TV Show Review: Pushing Daisies (Season 1)

What would you do if you have the power to bring back life?  For Ned, he uses his gift to open a pie shop (in which he uses rotten fruit that automatically freshen back once touched) and work along with Emerson Cod, a private investigator who solves murders.  He thought he was content with his life until his childhood friend Charlotte Charles, known by him as Chuck, was murdered.  He originally revived her to help solve her murder, but emotions ran high and he allowed her to live.  See, he can bring back life without consequence for one minute, but any longer, something else dies in place of it.  If something that he brings back touches him, they revert back to being dead.  While Ned is happy to allow Chuck to live, it brings back his guilt that Chuck’s father is dead because of a childhood incident- he unknowingly brought his mother back to life in exchange for him.

I love this quirky show, but it’s cursed along with other great television shows for its lack of mainstream appeal.  It has the makings for success- a wonderful cast, great writing, appropriate guest stars, and continuous sexual tension between Ned and Chuck, but the viewing never matched the critical success it had, so it was canceled after two seasons.  This is why I usually don’t watch television; the majority of my favorite shows get canceled early on.

There are so many things I love from Pushing Daisies– the positive attitude it has in general, the set and clothing design, the wit… I can go on and on.  In a weird way, it’s a blessing it got canceled while it was good- better than a show that loses that spark it once had, but still continues for seasons because the audience still lick it up like ice cream.  Apparently it’s going the Buffy route and have a comic series continue the storyline.  Not sure if that’s a good idea, as I’d have preferred a movie, to be honest.

I highly recommend this series; you will feel so much better about yourself, wondering ‘Where has this been all my life?’.  I do own the second season on DVD, so that will be later reviewed as well.  Honestly, I haven’t seen the entirety of that season, but this is what this summer is for, to finish it!


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