Ned (Pace) is a pie baker with an unusual talent. With just a single touch, he can bring the dead back to life.
When he was a child, he discovered this talent by bringing his dog back to life when it was hit by a truck. Sadly, this “gift” comes with a bit of a curse.
A second touch will kill the thing or person he brings back. Another side bit of nasty is that if he brings someone back for more than a minute, nature balances itself out by taking another life.
A private eye (McBride) soon discovers Ned’s power and uses him to interview murdered people to solve the crime and claim the reward.
This is all soon complicated even more when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart (Friel) back to life…and subsequently tries to keep her alive.
Why It Was So Good:
As with most shoes created by Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Hannibal), Pushing Daisies was a bit ahead of its time.
Airing on ABC for two seasons, the show was visually stunning–almost a mix of Tim Burton with a sense of realism that has never really been matched on television. This show defined quirky, from the characters to the dialogue to the alliterative character names and settings…all in all, it was just fun.
There was music and some of the most interesting characters, guest stars, and scene stealers that you can’t really name them all.
Kristin Chenoweth won an Emmy for her portrayal of Olive Snook (who loved Ned from afar, hilariously, for the duration of the series), while Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene chewed up their dialogue and every scene as Chuck’s (Friel) aunts, who were both agoraphobic shut-ins…who were once a famous synchronized swimming duo.
Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, Halt and Catch Fire) was so believable as the affable Ned, while his and Friel’s on-screen chemistry screams for 22 episodes.
That’s it. Only 22.
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