Pushing Daisies: Season 1 (2007)

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Pushing Daisies

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A gloriously strange fairy tale, Pushing Daisies' oddball charms are brought to life with warmth and whimsy in large part thanks to the chemistry of its charismatic leads.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2007

Ned, a young man with a very special gift, discovered as a boy that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. But his random gift isn't without deadly consequences, as he soon finds out. As a pie shop owner, grownup Ned puts his talent to good use by touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor. But his gift leaves him wary of becoming close to anyone, as beautiful waitress Olive Snook finds out. His life as a pie maker gets more complicated when private investigator Emerson Cod learns about Ned's secret. Emerson convinces the cash-strapped Ned to help him solve murder cases -- and collect the hefty reward fees -- by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers. In the series premiere, Ned is handed the case that changes his life forever. His childhood sweetheart, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles , has been murdered on a cruise ship under strange circumstances. Her death leads him back to his hometown to bring Chuck back to life, albeit briefly, and solve the crime. But once reunited with Chuck, Ned can't bring himself to send her back. He helps her escape after her grieving aunts, Lily and Vivian, former synchronized swimmers, think they've buried her forever. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson's private-investigation enterprise, but she encourages them to use Ned's skills for good, not just for profit. Ned is overjoyed to be reunited with Chuck, the only girl he's ever loved. Life would be perfect, except for one cruel twist -- if he ever touches her again, she'll go back to being dead, this time for good.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2007

When an automotive expert is found dead, ironically after a strange hit-and-run accident, Ned suspects there's more to the story, especially when he finds out that the deceased worked for a company that was about to launch an experimental car. Meanwhile, Chuck wants some answers about how Ned brought her back to life.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2007

Another strange death at the Schatz Funeral Home leads Ned back to the scene where he brought Chuck back to life. Meanwhile, Olive unwittingly becomes the messenger in Chuck's plan to bring a little sunshine into the lives of Aunts Lily and Vivian via some antidepressant-laced pies.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2007

After an airplane crashes into an apartment building, Ned, Emerson and Chuck try to determine whether or not the pilot committed suicide. To Ned's distress, Chuck becomes drawn to the man who appears to be the lone survivor. Meanwhile, Olive takes a wounded messenger pigeon to the aunts for help.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2007

Several jockeys are trampled to death, supposedly by the ghost of a long-dead rider, John Joseph Jacobs (HAMISH LINKLATER - "The New Adventures of Old Christine"), and his spooky horse. Since she was a jockey before working at The Pie Hole, Olive hires Ned and the team to investigate. Meanwhile, Ned finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his own past as Halloween nears. Guest star BARBARA BARRIE ("Suddenly Susan," "Barney Miller") appears as Mamma Jacobs.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2007

When a dog breeder who may have produced the perfect pooch is found dead, Ned and company try to figure out who exactly did the deed, especially after they learn that the deceased was a polygamist who left four grieving widows.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2007

When the assistant to renowned scent expert Napoleon LeNez (CHRISTOPHER SIEBER) is found dead after a "scratch and sniff" book explodes, Ned, Chuck and Emerson try to figure out whom the deadly missive was intended for. Meanwhile, Olive continues her campaign to get Lily and Vivian back in action. PAUL REUBENS ("Pee-wee's Playhouse") guest stars as Oscar Vibenius.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2007

A vindictive taffy shop owner, Dilly Balsam (recurring guest star MOLLY SHANNON - "Saturday Night Live," "Evan Almighty"), sets up shop down the street from the Pie Hole. Dilly is determined to drive Ned out of business by any means necessary. MICHAEL WHITE ("The School of Rock," "The Good Girl") guest stars as Dilly's brother, Billy.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2007

After a shocking turn of events, Ned tries to make peace with Chuck. Meanwhile, Emerson tries to get Ned to concentrate on their latest case, an insurance adjustor found frozen solid. And scent expert Oscar Vibenius (recurring guest star PAUL REUBENS) returns, trying to figure out what is so different about Chuck.

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This forensic fairytale follows Ned, a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned found that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch.

Critic Reviews for Pushing Daisies Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (15)

"Pushing Daisies" is perfect.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"Daisies" is something you shouldn't miss, particularly if you're looking for something different on TV.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Even if "Pushing Daisies" were awful, it would deserve credit for being so boldly, psychedelically, extravagantly different from the rest of TV. But "Pushing Daisies" is good, as well as distinctive.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Charging confidently into a realm of mystical logic, the show quickly reaches a safe zone of fairy-tale coherence, proceeding to decorate that space according to an aesthetic informed by thrift-shop zaniness and Broadway-musical flights of fancy.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sonnenfeld's camerawork and color scheme, coupled with Dale's matter-of-fact but veddy proper narration, firmly place the series in its own fairy-tale universe, and that in turn makes the more precious aspects of Fuller's writing go down easier.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

With skill and chemistry, [Friel and Pace] convey the sadness and hope of two people who have been cut off from the world and are now rediscovering it through each other.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pushing Daisies is happiness in a televisual form.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Part Tim Burton, part "Desperate Housewives," this twinkly dark comedy - about Ned, a lonely piemaker, who can raise the dead with a single touch - is the season's "buzz" show.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The cast is stellar - Lee Pace seems tailor made for the role, with his intrinsically subtle sense of humor combined with heartbreakingly tortured gazes.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The key here is Friel's charming, unaffected performance: Chuck is glad to be alive, of course, but her true happiness is just to be in love.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a show to love or hate, depending on your threshold for whimsy. Some might find the script, packed with quirks, cute and charming. But I found it so contrived and convoluted, I started tuning out.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Lee Pace plays the role of Ned with kindness and a quiet curiosity.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pushing Daisies: Season 1

  • Aug 04, 2020
    A great series to settle down to in the evening, very marathonable
  • Aug 03, 2020
    I always come to Pushing Daisies for comfy quirky fun on a lazy afternoon. The ensemble cast is wonderful. The set and costume designs are amazing and so weird. The mysteries themselves are not all that intriguing but the character development and overall story line is top notch. Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Kristin Chenoweth and the rest are all so charming. Definitely one of my favourite shows. I wish it hadn't ended so soon!
  • May 19, 2020
    I loved this show from start to finish, in fact it may be my favorite of all time and I am so sad that it only has two seasons. It really had it all, quirky and enjoyable characters, mystery, romance, and a sprinkling of musical numbers.
  • Apr 20, 2020
    i love it one of my all time favorites. Saw it once on the disney channel late at night got right in to it. Would defanitley recomend!
  • Oct 03, 2019
    Can't remember many details now, but it was one of a couple of tv shows that started our tv-series binge-watching habit.
  • May 14, 2019
    This show was completely ahead of its time. Original, beautiful, and expertly written. It is funny, witty, touching, and sweet, and slightly morbid, all at the same time.
  • Nov 11, 2018
    A dash or magic is all a pie maker needs to have the most endearing adventures solving murders.
  • Jan 20, 2018
    One of my all-time favorite shows. It has everything, PLUS LEE PACE. If you have even a single romantic bone in your body, Ned and Chuck belong in the top 10 couples in history.
  • Oct 29, 2016
    I wish more people had watched this show live, because then it would have been renewed! This is such an excellent show. Bryan Fuller is one of the most interesting and creative minds in TV, and in general. The writing is outstanding, with dialogue better than Tarantino, great characters, and it takes the procedural and makes it interesting! The performances are perfect, everyone owns their character, and seem very committed. The color palette is great, when your watching it's all just so colorful, and just the right amount. Not too colorful that it hurts to look at or is too childish, (amongst other things) but also colorful enough that it's unique and stands out. I also like how nothing is really a weird color. Everything is their right color, it just looks cooler, and better! The visuals are great too! It's very sad Bryan Fuller only writes two more episodes in the whole series. But when he writes, it's apparent, with the sharp dialogue, and larger laughs that happen more frequently! It's magnificent. There are so many things that I can't recall seeing in an episode of TV before (a show that is of this nature.) Some great moments that may shock you! It's like how Seth McFarlane makes the Family Guy theme and score be Jazz. The world that has been made in this show is remarkable. It's so good, I forget it's even happening. The runtime of the episodes shocks me. When it's done, I forget that it was just one episode because it seems like it had so much stuff packed in. This is an incredibly creative, well made, and really consistent show!
  • Jan 11, 2016
    Classic. Cancelled way too soon.

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