If you have never heard of Pushing Daises, it's a show that aired it's Pilot back in 2007, and ended after only 2 short seasons (Season one had 9 episodes, and season two, 13). But it should have continued. I never actually saw it on TV (perhaps it didn't even make it to NZ), but my friend had them on DVD and so I borrowed them a few years back. Recently I found them in the Warehouse for only $10 each, so I bought both seasons and have been re-watching them. I forgot how much I loved it.
Pushing Daises is about Ned the pie maker (played by Lee Pace) who has a special ability: he came bring things back to life. With a single touch, Ned can bring things back from the dead, but when a minute is over he has to touch them again to reverse it, and they remain dead forever. There's another catch - they can only stay alive for 1 minute, or something else will die. When Ned discovers that his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte (aka Chuck, played by Anna Friel) has been murdered, he can't help but bring her back to life...and keep her alive. Yes, someone else dies, and Ned and Chuck can never touch again (or she'll be dead forever), but it means they can be in each other's lives again.
Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) is a private investigator, and discovers Ned's secret ('before' the show begins) and they team up to solve murders and collect the rewards. With a single tough, Ned can bring a dead person back to life, ask them how killed them, and voilà! Cases are solved, money is collected, pies are made, and ex-dead-girl's aunts are avoided.
It's a fantastic show, that is not only wonderfully quirky and visually adorable, but each of the episodes' plots and who-done-its are fun and silly, and the dialogue is fast-passed and often full of great metaphors. With crazy synchronized swimming aunts, Olive the waitress (played by the incredible Kristin Chenoworth - yes, she sings occasionally), Digby the dead-but-alive dog, guest stars galore and a whole lot of pie making, it's such a fun show.
If you haven't seen it, do check it out sometime. It's a lot of fun, and because there's only 2 seasons, it doesn't take long to watch.
If you have seen it, what did you think? Love it? Hate it?