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Pushing Daisies - The Complete First Season

by Suzanne 9/2/08

This is a very strange show, and hard to classify. It's certainly fantasy, first and foremost. The hero, Ned, learns as a young boy that he can bring dead things back to life by touching them. He also learns that if he touches them again, they die. If he doesn't touch them within a minute, then someone else dies. There is no reason given for this, so it's fantasy, definitely, and not science fiction. The show also has a fairy-tale-like narrator, and odd things are said and done by all. The show is very odd, but more in a whimsical way rather than in a disturbing way.

The show has a lot of humor, so in some ways it's a comedy, or maybe a light drama. Since murder is frequently involved, there is a fair amount of mystery as well. Ned and a private eye revive dead people so they can find out who murdered them, and then they collect the reward. They are joined in this business by Ned's childhood sweetheart, Charlotte (called "Chuck"). Ned brought her back to life in the first episode.

Chuck and Ned are in love, so in that sense, the show is also a romance. It's a tragic romance because they can never touch each other again.  We keep watching, hoping that changes.

The show's writing is amazing, almost like a movie or a really interesting play. The dialogue is very unusual, and the plot constantly takes you to places you won't expect. People who enjoy high quality writing will definitely enjoy this show. If you don't like sentiment, though, you will not like this show because it's very sentimental, sometimes even gooey. Other times it can be very silly, but fun. Just when you think you know what the show's about, they throw you a curve ball, which makes you laugh or cry or scratch your head.

I didn't get to watch this show last year, so I'm very glad to be able to see it on DVD. A lot of people I know seem to love the show. Now I can see why. It definitely is interesting and makes you want to keep watching to see what will happen next.

I wish I could tell you that the disk set came with many cool special features, but it doesn't. The only extra is one that shows you pictures of pies that were used in each episode. It's weird, just like the show.

The set's cover is really cool. It looks like a menu and the disks look like pies. That I did enjoy.  Well, watching this set really did make me want to eat pie, but it also made me want to watch season two. You should, too!


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