Pushing Daisies : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 3, 2007
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. 100
    Pushing Daisies deserves its high praise. It's the best new drama of the fall, finding sweet hope in morbid tragedy.
  2. 100
    Pushing Daisies is a delicate, rapturously original little television miracle.
  3. 100
    Pushing Daisies is by far the best new series of the fall season.
  4. Pushing Daisies is perfect.
  5. It's a gloriously visual fairy tale full of saturated colors and whimsical stories, the kind of romantic comedy/whodunit that should, by rights, captivate a nation starved for quirkiness and delight.
  6. 100
    Solid gold from top to bottom, the cast is almost an embarrassment of riches.
  7. The hour balances its caper-cartoon and ghoulish sensibilities with a crisp pace and well-cast leads.
  8. It's the best-looking pilot of the season--maybe the best new show, period--even though it may not look that good in the future.
  9. I wouldn't want to miss a word.
  10. This may be one of the most beautifully crafted and original TV shows ever to get fall consideration on a big network.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    Standing head and shoulders above this fall's other seedlings.
  12. 90
    The lovingly and imaginatively produced pilot has to be the most gorgeous piece of television airing anywhere tonight.
  13. 90
    This Technicolored kaleidoscope fable of life, love and perpetual whimsy restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain with endless invention and eye-popping style.
  14. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    90
    It's a breath of fresh air even for those of us who find our allergies stimulated by the countless particles of whimsy suspended in its thick atmosphere.
  15. 80
    It's a whimsical, romantically inventive and darkly funny pop-up hour about a man (Lee Pace) whose touch can bring the dead back to life (but also, yikes, vice versa).
  16. As charming as all that is amid the macabre, Pushing Daisies is a show that only a grown-up can fully enjoy.
  17. The series, from creators Bryan Fuller and Barry Sonnenfeld, is a masterful mixture of life, romance, optimism and youthful exuberance, all played out under the threat of instant death.
  18. Pushing Daisies will drive you crazy or make you smile.
  19. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    On top of the stars' subtlety and Fuller's verbal wit, Sonnenfeld's pilot direction ladles layers of flashy frosting--theatrical camera angles, emphatic zooms, intensified color and those heavyhanded moments when the narration can't quite straddle the sap line.
  20. 80
    At its best--during several moments of exquisite longing between the adult Ned and Chuck--Pushing Daisies feels so right that it almost redeems all the wrongs of such wretched new series as Cavemen or Carpoolers.
  21. 80
    Pushing Daisies is good, as well as distinctive.
  22. It’s definitely not the same-old same-old, for which ABC is to be congratulated.
  23. It is all very beautiful.
  24. Pushing Daisies captivates with an emotionally resonant story and dazzles with its bright visual imagery. Fans of delightfully daft fairy tales, this one's for you.
  25. Daisies is something you shouldn't miss, particularly if you're looking for something different on TV.
  26. All the praise heaped on Pushing Daisies, and every declaration about the dramedy's originality, is merited.
  27. The story of Ned (Lee Pace), a young man who can bring the dead back to life, is sweetly odd, but also oddly charming.
  28. 80
    With snappy writing, stunning art direction and a great cast, this really is the new show you don't want to miss.
  29. 70
    Despite the fine work of Pace and Friel--who convey tenderness despite the director’s efforts to stamp it out--the sheer quantity of forced whimsy and visual razzle-dazzle can be exhausting.
  30. 63
    Pushing Daisies is fanciful and fun, but sometimes pushes the daisies too hard.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 248 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 125
  2. Negative: 18 out of 125
  1. Nov 1, 2010
    0
    This show is mind-numbingly boring. The concept is fantastic and the writers and narrator outright ruined a potentially brilliant idea. TheThis show is mind-numbingly boring. The concept is fantastic and the writers and narrator outright ruined a potentially brilliant idea. The narrator explains things as though speaking to a two year old and does so in excessive detail. The characters are two-dimensional and even within such restrictive bounds they're character and story-line don't match up. For example, a girl gets brought back from the dead. She's pushy, 'in-you-face' annoying and does whatever she wants, whenever she wants, irrespective of others. Her background story is as a stay at home 'nurse-maid' to her two Aunts, doing what she was told and being a polite little 'good-girl'. Her only transition was leaving home to get a job where she did what she was told and died in the process. Huh? The writers must have been asleep. The only way one could possibly know the actors are good is if they've seen them in something else because in Pushing Daisies they have precious little to work with, including lines. For the most part the narrator stole them.

    How this show managed to get past the pilot episode is a miracle that may only be explained by the good reputation of 'Dead Like Me'. My advice, give this one a miss.
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  2. G.Fresh
    Oct 25, 2007
    3
    Different is not always better, and the proof is Pushing Daisies. Obviously there are a lot of talented people working on this show, save for Different is not always better, and the proof is Pushing Daisies. Obviously there are a lot of talented people working on this show, save for the writers who deliver mind numbingly boring stories. If the show is going to get better, try writing storylines that are challenging for those over three years old. Full Review »
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    10
    Are people kidding? This show was great - BEAUTIFUL to look at, lovely and whimsical, clever, fresh, and heartwarming. A great cast andAre people kidding? This show was great - BEAUTIFUL to look at, lovely and whimsical, clever, fresh, and heartwarming. A great cast and unique plot really rounded it out - I guess it just wasn't for everyone. If you are into something a little different, as well as some heart and mystery, this was a great place to look! Full Review »