019
    its a good show to watch if you have a day to kill, i couldn't help to point that everyone in the town sounds suicidal, as if everything in the show is a bunch of scenarios in a his head and not real, and also how many times he mentions that he is funny
  • Apr 30, 2019
    Hypnotizing, charming, sweet, and funny. Great performances, music, and scenography. A must see for anyone looking for a different, fresh, and captivating experience.
  • Apr 28, 2019
    Gervais' foray into more dramatic territory is comfortably above par but is far from a life-affirming revelation. Writing, directing and starring, he tackles the tonal variety in a competent manner and the show offers lots of resonant moments, yet all that is engulfed in a rather predictable story arc. Nevertheless, despite the message's familiarity or the obvious ways in which it's being conveyed at times, "After Life" maintains the weight that pertains to representing a true slice of life.

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