Dead Like Me
By Lucy Maher,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Quirky afterlife dramedy is OK for teens.
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George and her fellow reapers try to ease other people's transitions to the afterlife, but the behavior of those in the living world (including George's family) is iffy and complex.
Violence & Scariness
Viewers see how ordinary people die, and these scenes, while rarely involving murder, can be pretty graphic. For example, a man who is impaled with a high heel is shown with the heel embedded in his forehead. Another slips from a diving board and face-plants into the one below.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo. An elderly man skinny dips. Some episodes deal with issues like transgenderism.
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"Bloody hell," "idiot," "this sucks," "jackass," "sure as hell," etc.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
Mature audiences will find Dead Like Me to be smart, thought-provoking television that raises questions about death, spirituality, and much more. But parents with younger kids who are attracted to the sci-fi/fantasy element of the show will want to monitor their viewing.
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?
- Premiere date: June 27, 2003
- Cast: Callum Blue, Ellen Muth, Mandy Patinkin
- Networks: Syfy, Syndicated
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: April 1, 2023
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