'Dead To Me' is Netflix's next big hit, and everyone is watching
If you're looking for another highly addictive Netflix show to binge, good news! I'm the plug! Your latest fix is Dead To Me, a dark comedy, or 'traumedy,' starring two TV veterans: Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, ER) and Christina Applegate (Married With Children, Samantha Who?).
In Dead To Me, Applegate plays Jen, a hotheaded real estate agent whose husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver. While attending a grief support group, she meets Judy (Cardellini), an eccentric free-spirit with a shocking secret. As their friendship blossoms, and Jen searches her husband's killer, things happen. Lots of things. Stuff, too!
What do you want, spoilers? I can't write spoilers, due to the American Anti-Spoiler Act, which states that any writer who spoils TV shows or movies will be sentenced to five years of hard labor in the coal mines. Wait, no, that's not a thing. I just dreamed that happened. Anyway, here's the trailer!
Watch the trailer for Dead To Me
While the synopsis seems grim, there's plenty of opportunities of comedy, as you can see in the preview above. And that's no surprise, considering the show is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gloria Sanchez Productions. And Christina Applegate starred as Veronica Corningstone in the Anchorman movies! It all comes full circle. (There's even a sly Anchorman reference, where a mustachioed man comments on mahogany.)
So, what brought Applegate back to her first TV role in seven years? "It literally took them like dragging me out of my semi-retirement, because I was very happy with my kind of not showering life and doing what I want, and just raising my daughter," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. "So, what was it? It was a lot of things."
"It was really a unique premise and show, and I had known [creator and showrunner] Liz Feldman and really loved her as a human being," Applegate continued. I feel like if I'm going to be doing anything, if you're going to take me away from my kids for three months, it better be with an amazing group of people that are of quality and are kind, smart and interesting."
Series creator Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls) based the story on her experiences with fertility, turning 40 and suffering the sudden death of her cousin. The supporting cast includes James Marsden (Westworld, 30 Rock), Max Jenkins (High Maintenance, The Mysteries Of Laura) and 89-year-old TV legend Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Elf, Up.)
Well, there you have it. Your latest fix. Enjoy! Sincerely, your plug.