(Note From The Editor: This is the first post from new blogger Arelys! Welcome her to the BigDamnGeeks family! Watch out for future posts and a follow up to this one with a Geek Pie Recipe! – Pete)
Pushing Daisies is a quirky, visually stunning show about pie and death that aired on ABC from 2007 to 2009. The style of this show is quite unique with it’s bright, colorful sets, fast-paced dialog, frequent use of alliterations and no defining time period, allowing the show to frequently mix old with new. There were unfortunately only 2 seasons of this wonderfully witty show, which was the brainchild of Dead Like Me creator, Bryan Fuller.
Pushing Daisies tells the story of Ned (played by Lee Pace) who as a child discovered he had the unusual gift of bringing dead things back to life with just the touch of his finger. He realizes this when his dog, Digby, dies after being hit by a truck. Upon finding and touching him, Digby is revived. He learned, however, that his gift had a few
stipulations. The first being that if the dead is brought back for longer than one minute, something, or someone, will die in it’s place. The other stipulation is that while the first touch brings life, the
second touch brings permanent death.
As an adult, Ned became the piemaker and owner of the Pie Hole. Just when business wasn’t going too well for Ned at the Pie Hole, private investigator Emerson Cod (played by Chi McBride) discovers Ned’s gift
and convinces him to use it for profit. They team up to solve mysterious deaths by having Ned touch the victim back to life for one-minute. During that minute they ask about the circumstances
surrounding the death in order to solve the case and collect the reward.
In the pilot episode, which is appropriately named Pie-Lette, Ned and Emerson set out to solve the death of Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (played by Anna Friel), who just so happens to be Ned’s childhood sweetheart. Ned, consumed by unresolved feelings for Chuck, brings her back to life but is unable to bring himself to touch her a second time and thus allows her to be alive again.
The rest of the series follows Ned, Chuck and Emerson bringing back
the dead to solve the mysteries behind various deaths and murders
which are usually quite comical in nature. Besides the trio of P.I.s, Pushing Daisies’ main cast includes Pie Hole waitress Olive Snook (played by Kristen Chenoweth) and Chuck’s agoraphobic aunts, Lily and Vivian, who were formerly known as the synchronized swimming duo, the Darling Mermaid Darlings. The show also features a whole slew of amazing guests stars such as Paul Rubens, Joel McHale, Fred Willard, Paul F. Tompkins, French Stewart and so many more.
Without a doubt my favorite part of Pushing Daises is the visual style. The sets are bright and intricate with a lot of little details. From the Pie Hole’s pie crust roof, to the constant use of geometric
shapes, the props and sets are always eye catching and interesting. The costume design matches the bright sets, with each character having a distinct style. Ned is frequently seen in Chuck Taylors, which I
assume is a little nod to the love of his life, Chuck. While watching Pushing Daisies I am often found proclaiming my adoration for Chuck’s wardrobe, which is another thing I love about the show. Besides my
love for the visuals, there is no denying how much I adore all of the characters and the actors who portray them.
Every episode of Pushing Daisies is a perfect combination of wit and humor mixed with mystery and heart to create a genuinely delightful show that anyone of any age or level of Geek can enjoy. Hopefully I
have encouraged you to check this show out (which is actually available on the Netflix Instant Queue right now) if you haven’t done so already. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!