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Pushing Daisies 

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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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Bryan Fuller
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 32 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Lee Pace ...  Ned 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Anna Friel ...  Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Chi McBride ...  Emerson Cod 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Jim Dale ...  Narrator 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Ellen Greene ...  Vivian Charles 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Swoosie Kurtz ...  Lily Charles 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Kristin Chenoweth ...  Olive Snook 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Field Cate ...  Young Ned 22 episodes, 2007-2009
Sy Richardson ...  Coroner 12 episodes, 2007-2009
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Storyline

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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A touch of magic. See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pushing Daisies 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

Before the show was axed, Bryan Fuller stated that one of the things he wanted to do in the future was to have narrator Jim Dale appear on screen and reveal who was telling the story. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Emerson Cod: Oh, HELL no!
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Quirky... in a good way
20 October 2009 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

When I first saw this advertised on television I thought it might be a fun little show, I didn't think it would be something I'd want to own on DVD though... I soon realised that this was something special; the colours are all brighter than normal, the dialogue is more wordy than people really use and the plot is surreal to say the least. All these things could have lead to a disaster but it worked perfectly for me. The cast did a great job bringing their surreal world to life.

Ned isn't like ordinary people; he can bring the dead back to life with a single touch, there are two major catches though, if he touches that person a second time they will die forever and if he leaves a person alive for more than a minute somebody else nearby must die. Using this skill he is able to help private detective Emerson Cod by questioning murder victims. Things change for Ned when one of the victims he revives is his childhood sweetheart Charlotte "Chuck" Charles. He can't bring himself to touch her again which apart from causing somebody else's death leads to a very difficult relationship between them. When Ned isn't dealing with dead people he cooks in The Pie Hole, the pie-restaurant he owns.

Most of the episodes are of the murder-of-the-week variety although there are some continuing threads to the story. The murders are never anything normal; their strangeness reminded me of the 1960s series "The Avengers". As well as having two great leading characters the supporting cast does a great job, I especially liked Kristin Chenoweth's portrayal of the diminutive Olive Snook a Pie Hole employee with a soft spot for Ned but who does not know his strange secret.

It is a shame that the series was cut short but I'm glad that it was given a proper ending even if there were a few loose ends left untied the main story had nice conclusion. This series won't be for everybody but if you want to watch something a bit different I'd recommend giving this show a chance.


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