Pushing Daisies

© 2007 ABC

Title: Pushing Daisies
Type: tv show – American
Director: Brian Fueller
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Drama, Comedy

Synopsis: A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress. (source: imdb.com)

Rating: ★★★★★

Acting: ★★★★★
Background Music: ★★★★★
Cinematography: ★★★★★
Design: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Originality: ★★★★★

In-depth Analysis:

Pushing Daisies was one of the first tv shows I stremmed on Netflix (now only DVD available), and is one of my favorite shows despite it being cancelled. What drew me to watching the show is the mix of genre and intriguing concept of a pie-maker bringing the dead back to life. Lee Pace—who plays Ned the pie-maker—and Anna Friel—who plays Chuck, Ned’s love interest—have a rich chemistry and makes me want to gush out rainbows and unicorns. I enjoy seeing the different approaches of how to express love without physically touching (e.g. there’s a scene where Ned and Chuck kiss with a plastic wrap in between). Kristin Chenoweth and Chi McBride, who play Olive Snook and Emerson Cod respectively, are hilarious especially when they are on-screen together. While it may seem like a light-hearted show, there are suspense and drama in some moments, which I think makes some of these characters like Emerson be more rounded.

© 2007 ABC
© 2007 ABC

I love the clothes Chuck and Olive (Friel and Chenoweth respectively) wear because it reminds me of 50’s fashion. I think the clothes sometimes brings out the character’s personality and/or a part of the actor’s features. The show uses vivid colors that complement each other to draw the audience in and create aesthetically pleasing scenes. Right in the beginning of the pilot, the audience sees a field of yellow daisies juxtaposed with a vibrant blue sky, and my first impression was “Woah, this is pretty.” Another example of complementary colors is The Pie Hole, a pie shop Ned runs. The interior is decorated with red cherry lamps that pop out against the green walls. I remember watching or reading somewhere that the use of color was inspired by a French movie called Amélie, so if you’re a fan of that movie, you’ll definitely enjoy the show.

I think the script is very witty and comedic, and the actors somehow manage to spout off their lines quickly in some scenes (think BBC Sherlock’s Sherlock). The storytelling is reminiscent to those Winnie-the-Pooh movies where a narrator will tell you background information; it feels like you’re watching a book come to life.

If you have Amazon Prime, you can stream for free. If you have Netflix, you can check out the DVDs. WB.com has season 2 available for streaming too. I definitely recommend this show to anyone who likes light-hearted shows with a hint of mystery/crime.

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