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 Georgia 'George' Lass (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Mason (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Roxy Harvey (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Joy Lass (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Rube Sofer (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Reggie Lass (27 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Delores Herbig (27 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Daisy Adair (24 episodes, 2003-2004)
Greg Kean ...
 Clancy Lass (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
Crystal Dahl ...
 Crystal / ... (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
Patricia Idlette ...
 Kiffany / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Talia Ranger ...
 Young George (15 episodes, 2003-2004)
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Meet Georgia Lass (who prefers to be called George). She is a young Seattle college dropout who is unhappy with life. She is always at odds with her mom, Joy. One day coming back from her temp job as a filing clerk, she is hit by the toliet seat of the re-entering Space Station Mir. Finding out she is now dead, she is recruited to become a grim reaper. As in life, she is a pain in the butt in death. She does not like the details of her job, and is always at loggerheads with her boss Rube. Her fellow grim reapers don't really take much of a liking to her either. She also learns grim reapers don't even get a free ride in death, as they must hold down regular jobs along with their death duties. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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The set location for the Lass Household, 3851 Osler Street, Vancouver, BC (depicted as "3851 Beatrice Lane" in the series) was the location of an actual murder in 1924. The murder victim was a young woman named Janet Smith, and her accused murderer, a Chinese immigrant, who was subsequently acquitted, ignited racist feelings and legislation against Asians. The murder dominated the headlines of the Vancouver Sun for weeks. Also, the BC Historical Federation, Volume 43 No. 4, has a picture of the house on its cover (PDF link at Google). See more »

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Sheer brilliance
23 June 2004 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

Dead Like Me is one of those unique TV series that will be remembered long after "flavors of the day" shows like The Sopranos are forgotten. It is bright and dark, hilarious and sad, awe-inspiring and introspective -- all at the same time. It is a wonderful piece of television.

I recently saw the season one DVD set and I must say this show is a marvel. Although it took me a few episodes to warm up to Ellen Muth as George the slacker grim reaper, the show was easily carried by old pro Mandy Patinkin as food-loving reaper Rube and his co-stars, including the gorgeous Rebecca Gayheart who makes a welcome - though all to brief

  • return to TV after coming off her own real-life tragedy which rivals


anything seen on Dead Like Me. I won't rehash the details or the debate -- go look up her IMDb biography if you need more information.

The rest of the cast is outstanding, including Jasmine Guy - much older and wiser than her Different World days - Callum Blue and latecomer Laura Harris as George's fellow grim reapers. Harris, as wannabe actress Daisy, starts out annoying but very quickly develops layers that make her among the show's most interesting characters.

The format of the show is fascinating as there are two arcs going at the same time: George adjusting to the afterlife, and her family slowly falling apart because of her death. Central to this is George's kid sister Reggie, played by newcomer Britt McKillip. It probably isn't considered kosher to refer to an 11-year-old as beautiful unless you're a parent, but keep an eye on this one as she is going to develop into a spectacular talent.

Of course, a supporting cast means nothing without a strong lead, and Ellen Muth more than delivers. As I said above, she took a little getting used to, with her unconventional looks and a performance that gives "quirky" a whole new twist. It wasn't long before Muth truly owned the show and the character, and her narration is hilarious and touching throughout.

There were a few minor missteps in the show's first year. For some reason it was decided to do a flashback/clips episode at the 3/4 mark of the season. I will admit that the episode is fantastic and actually one of my favorites, but it might have been stronger without the flashbacks. Such things might be necessary when you're trying to create a jumping on point for an arc, but this isn't the case with Dead Like Me -- and the first season was only 14 episodes long; too short to need a recap.

The other problem I have with the show is the apparent use of the "Reset button" between most episodes. The events of one episode do not necessarily carry over into the next. This is very apparent as George appears to forget certain lessons learned in the previous episode on occasion. This is probably a minor quibble as this might not be so apparent if you watch the show in weekly chunks rather than all at once.

On the other hand, Dead Like Me is the first made-for-cable series I have seen that integrates adult language and sex (though the latter is relatively minor) in a way that is not jarring. This is not a kid's show, but I wouldn't have a problem letting a teenager see it.

Dead Like Me is easily the best series of the 2003-2004 television season, with Wonderfalls -- created by the same man -- in a very close 2nd place though it only aired 4 episodes. Dead Like Me deserves all the Emmys it can get.


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