Pushing Daisies' first season was cut short due to the Writers Guild strike and was canceled before the second season was finished due to low ratings. Baring all there troubles, Pushing Daisies was one of the best shows to air in the last five years if not the last twenty.
The show is centered around Ned, a friendly pie maker that has a unique gift of being able to bring dead people back to life. At first Ned was the only one that knew this but was found out when private investigator Emerson Cod saw him bring back someone to life. They then form a partnership of solving murders by asking the dead who murdered them. One of their investigations involved someone from Ned’s past which would turn out to be the love of his life, Charlotte Charles, who was murdered and brought back to life. And the rest of the show mainly revolve around solving murders, Ned and Chuck’s relationship, and keeping certain secrets secret.
Visually the show is gorgeous. While most shows either go for a true to life or some times darker look, Pushing Daisies took the opposite approach by having bright vibrant colors that popped out and truly gave the show a one of a kind look. The wardrobe for show was also interesting. While still being set in the late 2000’s it equally seemed to be set in 40’s-50’s garb which made a wonderful mix.
The soundtrack for the show was also a delightful treat. Consisting of mainly strings, chimes, flutes, and accordions, giving the feeling of cheerful quirky sounding atmosphere even when the scene is tense or dangerous.
Casting is also a shining light to the show with everyone, including the guest stars, played their character splendedly. Lee Pace played Ned perfectly as a nervous shy romantic, Chi McBride as the tough, no nonsense PI Emerson Cod is excellent, and Anna Friel as the newly undead Chuck wanting to live life is excellent.
Lastly is the writing. The stories and mysteries are excellently written and the dialogue is quick and witty that it’s a joy to hear.
With all the crap that comes out on TV now a days it is extremely saddening that a show like Pushing Daisies is passed off because of stupid reasons and other terrible shows continue on because Pushing Daisies is a excellent show that was expertly written, acted, scored, costumed, etc. and it all makes for a very quirky enjoyable experience.