Saturday, October 19, 2013

31 Days of Halloween: "Pushing Daisies"

The facts were these...

"Pushing Daisies" had a much shorter life than it deserved. 

"Pushing Daisies", an ABC comedy which aired from 2007-2009,  continues to make it into my top five favorite shows of all time even 4 years after being cancelled and only having two seasons.  Brian Fuller, writer of Dead Like Me, Heroes and most recently, Hannibal, sure knows how to write a show that hooks you! 

This show was brilliant. It was stylized, without seeming over-done. It was well-written, well-acted and well-voiced-over. It was whimsically morbid when most shows can't manage to be either of those, let alone both, successfully.  Here's the premise: 

The Pie Maker (Ned) can bring dead things back to life. But everything in this world comes at a cost.

The Pie Maker 

Ned meets up with Emerson Cod (A knitting detective) and the two get into cahoots together, solving mysteries using Ned's unique "gift".

The Knitting Detective 

Everything goes smoothly until Ned's childhood crush, Charlotte Charles (Chuck), becomes involved with one of the aforementioned mysteries. Then things really get interesting. 
Lonely Tourist, Charlotte Charles 

While not directly Halloween themed, this show does have a rather dark premise, made lighter with quirky execution and style. "Pushing Daisies" truly had everything; love, adventure, morbid hilarity, baking, beekeeping, Paul Rubens, Kristin Chenoweth in arguably her best role ever and so much more. If you have never seen it, I urge you to check both seasons out from your local library. I challenge you to not blow through it in a weekend. It's just that good! And if you have seen it, watch it again this Halloween season. Guaranteed to give your holiday the shot of whimsy and style it's been missing!

Check out the first season trailer here: 

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