June 5th, 2020 | Updated on June 29th, 2022
Jen’s husband recently died in a hit-and-run, and the sardonic widow is determined to solve the crime.
Optimistic free spirit Judy has recently suffered a tragic loss of her own. The ladies meet at a support group and, despite their polar-opposite personalities, become unlikely friends.
As the women bond over bottles of wine and a shared affinity for “The Facts of Life,” Judy tries to shield Jen from a shocking secret that could destroy her life as she knows it.
The dark comedy — which explores the weirdly funny sides of grief, loss, and forgiveness — features a cast that includes TV veterans Christina Applegate and Ed Asner.
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It is baffling that neither has received much awards love, but fortunately, a loyal fan following has kept Dead To Me alive.
Just like the seductive soapy drama of Desperate Housewives and Big Little Lies before it, the show is fun and easy to breeze through despite introducing crazy new twists and turns.
Unlikely best friends Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini) are a ridiculously watchable double act you continue to root for, even as they get caught up in more lies, betrayals, and chaos and struggle to keep more secrets buried in the addictive second season, which picks up in the aftermath of the murder of Judy’s ex-fiance Steve (James Marsden).
Dead To Me maintains great chaos (even more, this time around, but it’s a tolerable level) and is still a blast. Dare I say, this show even feels “real,” despite all the inconceivable happenings.
When I say real, I’m not talking about the show’s very human exploration of grief, or the morbid, darkly comic events that flesh-out that structure.
Nope, I’m talking about the realistic portrayal of friendship between these two unlikely best friends, who are like a new-style Thelma and Louise, even though (let’s face it) there’s no possible way that a real-life grieving widow would invite a stranger into her home-family life, repeatedly overlook sketchy behavior, and, somehow, forgive the fact that this person killed her husband.
Yet the raging contradiction of this show’s framework finds support in an emotional foundation that feels unshakeable.
If you liked season one, as I did, I suspect you will like season two, which follows the same playbook.
Show creator Liz Feldman seems to enjoy coming up with situations where the main characters — Christina Applegate’s Jen and Linda Cardellini’s Judy — bond intensely while keeping massive secrets from each other.
Last season, the secrets included Judy’s role in the death of Jen’s husband. This time around, they include the circumstances around the death of Jen’s ex, Steve (James Marsden), which happened at the very end of season one.