Macabre...ish Horror Review: Dead Like Me
Dead Like Me, 2003-2004, 2 Seasons, 29 episodes. A series about a team of grim reapers, a part of the External Influence Division, they have a daily quota of souls to collect and escort to their afterlife. Each reaper has certain over all quota and once it’s met, they move on to another realm and the last soul reaped, takes over their job. This specific division is made up of Rube (Mandy Patinkin), Roxy (Jasmine Guy), Mason (Callum Blue), Betty (Rebecca Gayheart), Daisy Adair (Laura Harris) and George (Ellen Muth).
Their job is to locate the person scheduled to die that day and release their soul just before death and the presence of gravelings means that it is nigh. If a soul isn’t removed then it can be traumatized by what happens during and after death, such as the autopsy. And still must be retrieved.
Just because they’re reapers doesn’t mean they do not need everything the living need such as food, shelter and livelihood. The kind of job and shelter doesn’t matter. They can take over the home of a recently deceased and choose to live as a criminal because even the Undead has bills. George works in a cubicle at Happy Time Temp Agency,
the same place she was hired on the day she died, killed by a falling toilet seat at the age of 18.
Roxy is a bad ass meter maid who was strangled by a jealous roommate.
Mason is a lovable two bit criminal,
who was a drug addicted thief, chasing a permanent high when he got the brilliant idea to drill a hole in his own head. Betty who was around briefly, liked taking polaroids of her reaps, died cliff diving with her fiancé in the early 1900s.
They meet every morning at Der Waffle Haus to get their assignments for the day.
Along with having day jobs and lives to attend to. Meanwhile, George still struggles with her death and often takes trips to her family under different guises just to be near them, which is no problem because they no longer recognize her, unfortunately her death has destroyed the already fractured family, her sister, Reggie (Britt McKillip), withdrawing more everyday. P.S. Her mom is the worst.
I like this series, it has a good cast and it’s just a good/interesting story. Good for something not too heavy but still interesting. There are all different kinds of deaths, mostly accidents and homicides but the story has a comedic air about it. It’s more of a dark comedic drama. And it’s narrated by George. Enjoy!
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