Growing up is hard. Especially when you're dead
For Georgia Lass, life is boring. With a dreary day job and a tepid family life, the typically grim 20-year old suspects that she must be destined for something more... stimulating. She's right, of course, though she could have scarcely suspected that destiny would take the form of an errant scrap of Soviet plumbing. Welcome to the afterlife.
At the behest of her mother, Georgia, or George (Ellen Muth) as we come to know her finds work as a lowly file clerk, surrounded on all sides by the drab, lifeless concrete of the financial district. As she prepares for lunch on her first day, she is blissfully unaware that miles above the Earth, debris (namely a standard Russian toilet seat) from the decaying Mir space station has shaken itself loose and is hurtling it's way through the atmosphere on a mission of, well, destiny. As the seat slams itself unceremoniously into young George's head, she falls ominously to the ground... and into a very weird, very exciting new afterlife.
Freshly deceased and more than a little perplexed, George is approached by Rube (Mandy Patinkin), who, after dispensing some kindly words of advice reveals himself to be a grim reaper and George is his newest recruit. Rube and his band of Pacific Northwest reapers, Mason (Callum Blue), Roxy (Jasmine Guy), and Betty (Rebecca Gayheart), take the sullen soul collector under their proverbial wing, showing her the reaping ropes. But the afterlife isn't easy for a teen reaper, nor is it for Rube or any member of his group of soul snatchers. Each must resolve lingering issues from their former lives before being allowed to "move on". For George, this means growing, in death, into the person she was meant to become in life
Dead Like Me is a gritty dark comedy, a classic coming of age story..... with a grim twist. And as we watch George step tenuously into the wilderness of uncertainty, we can rest assured.... the afterlife will be televised