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Netflix’s “Dead To Me”: The Kind of Show We Need Right Now

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If you’re still grieving over the Game of Thrones series finale, you’re not alone. But if you’re looking for what to do with all that free time that just came back into your life, then we have your next obsession: Netflix’s thrilling new series “Dead to Me.”

The show has a current score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Esquire describes the leading characters like this:

Jen (Christina Applegate), a jaded widow with anger issues, attends her first group grief counseling session after her husband is killed in a hit and run. She’s curt and insensitive and the perfect foil to Judy (Linda Cardellini), a woman who lost her fiancé a couple months back.


Suffice to say, the female characters are complex AF and I’m so here for it. The amount of layers in both Jen and Judy is something I’ve only seen in “Big Little Lies” and “Handmaid’s Tale,” which I consider big shoes to fill. The way the narrative explores grief, resilience, friendship and family, is impressive and something I want to apply in my real life, tbh.

You’d think that a show whose premise is literally “two women meet at a grief support group” would be a full-on tearjerker but shockingly, it’s not. The tone strikes the perfect balance of “dramedy” in every single episode. You’ll see the devastating consequences of people’s choices and witness emotionally-charged dialogue delivered brilliantly by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini.

I literally binged “Dead to Me” on a Friday night under the blankets with a bottle of wine, and now I am ready for Season 2 to come and ruin my life. The cliffhanger at the end of Season 1 gave me so much anxiety that I couldn’t go to bed for the next 2 hours. It was totally worth it.


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