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Dead Like Me
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the main characters in this dramedy are all dead. They serve as "reapers" or spirits who collect others' souls right before they die. Not surprisingly, then, this show is all about death (someone dies in each episode) and the afterlife, which might upset younger or sensitive viewers. Some of the death scenes are also quite graphic and potentially frightening. The show also explores some heavy topics, including transgenderism and bullying.
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What's the story?
In DEAD LIKE ME, a group of already-dead "reapers" collect people's souls moments before they, too, pass into the afterlife. Ellen Muth stars as 18-year-old college dropout Georgia "George" Lass, who, in the show's first episode, dies when she's hit by a toilet seat that fell from the Mir space station. It's at this point that she meets Rube (Mandy Patinkin), the leader of the reapers, and learns that she's joining their ranks. The reapers -- including Mason (Callum Blue), Roxy (Jasmine Guy), and Daisy (Laura Harris) -- are all people who died with unresolved issues; they're charged with gathering a certain number of souls from people who are about to die. Once they reach their quota, they move to the next level in the afterlife.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what happens when you die. Potential topics include funerals, cremation, the afterlife, and other traditions, beliefs, and rituals related to death. How would teens like to be remembered? How would they like their life celebrated? What are parents' beliefs about the afterlife, cremation, and caskets? How did the traditions surrounding funerals come to be? How do other cultures respect and treat their dead?