“I have not stopped crying all day. Thanks for the recommendation!”
This was the greeting my friend offered me when I popped over for a coffee yesterday afternoon.
You see, I’ve been raving about After Life by Ricky Gervais for weeks. My friend asked for Netflix recommendations to kill time over the recent rash of public holidays, and I quickly suggested she dive into this series.
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“After Life is excellent. You have to watch After Life. YOU HAVE TO WATCH AFTER LIFE!”
It’s been my catchphrase of sorts since I binged the full season in one sitting, and for good reason. It’s an absolutely brilliant series that tackles grief, love and loss from a very unique perspective.
If you’re not convinced it’s worth a shot – and I do understand that a show about grief isn’t a “hot sell”! – here are 3 compelling reasons to watch After Life this weekend:
1. It’s really bloody funny.
It stars Ricky Gervais as a desperately sad, suicidal widower who, driven by grief and with no will to live, has lost his filter. He says what he wants, even if that means calling a child a See You Next Tuesday. (To be fair, kid had it coming…!)
2. It’s short.
It’s only 6 episodes so you can whiz through it in one night, and you won’t inflict your dreams with the gore and madness that comes with binging Game of Thrones or Westworld before bed.
3. It makes you feel things.
This show impacts people in a way that can’t quite be described. It is heart wrenching, devastating, subtle and so perfectly, beautifully acted. You’ll be laughing ‘til you’re crying in the absurd moments, but then in the next quiet scene you’re wiping tears from your cheeks that you didn’t even realise you’d spilled.
Gervais says he’s “never had a reaction like this before” to any show he’s produced before.
“Now I have to make sure the second season is even better so I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really,” he says.
Annoying for him, perhaps, but fantastic news for us.
Season 2 is in pre-production and due to premiere on Netflix early next year, with 6 more episodes slated.