Critic Consensus: Drop Dead Diva's lightweight and somewhat cliche' fare is made vastly more palatable by the breakout performance of its lead, Brooke Elliott.
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as Jane Bingum
as Deb Dobson
as Teri Lee
as Stacy Barrett
as Kim Kaswell
as Grayson Kent
Of course, it wouldn't have been quite so amusing if the show's big issue-the way that big women are desexualized, taken for granted, and generally treated shoddily-were mishandled. But so far, at least, it hasn't been.
It's "Legally Blonde" meets "Dead Like Me." Against all odds, that turns out to be an odd-couple combo that results in a light, fun series - ideal fizzy entertainment for summer.
The cleverest thing about Drop Dead Diva is its title - and if, over its 13-week run, the writing rises to that level of droll wit, this could turn out to be the TV equivalent of a good old-fashioned summer beach read.
The Lifetime press materials quote from a half-dozen women's groups, which heap praise on the network for creating a plus-size role model. But in truth, this show is filled with mixed messages about the links between appearance and self-esteem.
While some of it was enjoyable, most of it made me roll my eyes and/or cringe.
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