‘Dead to Me’ Review: Christina Applegate’s Netflix Series Is No Comedy, But It Is a Mess
Nowhere is it written that half-hour series have to be comedies, and yet “Dead To Me” seems adversely intent on sticking with tradition.
Labeled a “black comedy” by Netflix, the upcoming 10-episode first season is light on jokes and heavy on drama; even the darker elements in the twisty, flashback-driven mystery are treated as serious emotional turning points, rather than cringe-inducing punchlines.
Only the pacing and occasional glib comment give the sense that humor is present, for “Dead To Me” provides no indication it has a sense of humor at all.In today’s day and age, laugh-less half-hours are nothing new.
They’re not comedies.
They’re dramas, only shorter.But “Dead To Me” doesn’t work as a drama either.
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