I took a chance on this show because its soundtrack includes one of my favorite songs, Birdhouse in Your Soul, sung by Ellen Greene and the incomparable Kristin Chenoweth, and because of its outstanding ratings... so many people love it! Now having watched the first season, I TOTALLY understand why! The premise is so creative, and it's presented in a quirky, charming, engaging, and delightful way. It's a dark comedy, but there's also a distinct lightness to it which is so engaging.
When I first watched it, it honestly reminded me of My Name is Earl, another show I LOVED, even though the two are wildly different from each other in tone and content. I think it reminded me of Earl because it is so utterly unique and unlike (almost) anything I'd ever seen before, and because of its rapid-fire, witty dialogue, its saturated color/aesthetic, and its wonderful music- although Pushing Daisies' music is decidedly more orchestral than Earl's. It's also very much like Monk in that each episode focuses on figuring out how and why someone has died as only it's unique protagonist can do- in this case, Ned asks the deceased people themselves and, with the help of Chuck and Emerson, builds on the clues they provide. Perhaps best of all, it truly feels like watching a Dr. Seuss movie with its lush colors- especially orange and green, its narrator, and its candy coating of whimsy. What other show can be described as talking to the dead with a candy coating of whimsy? None. If this sounds wonderful or even just intriguing to you, I highly recommend watching! It's an excellent show!