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Dead to Me: Season 1 Reviews

December 5, 2019
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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December 5, 2019
Dead to Me is often very, very funny - but it's also rooted in profound emotion that makes everything matter.
December 5, 2019
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.
May 21, 2019
As simple as it sounds, "Dead to Me" knows exactly what it is and exactly who its characters aren't.
May 7, 2019
At the heart of the story, things don't really add up or carry the emotional weight they should, because Judy and Jen are ideas more than characters - avatars of anger, grief and guilt.
May 6, 2019
As Dead to Me is presented, however, one can take each frame like face cards in a deck that shuffles well but is missing something, that's playable as long as you overlook the fact that it's missing an ace or two.
May 3, 2019
It is very watchable, in spite of [the] unevenness.
May 3, 2019
Dead to Me is badly paced, tonally inconsistent and - above all - deadly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2019
One of the true joys of a world with so much television is that a series as bizarre and beautiful as "Dead" gets made at all.
May 3, 2019
The show is at its best when Jen and Judy are just hanging out.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 3, 2019
"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
What's admirable about the series -- it's far from flawless and some episodes, like many Netflix shows, are a bit redundant -- is how it touches on sorrow and gloom, as those feelings emerge in the gorgeous setting and comfortable lives of the characters.
May 3, 2019
Dead To Me is at its best when the smartest, saddest, and funniest people in the room are the characters, not the writers who create the world in which they live.
May 3, 2019
Jen and Judy don't complete each other, but they do complement one another-and they have a helluva time doing so, which is what makes Dead To Me more compelling than its adequately teased and deployed twists.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 3, 2019
It's a noir thriller with feelings, and not just desires, which is what makes it a little different, and most interesting.
May 2, 2019
It's a decent and sometimes perceptive examination of grief. And it's a very thin and rushed murder mystery that isn't exactly perfectly suited to 10 half-hour episodes... Check out the show for Cardellini and Applegate. They're worth it.
May 2, 2019
It's fun to watch Applegate and Cardellini so skillfully handle the show's erratic tonal range, as it constantly segues from deadly serious to appreciably absurd, with the more serious side usually prevailing.
May 1, 2019
Dead to Me's later episodes try to lean on character drama whenever possible, and Applegate and (especially) Cardellini get some strong moments as various truths come to light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2019
It's undeniably exciting to see Cardellini and Applegate, two rock-solid TV veterans who have rarely gotten roles worthy of their skills in recent years, play off each other and rip into material that asks so much of them.
April 17, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-