Dead to Me
- By Ken Werther
- Photo Courtesy of Netflix
Full disclosure: I possess a sense of humor that has, throughout my life, made some people look at me askance … so when I first heard about the Netflix series Dead to Me I was all in without knowing anything more than the title. For the uninitiated, the show is a dark comedy, or tragicomedy if you prefer — my favorite kind of comedy! Dead to Me premiered in May 2019 to generally rapturous reviews. The second season debuted in May of this year, smack in the middle of the pandemic. The critics were even more excited about the second season than the first. Each is 10 episodes.
Dead to Me is about a friendship that blossoms between Jen Harding (Emmy Award-nominated Christina Applegate) and Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini). Jen is a recently widowed real estate agent based in Laguna Beach, trying to come to terms with her loss through therapy, exercise, and other methods. She meets Judy in a therapy group for bereft spouses and a deep bond develops between the two. As the story unfolds, Jen works to unravel the mystery of her husband’s death and Judy deals with some very deep, dark (there’s that word again) secrets. If you haven’t watched, trust me when I tell you it would be unfair of me to give anything away. The delicious supporting cast includes James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Sam McCarthy, and Luke Roessler. This is truly extraordinary television. Don’t miss it!
“Dead To Me” season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.