One upon a time there was a pie maker who could reanimate the dead with one touch and kill them permanently with his second touch. If he keeps the person revived for more than a minute someone else dies, a sort of mortality quid pro quo.
Like the short, but hilarious series, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies allowed audiences to examine death and their fear of death. PD combined love, crime, mystery, always underlain with unfulfilled longing and hope. As we were guided through an eccentric, dazzling, patterned artist’s palette (although not a lot of blue) of idiosyncratic situations, it was really about appreciating how precious life can be.
Ned (Lee Pace) and Chuck (Anna Friel) are the ultimate star-crossed lovers as Chuck was murdered and brought back to life by Ned, but he can’t touch her again or she will die permanently so they have to be creative in the expression of their love.
Along with Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) the P.I. they solve murders and mysteries, bake pies, have peculiar conversations all from a euphorically vintage vantage. They also get to investigate who killed Chuck. Always nice to know who killed you, especially if they decide to try it again.
Despite a huge fan following, the series was cancelled after two seasons. It still remains one of the finest cancelled shows ever. Yes, like Heroes there were comics to finish, but it’s not the same. We needed at least 2 more seasons or a movie.
Exactly like The Walking Dead, but cheerful, vivid, upbeat, funny, more pie, and less brutal killing and zombie attacks. So actually not at all like The Walking Dead except some reanimating of the dead.