Pushing Daisies is produced in glorius technicolour with full candy-tone. It's oh so sweet and centres around the Pie-Maker or Ned (Lee Pace). Ned tragically discovered an unusual ability as a child. One touch from him, and dead things came back to life. One second touch from him, and they're dead for good. If he doesn't touch the reanimated being for a second time, then natural balance takes over and something else dies in their place. So Ned institutes a rule; When he touches someone or something, he touches them again (for good this time) within a minute.
Fast forward many years and Ned is the proud owner of the Pie-Hole (which even has a pie crust shaped roof) and is business partner to snappily-dressed, knitting obsessed private investigator, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). Ned's reanimation skills come in handy when investigating murders, given that he can collect eye witness testimony from the dead themselves.
Things get turned around when one of the deceased folk turns out to be Ned's old sweetheart, Chuck (Anna Friel). Ned cannot bring himself to touch her again for a second time, thus keeping her alive and in his life - but at the price of never being able to touch her again!
Due to the writer's strike in the States, there are only nine episodes in Series 1 of the show, but they are nine beautifully imagined and lovingly created episodes. Pushing Daisies is a charming, simple yet quirky romantic comedy. Great performances from the leading characters along with snappy dialogue and lots of romantic gazes all add up to create a television show that is truly memorable.
on 4 May 2009
I love this series and refuse to believe it won't be continued. It has fun, magic and a hint of realism in touching on real subjects like unrequited love, longing and friendships, although in a truly surreal way.
It has similarities to Scrubs in that sense, as it's funny but still very touching. A bit Tim Burtonesque, if you liked Big Fish, you're likely to enjoy this as well. It's the most visually stunning tv series I can think of, as you might have figured, I'm a fan..
If you want to enjoy your life, this is a great purchase!
This show is like nothing you have ever seen before. And that is a good thing.
It is the story of the Pie Maker aka Ned (Lee Pace). To the world, he is best known as the owner of The Pie Hole, where he serves delicious pies with his assistant/waitress, Olive (Kristen Chenoweth).
But Ned has a secret. With his touch, he can bring the dead back to life. Of course, there are some conditions. If he touches them again, they are dead for ever and ever. And if he doesn't touch them again in one minute, someone else nearby dies instead.
Since The Pie Hole doesn't pay all the bills, Ned works with private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). He brings murder victims back to life to find out who killed them, then the two split the reward.
Everything is going along fine until the next murder victim is the girl he calls Chuck, aka Charlotte Charles (Anna Friel). Chuck was Ned's childhood sweetheart, and he just can't bear to let her die, so he keeps her alive. While the two build a non-touch romance, Chuck's two aunts, Vivian and Lily (Ellen Greene and Swoosie Kurtz) mourn her death.
But Chuck's death is just the beginning of the weird cases. There are the human crash test dummies, the dog breeder with four wives, the bodies in the snowmen, and the exploding scratch and sniff book. And that doesn't even mention my favorite case, the headless horseman who is after Olive.
So by now I'm sure you've figured out just how weird this show really is. But it is so much fun, too. While it is a mystery, the mysteries are only a background to explore the relationships of the characters in the show. Each week, those relationships advance, grow, and change. You never know just where they will wind up.
And that's not to mention the look of the show. Every set and costume uses bright colors and vivid light. The show was made for HD, and I can't wait to watch it on my new HD-TV. Plus the make up on the dead bodies is outstanding. If they don't win some Emmys for make up, something is seriously wrong.
And I must admit, I love the show's humor. The lines come fast and furious with plenty of banter, especially between Ned and Chuck. Jim Dale is also in the cast as the omniscient narrator, and he adds his own touch to the show.
Yes, this show is quirky and odd. But please don't let that stop you. Get this set and give it a try. You'll be hook on the quirky before you know what hit you.
on 29 December 2011
Most reviews heap praise upon the series, and justly so, despite being axed like almost any other off-beat show, like "Death Like Me", "Wonderfalls" or "Firefly" (you should these down too!).
There are almost no extras, but I was particularly taken in with the possibility to switch off the (identical) intros of the shows. An example devoutly to be wished upon all (good) series!
For the rest, forget the reviews; buy it! You won't regret it.
on 22 April 2009
There are very few television shows that I follow avidly, and before I watched this, I wasn't sure that it would be one of them. I was thankfully entirely wrong - I was hooked before the first episode had even finished, and after that I faithfully tuned in every week.
It might be impossible to figure out exactly how Pushing Daisies works so well, but it certainly does. It is a wonderful concoction of opposites - the touching moments run parallel with the laugh-out-loud funny ones, and it is at once quirkily dark and relentlessly upbeat, ridiculously silly and incredibly clever. The lead characters are instantly likable, and the relationship between Chuck and Ned is sweet and intriguing from the word "Go", something certainly helped along by the fact that the chemistry between the actors - all of the regulars, in fact, but particularly Lee Pace and Anna Friel - is possibly some of the greatest I've ever seen.
It's a shame that there are no extra features on the boxset, but the nine episodes alone are more than worth it. Come to think of it, it's a far greater shame that there are only nine episodes!
on 15 September 2013
This is one of the best and entertaining TV series I've ever seen.
It may be visually inspired by the "Amelie" movie, but the story is original and extremely funny and quirky.
It has a style of its own.
The direction is topnotch, the actors are excellent.
You can easily see Fuller's (remember "Dead like me", which was also fantastic?) style behind them.
The characters are well drawn, the dialogues are extremely witty, and most of the times, and punningly fast paced.
I suppose that, if I'd seen this series without subtitles, I'd have understood only 70% of the script (I'm not a native speaker)!
The bright colours, the kind of 60's mod clothes of the Anne Friel and Kristi Chenoweth, which sometimes reminds me of the British 60's outstanding classic The Avengers, make the episodes unique and visually extemely enjoyable.
I don't understand why "Pushing Daisies" had an undeserved, inopportune and untimely end of production.
It is really a shame.
I have been eagerly waiting for the Region 2 bluray edition of the second season to be reissued
Now only a US version is available.
on 30 April 2009
The only complaint I could possibly have about pushing Daisies is that it's been cancelled, leaving series 2 on a cliffhanger. Otherwise, it deserves more stars than any Dubai hotel.
on 23 March 2010
Bryan Fuller's 'Pushing Daisies' could be dismissed as merely a frothy, camp, hyper-reality show - well, that's essentially what it is, but you'd be damn wrong to dismiss it.
An immensely entertaining fantasy show, 'Pushing Daisies' is a beautifully aestheticised (literally, a feast for the eyes), beautifully over-plotted, compacted, smartly and sharply written show. It is full of quirk and charm in the tradition of Amelie and the dialogue is so astonishingly quick and packed with one-liners you'll be in stitches. It's a feel-good hour once a week, delighting in the light-hearted and OTT, whilst keeping an edge of dark irony and humour. And ALL the performances are spot-on and so very memorable.
But the real star of this show is Fuller, who should be given a mega-budget and allowed to work his wonder-will wherever he likes.
on 12 March 2013
I bought this product in secret for my girlfriend. She opened it and loved it!
It works on our PAL (English) PS3 with not problems. It's a lovely looking tv program regardless of Blu-ray quality but it just looks incredible in blu-ray. Funnily enough I'm sure the visual style is meant to invoke a sense of indulgence and the audience are meant to feel a greater visual "feast" akin to the pies made in the world.
At the time of ordering this Blu-ray it was approaching Christmas and I remember getting it quite promptly considering all the postage congestions and crappy weather.
Definitely worth the buy. There's nothing wrong with being able to see Lee Pace in HD.
on 2 March 2009
This show is in one word unique. I've never seen anything quite like it.
It is at the same time hilarious and ironic, but it has a point all the way through! I really enjoy wathing it.
It's a shame that the box doesn't have any exstras, otherwise this is a magnificent product.