Dead to Me: Season 1 (2019)

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Dead to Me doesn't always deliver on the gallows humor that it promises, but the sterling duo of Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini elevates the series above its pulpier aspects -- offering a deeply moving relationship shaped by mutual grief.

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Air date: May 3, 2019

Overwhelmed by grief and anger after her husband's sudden death, acerbic real estate agent Jen meets tenderhearted Judy at a support group.

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Air date: May 3, 2019

Amid her escalating rage over the stalled investigation into her husband's death, Jen becomes more entangled in Judy's messy personal life.

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Air date: May 3, 2019

On what would have been her husband's 50th birthday, Jen clashes with her disapproving mother-in-law over the best way to mark the occasion.

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When Jen discovers that her late husband harbored a devastating secret, she enlists Judy's help in tracking down more information.

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Air date: May 3, 2019

A grief retreat in Palm Springs gives Jen a chance to move on and cut loose under the watchful eye of Judy, who soon follows her friend's lead.

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Jen realizes her sons aren't coping with their dad's death as well as she thought they were. Judy joins Nick as he investigates the hit-and-run.

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A break in the case and a crushing business setback leave Jen shaken. Judy and Steve take care of unfinished business.

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Jen makes a reckless decision after Nick narrows down the list of potential suspects, and Judy feels renewed hope over her relationship with Steve.

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As Jen's life begins to crumble personally and professionally, she reveals her darkest secret to Judy, who does some confessing of her own.

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Air date: May 3, 2019

Armed with the truth about her husband's death, Jen demands justice. Meanwhile, Judy's attempt to make amends causes all sorts of problems for Steve.

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Jen (Christina Applegate) is a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband?s recent hit-and-run murder. Judy (Linda Cardellini) is an optimistic free spirit who's recently suffered her own tragic loss. When the two women meet at a support group, they become unlikely friends despite their polar-opposite personalities. But as they bond over bottles of wine, Entenmann's cookies and a shared affinity for The Facts of Life, Judy desperately tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it. DEAD TO ME, created by Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls, One Big Happy), is an addictive dark comedy that dives into the painfully unfiltered, weirdly funny waters of grief, loss and forgiveness.

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Critic Reviews for Dead to Me Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (21)

Dead to Me is often very, very funny - but it's also rooted in profound emotion that makes everything matter.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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Dead to Me deals with some serious issues but its twisty plot, comedic elements and the great performances at its center gives the show an undeniable energy and spirit.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…
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"Dead To Me" is a terrific character study of two women with an extremely complicated relationship, and also like that show, is one of the best and most unpredictable series on television this season.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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Only the pacing and occasional glib comment give the sense that humor is present, for "Dead To Me" provides no indication it has a sense of humor at all.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Informed by Jen and Judy's superficial brand of feminism, the dialogue rings true. Even better is the chemistry between [Linda] Cardellini and [Christina] Applegate, ideal foils who balance keen comic instincts with raw emotion.

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While sustaining this sort of story is invariably a juggling act, this has the self-assured feel of a hit-and-run tale that's destined to keep running for at least a while.

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Funny, bleak, wrapped up in slick visuals and smart performances, 'Dead To Me' is another worthy addition to Netflix's repertoire of female-led comedies.

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There are several beats to this show where you can see what's coming up, but then there are others that take a complete right angle and head off somewhere new, keeping us on our toes while making us comfortable at the same time.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As the show goes on, the central fun and main performances remain strong, but the story's inherent messiness becomes more profound.

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Dead to Me tries to be a whole lot of different things at once - but most of them succeed, actually, thanks to the strong work from [Christina] Applegate and [Linda] Cardellini.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a frustrating experience.

Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Dead To Me isn't really sure, from what I've seen, what it's about or even what kind of show it wants to be.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead to Me: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Not bad, definitely has its moments. A little slow at times, but script is well written, and anything is possible in this storyline so you never know what's going to happen! The plot twists are great, and the beginning and end of each episode will have you saying "oh $#&%!"
  • Sep 10, 2020
    Two to three episodes in, it was clear how this show was gonna end. Men bad, women good (even if they were genuinely terrible). I liked it less and less as it went on, but kept watching because of Linda Cardellini and Brandon Scott(who played the only favorable character in the entire show). Save your time and watch a real show like Peaky Blinders or Cobra Kai instead.
  • Aug 31, 2020
    Season 1 moves along briskly, with sharp writing and great performances by the two female stars, especially Applegate. Season Two jumps the rails with silly plot points and soap-opera twists (come on, the surprise arrival of an identical twin brother to a murdered husband?) Plans for Season Three are a mistake, unless you consider that this, like all series that run out of creative steam, has become basically a jobs program.
  • Aug 30, 2020
    What did I think of Dead to Me Season 1? Check out my full review below: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3wn62sCDE9MmTw5ScWAD9u?si=lC7Dqe3iSPOng9wMqcxMXA
  • Aug 04, 2020
    So I jumped on this one late and I regret not watching it sooner, it's a beautifully woven story about grief and the cast is amazing from top to bottom. I've seen both seasons and am eagerly waiting for season 3, Will Ferrell and everyone just knocked this out of the park.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    This show is nice, short and just a great time for when you need a get away from life. A great enjoyment throughout all 10 episodes.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Enjoyable and witty throughout
  • Jul 25, 2020
    Love it, it's different, funny, warm, great cast.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    The two leads are exceptional, and the plot keeps moving quickly with many a turn. I think Cardellini is mesmerising in this role as the person who sees the good in everyone. First rate, and very emotionally engaging for me.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    Refreshing comedy with some really well-acted, well-written characters. Explores themes of friendship, grief, guilt, dealing with anger and the aftermath of betrayal, all while including plenty of dark humour throughout. The lead actresses are fantastic at their roles and the dynamic between them is complex and engaging in a way that is too rarely seen in female friendships on TV.

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