After Life: Season 1 (2019)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 45

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Episodes

Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Tony's cantankerous funk -- which he calls a superpower -- is taking a toll on his co-workers; a new writer starts at the Tambury Gazette.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Thinking he has nothing to lose, Tony contemplates trying heroin; he baby-sits his nephew and starts to bond -- just a bit -- with Sandy.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Tony hires a sex worker -- but it's not what it seems; a trip to the comedy club turns awkward; the nurse gives Tony a piece of her mind.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Tony pushes back on Matt's idea to go on a blind date; Tony makes an introduction and issues an uncharacteristic apology.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Brian -- finally -- convinces Tony and company to visit his apartment for a story; Matt receives a distressing call from his son's school.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Making an earnest attempt to be happy -- or at least not miserable -- Tony gives some long overdue recognition to those who have stood by him.

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Cast & Crew

Ricky Gervais
Tony

Actor
Kerry Godliman
Lisa

Actor
Tom Basden
Matt

Actor
Tony Way
Lenny

Actor
David Bradley
Tony's Dad

Actor
Ashley Jensen
Emma

Actor
David Earl
Brian

Actor
Joe Wilkinson
Postman

Actor
Jo Hartley
June

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Roisin Conaty
Daphne

Actor
Tim Plester
Julian

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Diane Morgan
Kath

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Duncan Hayes
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Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 1

  • May 27, 2021
    This one is hard to put into words. I have very conflicted feelings about it. It is very good, but it is hard to say I liked it because it is so dark and heavy in spots. The premises surrounds Ricky Gervais' attempts to come to terms, or not, with his wife's cancer death. He is suicidal and bitter. The show is painfully dark and deeply depressing in spots. It I s very, very funny in others. It is very human and real. The characters are one of the three pillars of its strength. The second is the strength of the writing. It is rich and authentic. The third is the acting. Subtle, real, and engaging. I wanted to stop watching this in first or second episode, not because it was bad, but because I felt bad... Glad I hung in there.
  • May 17, 2021
    Brilliant! Watched it 3 times!
  • Apr 26, 2021
    So well thought out and performed. Definitely a favorite. Would recommend.
  • Mar 27, 2021
    Cried and laughed. Very good. But Ricky kind of recycled a lot of his old jokes
  • Jan 25, 2021
    As someone struglying with depresion i realeted to the main charackter quite a bit. His none caring additued for those around him and simply doing what he want´s because in the end he will anyways be dead.
  • Jan 16, 2021
    This show is absolutely brilliant, you'll laugh in one scene and you'll cry in another all in the same episode. I was hooked immediately, can't wait for season 3
  • Dec 08, 2020
    The story of a man trying everything to move on from his misery, highlighting his daily life at home, office and his overall neighborhood. The story is not developing, just going back and forth. Have to praise Ricky Gervais for the dual roles in this show | Follow us at @uncle.review
  • Nov 09, 2020
    After Life Season 1 is hilarious and sad at the same time. If you are a fan of Gervais' earlier work then you will enjoy this series.
  • Nov 08, 2020
    It shows Tony's path to happiness very well and all this with Ricky Gervais's excellent portrayal, directing, writing. The whole cast is great, they masterfully bring the expected performance and shaping from a series with this kind of theme. Dramatic and comical at the same time.
  • Nov 06, 2020
    Nice, quaint, gives you a good introspective thought provoking time.

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