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Dead Like Me 

After being hit on the head by a toilet seat, a young temp clerk becomes a grim reaper in death.

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Bryan Fuller
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2004   2003  
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Ellen Muth ...  Georgia 'George' Lass 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Callum Blue ...  Mason 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Jasmine Guy ...  Roxy Harvey 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Mandy Patinkin ...  Rube Sofer 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Cynthia Stevenson ...  Joy Lass 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Britt McKillip ...  Reggie Lass 27 episodes, 2003-2004
Christine Willes ...  Delores Herbig 27 episodes, 2003-2004
Laura Harris ...  Daisy Adair 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Crystal Dahl Crystal Dahl ...  Crystal / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Greg Kean Greg Kean ...  Clancy Lass 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ...  Kiffany / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
Talia Ranger Talia Ranger ...  Young George 15 episodes, 2003-2004
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Storyline

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 toilet 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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Only she knows when your time is up. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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MGM | Official site (US only) | See more »

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to Bryan Fuller (the show's creator and head writer for the first four episodes), it was originally planned that George's father would be gay, and this development would spell the end of Clancy and Joy's marriage. After Fuller left the show, the show's new executives decided that Clancy should be heterosexual, but philandering with his female students. See more »

Quotes

[Rube lights his pipe in the Happy Time office]
George: You can't smoke in here.
Rube: Ah, fuck that bullshit, they can blow me.
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Crazy Credits

Episodes in which clips from previous episodes are used (in particular the flashback episode, Nighthawks) give screen credit to the writers of any excerpts that are used, even if the clip is momentary. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Spanish version, Dolores' surname is "O'Jackson" instead of "Herbigg" to ensure the joke about her name: "Dolores O'Jackson como si dijeras ojazos" (as if you say big-eyes). See more »

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Referenced in Face Off: Mortal Sins (2013) See more »

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Fabulous TV--It's a shame it was canceled
1 August 2005 | by rdyoungsterSee all my reviews

For me, TV hit a golden age during the early-mid 80's. It's been a long time since I've been as moved by a television show as I was with Dead Like Me.

Dead Like Me features Ellen Muth, who plays an 18 year old kid who gets killed by a toilet seat from the space station MIR. Her death introduces us to the fascinating world of the Grim Reaper. Full of workplace rules, guidelines, assignments, and generally horrific deaths, Dead Like Me explores the subject of death in a very unusual, yet original way.

When George(Muth) becomes a reaper, her whole world as she knows it changes. She, and her group of reapers, lead by Rube(Mandy Patinkin), use a German waffle house as their base of operations, receiving post-it notes with the names and times of their reaps. Another sub-plot of the show centers around George's family, and the adjustment that they go through after George's death.

Throughout the two seasons(currently available on DVD), the viewer follows life through the eyes of George, and also though her quirky narration. We see George grow into a more confident young woman, and also witness the interactions amongst the various characters and their reaps.

This show is without a doubt one of the most interesting shows out there, and with any luck, Showtime will decide to re-visit this show. I watched for about two minutes and was hooked. I'm certain you'd enjoy this show, too.


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