Pushing Daisies

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This forensic fairytale follows Ned (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Lee Pace ??? The Good Shepherd), a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned found that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. Now a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by raising the dead to name their killers.
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  1. 1. Pie-Lette
    October 3 2007
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Ned (series star LEE PACE), a young man with a very special gift, discovered as a boy that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. But his random gift isn't without deadly consequences, as he soon finds out. As a pie shop owner, grownup Ned puts his talent to good use by touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor.
  2. 2. Dummy
    October 10 2007
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    When an automotive expert is found dead, ironically after a strange hit-and-run accident, Ned suspects there's more to the story, especially when he finds out that the deceased worked for a company that was about to launch an experimental car. Meanwhile, Chuck wants some answers about how Ned brought her back to life.
  3. 3. The Fun in Funeral
    October 17 2007
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    Another strange death at the Schatz Funeral Home leads Ned back to the scene where he brought Chuck back to life. Meanwhile, Olive unwittingly becomes the messenger in Chuck's plan to bring a little sunshine into the lives of Aunts Lily and Vivian via some antidepressant-laced pies.
  4. 4. Pigeon
    October 24 2007
    42min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    After an airplane crashes into an apartment building, Ned, Emerson and Chuck try to determine whether or not the pilot committed suicide. To Ned's distress, Chuck becomes drawn to the man who appears to be the lone survivor. Meanwhile, Olive takes a wounded messenger pigeon to the aunts for help.
  5. 5. Girth
    October 31 2007
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Several jockeys are trampled to death, supposedly by the ghost of a long-dead rider, John Joseph Jacobs (HAMISH LINKLATER - "The New Adventures of Old Christine"), and his spooky horse. Since she was a jockey before working at The Pie Hole, Olive hires Ned and the team to investigate.
  6. 6. Bitches
    November 14 2007
    41min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a dog breeder who may have produced the perfect pooch is found dead, Ned and company try to figure out who exactly did the deed, especially after they learn that the deceased was a polygamist who left four grieving widows.
  7. 7. Smell of Success
    November 21 2007
    43min
    TV-PG
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    When the assistant to renowned scent expert Napoleon LeNez (CHRISTOPHER SIEBER) is found dead after a "scratch and sniff" book explodes, Ned, Chuck and Emerson try to figure out whom the deadly missive was intended for. Meanwhile, Olive continues her campaign to get Lily and Vivian back in action. PAUL REUBENS ("Pee-wee's Playhouse") guest stars as Oscar Vibenius.
  8. 8. Bitter Sweets
    November 28 2007
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    A vindictive taffy shop owner, Dilly Balsam (recurring guest star MOLLY SHANNON - "Saturday Night Live," "Evan Almighty"), sets up shop down the street from the Pie Hole. Dilly is determined to drive Ned out of business by any means necessary. MICHAEL WHITE ("The School of Rock," "The Good Girl") guest stars as Dilly's brother, Billy.
  9. 9. Corpsicle
    December 12 2007
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    After a shocking turn of events, Ned tries to make peace with Chuck. Meanwhile, Emerson tries to get Ned to concentrate on their latest case, an insurance adjustor found frozen solid. And scent expert Oscar Vibenius (recurring guest star PAUL REUBENS) returns, trying to figure out what is so different about Chuck.

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2007
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David M. IceReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best television shows ever!
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I am a retired Hollywood sound editor—I did M*A*S*H for 6 years—so I know quality television. PUSHING DAISIES blew me away from from the first 12 minutes. It was feature-film quality all the way around. Those first 12 minutes set the tone for the whole show—superb cast, excellent script, laugh-out-loud funny, pathos, cinematography, art direction, editing, visual effects, even stop-frame animation! As I kept watching I was thinking, “there’s no way they can keep this quality going on a weekly basis”—but they did. The clever (and at time tongue-twisting) dialogue. The sets—the carpets match the drapes—AND the bedspreads!—and the Technicolor brilliance of the color!—the almost non-stop music which adds enormously to the charm, and of course the beautiful chaste romance in the middle of a very black comedy! There are so many excellent details that are only revealed on repeated viewings—why are there bees? Why are there circles everywhere? Why are the double names—The Darling Mermaid Darlings, Charles Charles, Travel Boutique Boutique Travel? The odd mix of cars, from a Toyota Prius to a 1940’s sedan on the same street? A key character “who is the only detective named after a poet and a fish.” And I love the coroner.....who seldom says more than “Hmmmmmmmm.....” There are so many delights in this show that you can watch it over and over and over.

Plus, speaking as a filmmaker/editor, it’s the ONLY TIME I’ve EVER seen a key plot point and a key joke being a CAMERA MOVEMENT! I just about fell out of my chair on that one!

Everything about this show is truly top drawer, and it was like getting to watch a screwball comedy each week with delightfully odd characters in a universe that, as one reviewer said, “is a Technicolor world at right angles to our own.”
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AdrienneSkyReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Name is Earl + Monk+ Dr. Seuss = EXCELLENCE
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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!
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Matilda TrevelyanReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
So whimsical it's annoying
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I wish I liked this. I really did. I like the whimsical plotline and Pee Wee Herman type sets. The actors are attractive but the traits of each character are terribly annoying. Can't tell you how many times Cod tries to talk privately to Ned, and keeps asking him over and over to leave Chuck behind, but Ned doesn't have the backbone to do this. Chuck is obnoxiously clingy and wanting to be a part of everything Ned does refuses to pick up the hint that she's not wanted around and so keeps tagging along to anything Ned does. I got tired of this by the 5th time this happened. Olive also takes forever to get the hint and a lot of the plotlines rely on the characters being sappy and emotionally needy and without any backbone to be confrontational. So the arcing plotlines just drag on and on. I was yawning and not really interested even when Chuck and Olive continued to break the law by drugging the aunts by doctoring their pies without their knowledge. Not horrible, just not interesting except for the sets and main idea of a man who can bring the dead back to life. It's a saccharine snoozefest. Give it a pass.
MissMiranReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The most ingenious, intelligent, and hilarious show I have ever seen.
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This is by far my favorite show that I have ever seen. The main storyline about the lives of Ned, Chuck, Olive, and Emerson is original and intelligent, and it balances the humorous and the sympathetic very well. The characters are loveable, funny, and adorably imperfect, and they are brilliantly acted by some superb actors. The chemistry (romantic or otherwise) between Ned and the other main characters is spot on to me. Additionally, the episodic storylines of various death investigations are ingenious and hilarious. The situations border on the absurd but in the best way possible as part of the over-the-top, fairy-tale presentation of the show. Visually, the show is interesting and often unexpected.

The show deserved every one of the seven Emmy Awards it got (in addition to the other awards), and the ratings and cancellation seem to be more a reflection of the American public's desire for unoriginal, clichéd, unintelligent crime dramas and hospital dramas and celebrity dance-offs than a reflection on the brilliance of Pushing Daisies.
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DarkKnightReviewed in the United States on May 11, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Comedy Ever
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Where do I start with this underrated and wonderfully written show? It's clearly a show that was ahead of its time and the writing was superb, to say in the very least. Unfortunately it was aired at the wrong time and cancelled mainly due to the writers strike that occurred during the same time as the 2nd season came around. I'm guessing that the reason it didn't come back like other shows was probably, at least in my own opinion) that this show was too intelligent for the mainstream reality/cliche' situation comedy/competition/talk show/game show viewer's IQ. Seriously, how does the junk like Two and a Half Men stay on the air when this was so much better and extraordinary in its genre?
I could go on and on, but what's the point? The only thing that I have left to say is that if you are going to buy the box sets make sure you get them on Blu-Ray. The picture is phenomenal and well worth it even though they don't come with any extras.
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nenheedraReviewed in the United States on May 9, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Coeur d'Coeurs is a wonderful place to visit
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An amazing ensemble cast, quirky premise, fantastic episodes, a great narrator, and vibrant visuals combined and made Pushing Daisies one of the best series ever to be produced. Lee Pace is charming and brings such humanity to Ned. Anna Friel's mischievous, flirty turn as Chuck pairs very nicely with reticent Ned. Kristin Chenowith and Chi McBride may be considered supporting characters but they bring just as much heart, mirth, and life to Olive and Emerson. Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene are awesome as Aunts Lily and Vivian, and I'm so glad they got as much screen time as they did. And Digby! Such a cute dog.
For all that the show was about solving crimes (mostly murders), it never feels as bleak or as hopeless as other crime shows do. All of the characters are three-dimensional; none of them ever feel like caricatures or clichés. Even when they are the bad guys, you still identify with them a bit because they are shown as people and not just "bad guys".
It's such a shame the series didn't get renewed so we could stay a little longer in Coeur d'Coeurs; I really loved visiting.
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~GMBReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pushing Daisies: Still Standing
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There isn't much I can say about ABC's bright, fun, writer-friendly series.
The actors are everything one wants them to be: classically-dressed, sympathetic, heroic, and even musically trained.

While I can't say much about the series~ besides that each episode is set up much like a mystery...[Given, a murder in the beginning, an attempt to solve the murder, climax, and resolution.] Often, Pushing Daisies pushes forward in a Tim Burton-meets-brightly-colored-ideal world and Spinning a fresh new narrative. Like many here, I often wish this series was still on air. However, even two seasons was better than none at all.
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M. LugoReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem all the way round!
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Loved this series and was very upset when it was cancelled. The creator, Bryan Fuller, is a mad, creative genius (Wondetfalls!), and I think he simply flurished in this crazy, quirky world of Ned The Pie Maker, played by Lee Pace.

We meet Ned when he's 9 years old and he discovers he's got a unique gift. If he touches anything dead, he can bring it back to life. BUT, if he touches it again, it's dead for good. And he also learns that in order to give something life, something else has to die. He later learns that he has a time limit of 60 seconds before something/someone dies for the thing/one that he ressurects. Crazy, huh?

But it's not just the situation of our principal character, it's the world in which he lives and works in. He brings back his childhood sweetheart Chuck, who was murdered, but she can't tell her beloved aunts she's not dead because they buried her. And the maddening consequence of their newfound relationship is they can't touch, or else she dies for good.

Our other characters, Emerson Cod, the PI that finds out about Ned's ability and uses it to awaken murdered people to find out who killed them and collect the rewards. Hey, they split the money! Olive Snook, the waittress of Ned's restaurant, The Pie Hole, who was once a top jockey and left after a bad race managed to kill a fellow competitor.

Like I said, a crazy world...but I think you'll love it!
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