A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress.

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Top Rated TV #242 | Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 30 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »
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 Ned (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Emerson Cod (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Narrator (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Vivian Charles (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Lily Charles (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Olive Snook (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Young Ned (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Coroner (12 episodes, 2007-2009)
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Ned possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the person dead again, unable to be revived. Through his connections with PI Emerson Cod, Ned revives his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. The trio, aided occasionally by Olive Snook, helps solve the mysteries of various murders, whose murderer is often surprising. Written by Mandy

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life. death. and life again. See more »


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3 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Criando malvas  »

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Bryan Fuller wrote the part of Ned for Lee Pace, but his agents declined it. Fuller then offered the role to 'Adam Brody' who turned it down because he was not looking to do another TV series after The O.C. (2003). Finally, Lee Pace's manager went around his agents and told Pace he should read the pilot script. Pace read it and accepted the role. See more »

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Throughout the series, the way Ned's gift works contradicts itself. Most notably, his entire business is based around touching dead fruit to make it ripe again for use in his pies. When he touches the fruit, it is restored to its pristine physical shape. However when he touches a sentient creature that has died, the broken/harmed/rotted body remains that way. See more »

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Emerson Cod: What got thee to a nunnery?
Olive Snook: Oh, Emerson. You really want to know?
Emerson Cod: Not especially. That was just my attempt at polite wee talk. Moment's passed, so let's talk compensation.
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Referenced in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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A great series...too bad it was too smart to succeed.
25 May 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Pushing Daisies" was a marvelously original show--so much so that it had to fail. After all, good television is like the sentiment 'no good deed goes unpunished'! And, like a wonderful show, it manages to start off with a real bang--with an episode that keeps you wanting more.

Apparently, the idea for "Pushing Daisies" was originally a plot idea for "Dead Like Me"--another show so good that it quickly failed. In the show, they had planned to have the reapers learn that some of their victims had mysteriously returned to life--the result of a guy with magical life-giving powers. Well, the idea was re-tooled for this ABC series and was done independently of "Dead Like Me". However, unlike "Dead Like Me" the atmosphere, costumes and set design had a much more other-worldly appearance--like it was filmed in a magical fictional land--full of LOTS of primary and secondary colors! I could try to explain the series, but frankly it defies explanations. Plus, IMDb has a summary. Instead, lets' focus specifically on what they got right...other than everything (which is true but a bit vague). The characters are exquisitely written and easy to love...very easy to love. The dialog is even better--very, very snappy, intelligently written and clever. And the plots generally very good--specifically so in this pilot. In this case the entire lore of Ned's magical powers is explained as well as the set-up for the series--his partner Emerson (my favorite character), how he accidentally brought Chuck (a girl) back to life as well as his strange but lovable employee (Olive).


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