Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
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Ned uses his unique powers to bring his childhood crush, Chuck, back to life and solve her murder. But he is also forced to keep his distance from her, because if he touches her, she will be dead forever.


Barry Sonnenfeld


Bryan Fuller (created by), Bryan Fuller

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Ned
Anna Friel ... Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Chi McBride ... Emerson Cod
Jim Dale ... Narrator (voice)
Ellen Greene ... Vivian Charles
Swoosie Kurtz ... Lily Charles
Kristin Chenoweth ... Olive Snook
Patrick Breen ... Leo Gaswint
Terry Anzur ... Newscaster #3
Ed Brigadier ... Minister
Field Cate ... Young Ned
Ted Garcia Ted Garcia ... Newscaster #1
Murray Gershenz ... Rabbi
Tina Gloss ... Ned's Mother
Brad Grunberg ... Funeral Director


At an early age, Ned realizes that he has a unique gift - he can bring anything dead back to life. There are limits however: touched a second time, the object or person dies; and anything or anyone re-animated beyond 60 seconds will result in another object or person dying. Ned uses his powers sparingly, but when private detective Emerson Cod learns of his abilities, they form a partnership. Ned will re-animate murder victims (for less than 60 seconds) to learn the identity of their murderer. When Ned's childhood sweetheart Charlotte is killed however, he has a major decision to make. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

3 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title is based on a play on words for the term of the first show of a series used to sell the series to the television network and advertisers, The Pilot. See more »


When Ned walks upstairs to check on the lady before the bad guy gets killed, behind him is a circular window. A reflecting light can be seen in the window along with what looks to be a boom microphone. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: At this very moment in the town of Couer d'Couers, young Ned was nine years, twenty-seven weeks, six days and three minutes old. His dog, Digby was three years, two weeks, six days, five hours, and nine minutes old... and not a minute older.
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Featured in Pushing Daisies: Corpsicle (2007) See more »


(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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one of the funniest new shows on prime-time; it's charming and witty, and with enough 'quirk' in dialog and style
10 January 2008 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Barry Sonnenfeld was the right director to helm the opening of Pushing Daisies, an original mystery/comedy yarn about a pie-maker named Ned (Lee Pace) who can bring a person back to life with a touch, but there's a catch, more than one, in scheme of things. It's also about a childhood friendship that went awry, and the mending of it years later as he redeems himself (albeit, sadly, without the "emotional Heimlich maneuvers" let alone a kiss between the two, the girl 'Chuck' played by Anna Friel). It's just the perfect kind of light and frothy texture, with visually vibrant exteriors and sets and production design (the opening field reminds one of the field that Van Gogh painted once, to get all artsy). But at the same time it has a kind of stinging wit to it at times, where the actors know how silly this all is, but play it straight. It's not laugh-a-minute ala the Office or cynical like House, but it's got a ring to it that's just there. The "Umph" people talk about with certain projects is here right off the bat.

Aside from the chemistry the stars have (i.e. in the scene talking about the euphemism for hugs), as well as funny supporting work (Chi McBride, who's always good for a 'what the hell' look without straining himself, and Kristin Chenowith who's adorably odd), it's strangely fable-like even as it has its feet set firmly in the ground of the 21st century. And at the same time there's a structure set up to it: there will be crimes solved each week, as the dead (hopefully in one minute's time) will give their input on a certain huge decision in their lives, the end of such. It plays freely with the unexpected while set in a near storybook narrative (Jim Dale's narrator veers into this being like some bedtime story spiked with existential mania). Now, it won't be for everyone; it almost veers into being showy with its dialog, with the wit put on and on and the incidents so bizarre in their comedy (i.e. 'there's a truck on fire, run gravediggers, come on out of that coffin honey'). It's concept, to be sure, needs a big suspension of disbelief.

Yet Pushing Daisies is one thing most network TV shows aren't: fresh in irony, strong in character, and extremely, unexpectedly funny. It also helps that, for a TV show, it's got terrific direction and visual POP to it. Can't wait for more episodes!

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