After Life: Season 1 (2019)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 44

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User Ratings: 889

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Episodes

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019
2
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
3
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
4
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
5
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
6
Air date: Mar 8, 2019

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Critic Reviews for After Life Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (15)

After Life has its funny moments but it is more drama than comedy, taking seriously its exploration of loss, depression and the resilience of optimism. If you've not seen it, consider it a must-see, even for those who are not fans of Gervais.

Mar 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Ricky Gervais at his best. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll make strange noises doing both at the same time while watching this dark comedy.

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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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Masterful. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 23, 2020 | 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…

You can imagine my disappointment that his new series, After Life, isn't...too bad.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 1

  • May 19, 2020
    I think it's fair to call it a dramedy. Casting Kerry Godliman and Ashley Jensen was a genius decision. Ricky Gervais will touch you (not in that way).
  • May 11, 2020
    A great product, a great writer
  • May 09, 2020
    Gervais used to do sentimenmtality without it cloying, but this is twee to the point of being inspid. I'm a huge Ricky fan because of his ability to be disarmingly thought-provoking and touching through his sharp edges. But there are no edges here, no subtly, and no faith in the audience, it's all tell and no show.
  • May 08, 2020
    Not much to say about it. It is what it is.
  • May 06, 2020
    I stumbled onto this gem & absolutely love it. I actually laugh out loud one moment & my heart breaks the next. Just know this-it's Ricky Gervais. If you can't open your mind to his type of humor just don't try it. If you are a genuine fan of his cynical brand of humor & though provoking outlook on life, this is for you. Gervais makes it feel like he's actually felt the grief of losing the love of his life. I was a fan before but now I'm a little bit in awe.
  • May 05, 2020
    A quaint dark dramedy that can make you laugh in one moment and then bring a tear to your eye in the next. Gervais's performance is exceptional. The show is a joy to watch and easily digestible in one sitting.
  • May 03, 2020
    Heartbreakingly beautiful
  • May 01, 2020
    Miserable unfunny drivel from Ricky Gervais
  • Apr 30, 2020
    One of the best written shows I have enjoyed. Dark and hilarious, characters that are multidimensional. Entertaining and poignant. Love After Life.
  • Apr 30, 2020
    Poignant and funny comedy about a man's challenge with grief after his beloved wife died of cancer. Gervais is remarkably funny and believable in this role as is his supporting cast.

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