TV Show Review – Deadbeat, season 1

Deadbeat, season 1
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: August 26, 2014


WOW…two TV Show reviews in one week? That’s right…thanks to a break in my schedule, I binge-watched THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4 and DEADBEAT this past weekend. I have to tell you: I loved them both. DEADBEAT is a Hulu Original show, and it boasts the talents of the excellent Tyler Labine. I was first introduced to Labine’s work with TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL, which has turned into one of my favorite horror comedies of all time. DEADBEAT is a supernatural comedy that entertains on every level. And while its premise might sound simplistic, nothing about this show is simple.

If you are not familiar with DEADBEAT, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

Kevin Pacalioglu may have no money and no clue, but he can see dead people, so that’s pretty cool. Faced with a constant stream of stubborn spirits, Pac goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help New York City’s most frivolous ghosts finish their unfinished business.

One of the biggest draws for me is Labine’s ability to come across as an everyman…a guy that anyone can relate to, just like the average person on the street. I would bet his actual persona reflects that trait as well, as I could see him being very down to earth in real life.

DEADBEAT is shot well and looks great onscreen. Part of its charm comes from the fact that the premise is overtly simple on the surface. But the rest of its allure comes from the crazy situations that Pac finds himself in over the course of each episode. In the pilot, for example, Pac is petitioned by the ghost of a soldier to consummate his relationship with his girlfriend; apparently, the ghost is still on earth because it feels this has to be done in order to go into the next life. The only kicker is that the soldier is from World War 2, which makes his girlfriend an elderly woman. See where this is going?

The acting in DEADBEAT is excellent with Labine heading up a stellar cast. Brandon T. Jackson, who genre fans will recognize from the PERCY JACKSON film series, plays Pac’s friend/dealer, Roofie. Similarly, Cat Deeley portrays the fake medium Chamomile. Each plays off of the other with superb fluidity, creating believable, albeit dysfunctional, characters.

I highly recommend giving DEADBEAT a look. It’s funny and intelligent, two definite ‘musts’ when it comes to horror comedy. And the show looks like it will only go up from here. I can’t wait to see what craziness ensues for season 2. Check this one out for sure.


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