After Life: Season 1 (2019)

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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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User Ratings: 962

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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. Meanwhile, 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 babysits 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 you think. 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. Also, 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. Meanwhile, 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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Critic Reviews for After Life Season 1

All Critics (45) | 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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Ricky Gervais is doing next-level stuff, brilliantly balancing black comedy with melancholy for a uniquely life-affirming experience.

Jul 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 1

  • Sep 29, 2020
    Off-kilter comedy series with a wicked sense of humour that eventually evolves into a rather redeeming exploration of grief and healing.
  • Sep 09, 2020
    Very mature, intelligent writing with good British humour. Ricky Gervais' best work and among the best shows I've watched on Netflix.
  • Aug 16, 2020
    Fresh, responsive and depth of a man walking down the road of grief. Ricky Gervais is a master at creating this piece in showing the human heart. Eloquently played by a dynamic cast in a beautiful and quaint setting. Amazing show and "cheers" to Sir Ricky!!
  • Aug 08, 2020
    Gervais is a genius comic but only a mediocre actor. His acting range is as flabby and interesting as his chubby butt. Simply, he does not pull off sad and depressed. It comes off instead as angry and cynical, often overcooked. This is difficult to watch after a while, although the tone does eventually lighten up and the real adolescent Gervais begins to emerge. My advice: hire a comedic actor for the lead for season 3 (and anything else you write from here on out). Cast the leads about 25 years younger to improve the visuals. I can find plenty of senior lard asses around in real life.
  • Aug 03, 2020
    I thought it was way too accurate but wonderful. I didn't realize how much I'd have in common with the show but I can really relate to the main character as I'm sure anyone who has lost someone close to them to cancer.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    I just love this show. A true dark comedy with great acting and a perfect soundtrack.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    I absolute love afterlife both seasons and I am looking forward to season 3 , I have laughed and cried with this and love all the characters, I never really knew Ricky Gervais was such a good actor he plays Tony (grieving husband) so we'll , I love how Kerry who plays lisa (shes a bloody fantastic actress )and I love how she's dead but still in it with the videos it's very cleverly done to get ure emotions all over the place . All the characters are amazing in there own way Absolute brilliant roll on season 3
  • Jul 06, 2020
    This is a bitingly real show. The humor is blunt at times but it is a version of reality that has it's place.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    Funny and touching in good balance.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    Ricky Gervais delivers a beautifully deep performance. I felt his grief and lauhed hard at his jokes. That is all you can ask for.

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