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Pushing Daisies, Season One (2007)


Pushing Daisies

To say that I thought this show sounded crazy-insane is giving it the benefit of a doubt. My curiosity was aroused by a pair of trusted reviews and after that a personal recommendation. Following that, I promptly found it at a video store, rented the first disc, popped it into the player and fell “head over heels” in love with the charms of Pushing Daisies

When he was but a ten-year-old boy Ned discovered he had… a curse or a gift? He watched his mother die of what appeared to be a heart attack right on their kitchen floor while baking pies. But then he touched her and she suddenly was among the living again… but alas, the neighbor almost immediately dies. Later that night when leaning down to give her son a good-night kiss, Ned’s mother dies all over again. Confused and upset, Ned’s world is about to further shatter when his grief-stricken father ships him off to boarding school, separating him not only from his remaining parent, but his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte. As time passes, Ned learns to single-handedly cope with his curse; he soon realizes that he can bring something – or someone back to life, but only for one minute and if he were to touch that person again, they’d die: forever.

Years go by and Ned (Lee Pace) becomes an established bakery owner of The Pie Hole. He has a partnership with a private detective named Emerson Cod (Chi McBride), who uses Ned’s ability to re-awaken the dead in order to solve his cases. All of it is a well-oiled process until a young woman by the name of Chuck Charles becomes the top story on the ten ‘o clock news.

Chuck dies under mysterious circumstances. Raised by her recluse aunts (Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz), Chuck was a sheltered free-spirit. When Chuck is rumored to have been murdered on cruise ship, Emerson nabs the case and brings his trusty sidekick along. Only problem is, when Ned lays eyes on “Chuck,” he realizes she is Charlotte, the one girl he never forgot. Awakening Chuck (Anna Friel), Ned tries to follow the rules that his gift demands, but he can’t let go a second time – and his ability to bring back the dead has another catch: if he doesn’t touch the person a second time, someone else must perish.

Pushing Daisies

Okay, so anyone who likes quirky productions cannot go wrong with this show. It’s most definitely on the good kind of “insane” and is still to this day one of the most creative programs I’ve seen. ABC had developed a plot that worked in their favor because at the time – and even to this day, there was really nothing else like it on television. The premise could be thought morbid – or rather it is, but there is something about the show that is happy. The nature of the show is always light-hearted; kind of like sitting down to a warm cup of your favorite tea or hot chocolate and catching up with old, treasured friends.

It takes the right kind of audience to find something special in a series such as this. Not everyone will think this is worth a look because they will be too “concerned” about how the premise might present itself. The fact that Ned can wake the dead is, I’ll admit, a bit of a stretch, but the show has an infectious energy. All of this praise doesn't even go into the wonderful characters. The way that Ned and Chuck respond to one another is perfectly charming. They have such a tender chemistry that it’s hard not to root for their happiness; Olive (Kristen Chenoweth) is hilarious and Emerson is, well, he’s the deadpan humorous voice in the show. (Two of my very favorite episodes are “Dummy” and “Bitter Sweet.”)

Whether or not you’ve already seen this, or are just getting into the series, know this – you’re not likely to see television or anything so charming, quite like this anytime soon.

CONTENT: There is quite a bit of sexual innuendo over the entire season run. Naturally, the better part of the show is morbid, so the humor sometimes follows suit. At least one episode implies intimate relations between an unmarried couple. Various bodies are featured in the morgue – the camera pans most of the murders. Pushing Daisies is rated TV14.

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  1. I loved Pushing Daisies; I was so sad when they cancelled it.
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  2. My friend loves this show.
    I'm not sure if I will watch,but it sounds intresting.

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  3. I've never heard of this show! To bad it' been canceled or else I would start watching it :)

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  4. C.C. - me, too! This was (and still is!) one of my most beloved shows. It was sweet, but clever, and I liked that about it.

    Thanks bunches for following me - please visit often. =)

    Ella - this show is AWESOME! Your friend knows how to pick "great" television. =) Yes, it is quirky, but the writing is fantastic.

    If you do see it, enjoy it. =)

    Trinka - yes, the show is cancelled... but you can still check it out via the DVD sets - and let me just say: it is totally worth it! If you like whimsical, quirky television or movies, this is the perfect choice. =)

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  5. I realized this is the first review site I go to when I want to check on a film/book. Be very flattered. ;)

    Anyway, my sister brought up the topic of Pushing Daisies a while ago, because apparently she was talking about Lee Pace with a friend and they started talking about PD.

    Glad to know it's a pretty great show. I'm probably going to try it out one of these days, because the story line seems mighty interesting...and quirky. I like quirky.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Jemimah! I want you to know that I always enjoy when you stop by to share your thoughts. You're one of my favorite blogger/commenters and I mean that sincerely. :)

      This show is adorable! Not only does it have a cute cast (Lee Pace is adorbs in this role) but the quirkiness is infectious. Some people won't like it and that, I hope is conveyed in all my reviews that each show/book/movie is subject to everyone's likes or criticisms. If you like quirky, you should enjoy Pushing Daisies Jemimah.

      Let me know, if you would, what you thought. It's really a crime that ABC only gave it two seasons. :/

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