Dead to Me keeps its world small and coincidences high, but that’s also what helps us really get to know these characters on a level that makes their emotional beats land in the moment. If the show was released weekly, its cliffhanger endings might carry more weight and anticipation, but as it is the series remains a breezy binge watch with sometimes surprising emotional gut punches.
It careens through its twists and turns with a recklessness that is unnerving and exciting. But most thrilling of all is this emotionally volatile, hysterical, ace performance from Applegate, a woman flailing through life, shooting off sparks from the frayed wires at her wit’s end.
Dead to Me season 2 is even better than season 1 and the twist and turns this season have been insanely entertaining. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini give exceptional performances and they have outstanding chemistry, they are hilarious and give emotionally powerful performances, they make you laugh and cry. The supporting performances from James Marsden, Diana-Maria Riva, Natalie Morales, Katey Sagal, Frances Conroy, and Sam McCarthy were phenomenal. The writing is remarkable, it is hilarious but also heartbreaking and touching. The makeup and hairstyling is stupendous especially on Linda Cardellini, Diana-Maria Riva, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, Natalie Morales, Sadie Stanley, and James Marsden. The costumes are excellent especically on Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate. This second season was an A+ and it is still my 3rd favorite Netflix original show, one of my top 5 favorite comedy shows, and one of my favorite shows of all time.
The dramedy returns as Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) deal with the repercussions of last season. I liked this season as much the first one.
I'm impressed with how seemingly this carries over from the first season, no dropped plotlines or anything. A lot more happens, too, which I appreciate. Scenes don't feel drawn out like the Judy-Steve relationship bits last time. Things get a lot darker, and the mood gets genuinely tense as we see the characters deal with their secrets. Yet, the humor keeps firing on all cylinders.
The show's biggest strength remains with snarky Jen and daffy Judy's odd couple rapport, which actually feels strengthened. Applegate and Cardellini work excellently off each other. Besides being funny, they bring on the drama perfectly. Applegate continues to bring on such an emotional, intense drive. Cardellini is allowed to explore more of Judy's serious side and inner demons, and she delivers a heck of a performance. I'm hoping the actress gets an Emmy nomination for this.
Overall, I highly recommend this excellently written show and season.
The best parts of the show are its unending reveals and the ways the characters dodge disaster. Oh, and the dead bodies, too. ... Ultimately, the show is a comedy, after all. Cardellini is especially good this season, as we learn more about how Jen came about her extremely mellow demeanor. And Applegate is funny, as she was last season, as she curses, breaks down, and swigs wine with a vengeance, all while her world continues to fall apart.
Liz Feldman and her fellow writers crank up the soap-opera-style drama this season, but they manage to keep Dead to Me from sailing off into the atmosphere of stupid television, thanks to the show’s sharp sense of humor and the grounded emotional moments that make what’s happening feel almost real. A lot of credit for obeying the laws of TV gravity also goes to the two leads.
OK, the script isn’t going to be up for an Emmy. But Jen and Judy are an adorable double-act sure to chase away any lockdown blues, and the programme is armed with enough twists and turns to send you reeling.
Season 2 only elevates the vapid emptiness lurking in “Dead to Me” all along. The basic plot plays out like a bad “Trading Places” knock-off, where the only thing Jen and Judy swap are secrets and guilt.
Other than the Orange County real-estate porn and Judy's endless parade of flowy designer dresses (that the character couldn't afford), the performances are the only real reason to tune in to this unnecessary sequel of a season.