After Life: Season 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: 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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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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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…

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

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

This is self-pity as comedy, a philosophical thought bubble by way of plot.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As a whole, the first six-episode arc is a healing and beautiful story about growth.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 9.0/10 | Full Review…

The problem is the wildly swerving tone - from obnoxious to sentimental to caustic to maudlin to pointlessly vile.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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