Dead to Me (Season 3)

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What it’s about:

In the third and final season of the Emmy-nominated comedy, Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) are back to entertain us with their wild antics, this time as they try to cover-up their involvement in a murder. Brace yourself for a big plot twist.

Names you might know:

In addition to Applegate and Cardellini, who received Emmy nods for each of their roles, James Marsden (Disenchanted) returns as Steve Wood, Judy’s ex-fiancé, and you’ll recognize Frances Conroy from another series about grief, Six Feet Under.

Why it’s worth your time:

The season kicks off with Judy receiving life-altering news, which becomes a major plotline, bringing back the show’s themes of loss and letting go.

In times of anticipatory grief, a knot of tough emotions like anger, sadness, and denial haunts us. This emotional roller coaster can leave us feeling tongue-tied and alone. In this season, Jen and Judy address ways to broach tough conversations about the dreaded “D” word and show us how to support a terminally ill loved one. With their raw honesty and heightened emotions, they mirror the experiences that so many bereaved people face.

But this is also a dark comedy. You’ll laugh as much as you’ll cry. At times, Judy and Jen’s dialogue feels like watching a stand-up comedy show. And in the end, it will leave you feeling inspired, sad, less alone, and deeply moved by the healing power of friendships.

The takeaway:

A form of cinematherapy, Dead to Me’s final season can be emotionally provoking as well as cathartic and entertaining. As its the culmination of a series, you’ll enjoy it more if you watch seasons 1 and 2.

Watch it with:

Anyone who’s interested in delving into grief. Dead to Me can serve as a conversation starter for families and friends to explore ways to honor the dying, discuss loss, and support each other during a loved one’s last days.

Worth noting:

With a rating of TV-MA, Dead to Me isn’t appropriate for the entire family, but with parental supervision, teens can enjoy the show. If you’re grieving or anticipating loss, this series may be triggering as it delves into illness and death. However, it also depicts how ‘grief stops life, but life doesn’t stop for grief,’ which is a dynamic many grieving individuals can relate to.

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