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Drop Dead Diva: Season 1 (2009)




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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Season 1 of this legal comedy-drama begins when beautiful but shallow model Deb (Brooke D'Orsay) dies in a car accident. When she returns to the land of the living, she does so as the brilliant, hard-working and plus-size attorney Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). Deb faces many hurdles as she adjusts to Jane's life, including working with the former love of her life, Grayson (Jackson Hurst), as he mourns her death and attempts to move on, dealing with Jane's coworker and rival Kim (Kate Levering) and learning valuable lessons about inner beauty and personal acceptance. Luckily, she has April (Stacy Barrett), her best friend and the only human who knows her predicament, and Fred (Ben Feldman), her guardian angel, to help support and guide her through the ups and downs of her new life. Paula Abdul and Rosie O'Donnell both have recurring roles as judges throughout the season.


Critic Reviews for Drop Dead Diva: Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

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.

July 10, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

July 11, 2009 | Full Review…

A minor delight for viewers who seek engaging escapist fare.

July 12, 2009 | Full Review…

Drop Dead Diva relies too much on stereotypical characterizations of women - the dumb blonde, the homely intellectual, the vampy temptress, etc. - to be wholly fresh and original.

July 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Newcomer Brooke Elliott is both charming and surprisingly credible as Jane-inhabited-by-Deb. She's a find.

July 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's much to be said for a program featuring a smart, plus-sized heroine in today's rail-thin TV world, but Diva undernourishes its premise amid a sea of legal-procedural banalities.

July 8, 2009 | Full Review…
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