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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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
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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

  • 1d ago
    Funny and touching in good balance.
  • 3d ago
    Ricky Gervais delivers a beautifully deep performance. I felt his grief and lauhed hard at his jokes. That is all you can ask for.
  • 6d ago
    Fab discusses a mixture off issues in our societies today. thoroughly enjoyed watching it!- glad I watched it just before season two was released as I loved watching them all !
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Simply amazing, the cast is perfect, characters just as they should be, and Gervais is spot on
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Really moving and emotional. Loved the characters, the humor and the reality one faces when dealing with grief. Great show.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    "After Life" appears to try to split the difference between funny and heartfelt, and the result is not quite enough of either- the series has too much of a conscience to be a great comedy and stays too shallow to be a great drama. The hilarious "After Life" gag reel on YouTube is what made me give this series a try, but disappointingly, the gag reel is funnier and contains more engaging character moments than the actual show. While it was ambitious for Ricky Gervais to take the well-chronicled idea of "kindness as an anecdote to suffering", put a compelling spin on it, and make it funny all at the same time, "After Life" didn't live up to the standard of it's creator, and that's a high standard indeed.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    love this series! truthful, painful and beautiful!
  • May 28, 2020
    this drama is funny yet sad, giving you a value of life. not a "carpe diem", but "it goes on"
  • 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

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