Netflix’s Dead to Me: 5 reasons you need to be watching

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Netflix’s latest dark comedy, Dead to Me, stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini. Here are five reasons it’s an absolute must-watch.

This weekend Netflix drops the entire first season of it’s newest half-hour dark comedy, Dead to Me. I’m sure this show’s appearance must sting for fans of the recently-cancelled Santa Clarita Diet, a show I haven’t had the chance to watch but feel like it panders to similar audiences as Dead to Me.

Hopefully Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini can help ease the blow a little because Dead to Me is weird, dark and intriguing in its own way. Here are five reasons you should check the series out this weekend.

5. Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate

I feel like the addition of these two women alone should be a reason compelling enough to at least give the series a chance. I’ve been a fan of Linda Cardellini since she was playing Velma in Scooby-Doo. As for Christina Applegate, she’s earned her status as a national treasure since playing Kelly Bundy and then continuing on to do tons of other hilarious movies and short-lived (but beloved) TV shows like Samantha Who? (RIP).

From their very first scene together at a grief support group, their chemistry sparkles. I could watch the two of them share the screen all day long.

4. The humor

Dead to Me is a dark comedy and when I say dark, I mean dark. It’s not afraid to cross the line and then cross it again to get the laugh. The opening scene is presented in the trailer below and shows Applegate’s very blunt character, Jen, making a neighbor feel immensely uncomfortable after bringing by her Mexican lasagna dish.

I found the humor to be witty, dry, and yet sharp and sophisticated too. It’s sad when it needs to be sad but knows how to punch up a scene to make it hilarious, sometimes uncomfortably so. I’m only one episode in and already addicted.