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Dead Like Me: Season 2

Ellen Muth , Laura Harris , Brad Turner , David Grossman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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In the second season of Showtime's Dead Like Me, teen grim reaper George (Ellen Muth) returns just as she left the first--dead. (Technically, undead.) That isn't about to change, but some things will. In season premiere "Send in the Clown," she'll get a promotion at the Happy Time temp agency (a dead ringer for Office Space’s soul-sucking cubicle maze). Meanwhile, Roxy (Jasmine Guy), a tough-talking fellow reaper, will make the move from meter maid to police officer. After all, even reapers have to eat.

There are other changes. George's parents, Joy (Cynthia Stevenson) and Clancy (Greg Kean), finally throw in the towel on their foundering marriage. The other reapers experience their share of good and bad luck. Sweet, if narcissistic Daisy (Laura Harris) finds religion, larceny, and love (in that order), while bad boy Brit Mason (Callum Blue) gives up the bottle only to take it up again and no-nonsense reaper boss Rube (Mandy Patinkin) spends most of the season trying to track down someone from his mortal past.

There were 15 episodes in the second season. Guest stars include Michael Des Barres as a washed-up rocker ("In Escrow"), Barbara Barrie as George's free-spirited grandmother ("Rites of Passage," "The Escape Artist"), and Eric McCormack as a cocky TV producer who falls for Daisy (three episodes, starting with "Death Defying"). Unfortunately, 2004 wouldn't turn out to be creator Bryan Fuller's lucky year. Despite fan devotion, critical praise, and Emmy nominations, both of his distinctively quirky dark comedies, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me, would not be renewed--but at least the latter made it to the end of the year. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Dead Like Me - Season 2
  • Send in the Clown
  • The Ledger
  • Ghost Story
  • The Shallow End
  • Hurry
  • In Escrow
  • Rites of Passage
  • The Escape Artist
  • Be Still My Heart
  • Death Defying
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • Forget Me Not
  • Last Call
  • Always
  • Haunted
Special Features
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Dead Like Me.....Again Featurette
  • Putting Life Into Death Featurette
  • Photo Gallery


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another fabulous show cancelled... Jan. 11 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic follow-up to Dead Like Me Season 1, and if you liked the first season of George's witty yet vulnerable self, and Rube and the rest, you'll adore the second season, too. More development of Mason and of course, our crazy meter-lady actually gets a promotion of sorts! I definitely recommend this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Potential Aug. 14 2009
Format:DVD
It's so disappointing to know that this is where the Dead Like Me road ends; or at least the good part of it. The second season is even better than the first, I'm sure due in no small part to the fact that all the preliminary character introductions and basic rules are out of the way and we're able to delve more deeply into the meaning of the show. The acting is flawless, the story lines sans error. I wish every single person in the world was forced to watch this because I'm completely sure they would love it. Recommended (also, a good amount of deleted scenes).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh how the mighty have fallen June 23 2007
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It was quite a surprise to find out the reason Showtime hadn't resumed showing a new season of DLM. It is quite disheartening to see such an intelligent funny dark comedy cancelled and replaced by more of the usual "rubbish" that the networks grind out.

The second season of "Dead Like Me" wasn't as strong as the first, but it was pretty close, still very engaging and better than most other television shows on cable and the networks. The main problem with season 2 is that it sets up many interesting questions that were meant to be answered in future seasons, but we'll never get those answers because someone at Showtime decided to kill its best show. In this season we really saw the character of "George" grow up into adult, something she couldn't do while alive. The entire cast was excellent, and the interaction of the "reapers" among themselves and with their "victims" was hysterically funny. There were so many unanswered questions woven into the plots about the reapers that we will never know the answers to. The development of this mismatched group of characters was so interesting, plus the subplot of George's family gave such a deep dimension to the overall story. What will happen to Joy and Reggie? How did Rube die? What was his history? I'm sure the writers would have given us a wonderful ride, if only Showtime stuck with it.

All of the extras are located on the fourth DVD. "Dead Like Me...Again" is an 11-minute featurette about the show. The cast talk about their characters and gush about working on the show. Sadly, the irony is that everyone talks as if another season is in the works when we know that the show has been cancelled.
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