Imagine stumbling upon a TV series that instantly becomes your favorite dark comedy. That’s exactly what happened to me when I discovered “Dead to Me,” or as I prefer to call it, “Muertos para mí,” on Netflix. I was in for an unexpected marathon, knowing it was the end, I couldn’t tear my eyes away until the last minute of the tenth episode. Jen and Judy returned with even more intensity than before, evoking memories of Thelma and Louise, but with a darker, almost mesmerizing twist.
Now, let me clarify one thing – I’m not one to give “intellectual” critiques that tell you what to watch or what to skip. Here, we’re all about embracing popcorn entertainment, superheroes, and even the heartache of William Levy in “Café con aroma de mujer.” After all, when it comes to personal taste, anything goes.
However, one thing that stands out in “Dead to Me” is the undeniable chemistry between the two lead actresses, Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini. On-screen, they make us forget whether they’re best friends or not when the cameras stop rolling. In the first season, the suspense and intriguing criminal storyline captivated us, presenting an unconventional family that drew us in.
This series has been one of Netflix’s most-watched, earning five Emmy nominations. It all began with Jen, a brutally honest widow on a quest to find the person responsible for her husband’s hit-and-run death. Then there’s Judy, an optimistic and quirky character with a hidden secret. These two become instant friends and find themselves on the brink of taking risks they never imagined.
The second season allowed us to delve deeper into each character, revealing their vulnerabilities and empathies. But now, with the third and final season, we’re confronted with pain – a pain that extends beyond the dead who find their resting place. Mysteries need solving, empathies tested, and the law finds itself tangled between the boundaries of rules and emotions.
We already knew the third season was coming, but the finale delivers a worthy ending that leaves me pondering if there could be more. However, it’s important to note that Applegate has recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, making it unlikely for her to continue. Yet, she remains determined not to leave us hanging. This determination adds an extra layer of appreciation and strength to the show.
“Dead to Me” deserves a marathon session, where you won’t miss any of the unexpected twists, witty dialogues, and outrageous situations brought to life by these impeccable actresses who can even make us shed a tear or two. By now, it’s needless to say that I liked it throughout every stage, and given the circumstances, this finale is truly cherished.
- Original Title: Dead to Me
- Duration: 30 minutes per episode
- Country: United States
- Director: Liz Feldman (Creator)
- Writer: Liz Feldman
- Cast: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Ed Asner, Diana-Maria Riva, Max Jenkins, Lynn Andrews III, Suzy Nakamura, Luke Roessler, Tiffany Yvonne Cox, and more.
- Production Company: CBS Television Studios
- Distributor: Netflix
- Genre: Dark Comedy
Jen (Christina Applegate), a sarcastic widow, is determined to solve the mystery behind her husband’s murder. Judy (Linda Cardellini), an optimistic free spirit, has also experienced loss. When the two women meet in a support group, an unexpected friendship blossoms, despite their contrasting personalities. As they nurture their bond over bottles of wine and cookies, Judy will do everything she can to protect Jen from a shocking secret that could shatter her life as she knows it.
All three seasons of “Dead to Me” are available for streaming on Netflix.