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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2019
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  • Summary: After the death of his wife, Tony (Ricky Gervais) contemplated suicide before deciding to say and do anything he wants, no matter the consequences, to punish the world in this dark comedy created, directed and produced by Gervais.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. 100
    Throughout the six-episode season, we see Tony slowly cope with his pain. The process is done so organically that it feels authentic. But what makes this series truly memorable is how brilliantly Ricky Gervais injects humor into such complex subject matter. Touching, poignant and humorous, this is some of the comedian’s best work yet.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Feb 26, 2019
    91
    Gervais has sketched a predictable arc for his character, but Tony’s transition over the course of After Life’s six episodes is nonetheless heartfelt and moving.
  3. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 28, 2019
    90
    Unexpectedly moving. [4-17 Mar 2019, p.11]
  4. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Mar 6, 2019
    60
    There’s something to the idea here of accepting how all consuming grief can be, but that message gets lost when the show indulges Tony’s aggressive unpleasantness as much as it does. The turning point comes when someone finally goes ahead and calls Tony out to his face. ... The show and Tony alike turn a welcome corner--but it’s still impossible to tell how self-aware this evolution is on Gervais’ part.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 4, 2019
    58
    After Life plays like an odd vanity project.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Mar 7, 2019
    50
    Kudos to Gervais for trying something contextually different from his past TV work, but all the pieces don’t quite fit together in this puzzle.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Mar 6, 2019
    25
    As a meaningful meditation on grief, After Life is dead on arrival. As a comedy, it’s good only for a few passing chuckles. It wants so badly to be both comedy and drama--to be both funny and touching--that it fails pretty spectacularly at both.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Mar 9, 2019
    10
    This show is brillant: humane, funny, non banal.

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  2. Mar 10, 2019
    10
    Loved it. It's a really nice show. i don't get why the critics here are bashing the show. I mean one "critic" gave it a 25 out of a 100Loved it. It's a really nice show. i don't get why the critics here are bashing the show. I mean one "critic" gave it a 25 out of a 100 score... 25?! Means that it's one of the worst shows he has ever seen. That isn't the case at all. I think it's a really lovely show. You will binge watch it and enjoy it. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2019
    10
    The reviewers who gave it a negative review must be on heroin. Literally, the best thing he has done in years perfectly nails grief. Had meThe reviewers who gave it a negative review must be on heroin. Literally, the best thing he has done in years perfectly nails grief. Had me in tears. Expand
  4. Mar 18, 2019
    8
    Simple, brutal, beautiful.

    Poignant comedy that calls a spade a spade.

    In the same vein as Derek, but more polished.
  5. Mar 11, 2019
    7
    I love Ricky Gervais and when he's ripping on people there's no one better. But he's on this streak of trying to teach us deeper lessons ofI love Ricky Gervais and when he's ripping on people there's no one better. But he's on this streak of trying to teach us deeper lessons of life when he should just do comedy with a little bit of drama rather than drama and comedy mixed. With Derek and now After Life he gets too sentimental and while I liked the show overall, I found a lot of the dramatic parts did not land. And he's making his secondary characters too dumb and cartoon-y. It's funny when Orlando Bloom (Extras) is arrogant and clueless because the audience has certain expectations, but when Ricky makes his psychiatrist out to be arrogant and clueless it doesn't ring true. Expand
  6. Mar 16, 2019
    6
    I'll start by stating that I enjoyed After Life more than any TV show Ricky Gervais has created since Extra's but this is still a far cry fromI'll start by stating that I enjoyed After Life more than any TV show Ricky Gervais has created since Extra's but this is still a far cry from reaching the heights of that show let alone the brilliance of The Office.

    Throughout the six episodes there are plenty of genuine laughs to be found but, as with much of what Gervais has created over the last decade or so, the writing and most of the characters lack any kind of subtlety with everything painstakingly explained to the viewer and a sudden character shift in the final episode that comes completely out of the blue. The usual topics of 'atheism' and 'causing offence' that Gervais likes to talk about on every chat show or podcast he's on are also shoehorned in in a way that just felt totally unnatural.

    With some editing (maybe from former writing partner Stephen Merchant?) this could perhaps have been Gervais' comeback but as it is it's only a small step in the right direction.
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  7. Mar 17, 2019
    0
    Ricky Gervais struggles to perform his schtick in the 2019 social climate where blurting out the C word every 5 minutes and making fun of fatRicky Gervais struggles to perform his schtick in the 2019 social climate where blurting out the C word every 5 minutes and making fun of fat people would get him deplatformed and depersonned so he has to flip flop back and forth between the C-word and fat shaming then woe is me tiresome "muh dead wife" plot to try and enable him to do his offensive 2010 act in 2019, not to mention his act of a man in despair is completely unrealistic, just think he's been a celebrity so long that he can't even imagine how miserable a person can get like his idea is about 4 empty beer bottles around the house, like has he even seen an alcoholic before. Expand

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