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A “Hulu Original” Review

March 18, 2014


I recently had the honor of viewing one of Hulu’s original series’, titled Deadbeat. It’s a half-hour comedy about a slacker (All the new shows seem to be about slackers. Can’t we come up with an original lead character?), who happens to have the ability to see dead people. I know what you’re thinking, but Bruce Willis has nothing to do with this one. At least I don’t think he does. Danny DeVito does, but not Bruce Willis.

So the premise is that Kevin, played by Tyler Labine (you’d know him if you saw his face. He’s a character actor that has played several flunky roles on short-lived TV shows.), lives a simple life as a low-rent drug user who occasionally helps people rid their homes of ghosts. How does he do that? Well, he doesn’t have Proton Pack or a Containment Unit. He’s not a Ghost Buster. What he has is the ability to listen and help the ghosts achieve their unfinished business, because (according to the show’s premise) that’s the only reason a ghost doesn’t move on… unfinished business.

After watching a preview of the pilot episode, I’ve decided to share my thoughts about the show with you. If you’d rather make up your own mind, you can skip down to the end of my review, click the link and watch. Or you read my review and watch it anyway. I won’t give away any spoilers, so don’t worry about that. This is just an opinion piece.

The show started off a bit slow, but that’s expected from pilot episode. Pilot episodes have to introduce the characters, the plot, and the setting. Regardless, a comedy should present at least two jokes every minute. They don’t always have to be in the form of a set-up followed by the knockdown. They can be simple one-liners, but they should always at least make your audience smile. The show didn’t elicit even a smile from me until near the end. It did, at that point however, deliver a couple of “laugh out loud” moments. The ending left me feeling a little let down. It kind of felt incomplete, but not in a “cliff-hanger” kind of way. It just seemed to end abruptly.

The show gave me a modicum of entertainment. It has a decent premise and it gives an original twist on an old story. It does have possibilities. I think it’s worth a watch and I will watch a couple of more episodes before deciding whether or not it’s worth investing any more of my time. Follow the link below and judge for yourself. Please feel free to come back and leave your own review. I’d love to hear what you think.

Deadbeat Pilot Episode:

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