When Dead to Me premiered on Netflix in March 2019, I doubt the streaming platform had any idea of how successful the show would be.
A dark comedy starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me follows two unlikely friends bound by shared trauma.
Jen (Applegate) is a recently widowed real estate agent trying to come to terms with her loss. Her husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
She meets Judy (Cardellini) in a grief support group with Judy claiming that her fiancé died of a heart attack.
As we quickly come to find out, Judy is actually the hit-and-run driver. Her fiancé isn't actually dead; he just broke up with her.
However, Jen doesn't know that. Instead, she retreats into a dark space, lost and angry over what has happened. With Judy being far more positive, the two become friends, that is until Jen unravels the mystery of her husband's death and Judy's role in it.
Dead to Me Season 2 Recap
Despite all the ups and downs of season 1, we were left with a major cliffhanger – the dead body in the pool. So with that bombshell hanging in the wind, we all waited for Dead to Me season 2 to pick up the story.
Just when we think that Jen may have gotten away with killing Steve, up pops the next-door neighbour with security cam footage of Steve arriving at the house.
To make things worse, Judy and Jen are no longer friends. That is until Steve's twin brother Ben turns up. Looking for answers, he has no idea that the two friends haven't even disposed of the body.
As the season progresses, Jen actually gets close to Ben who is offering a reward for information about Steve. We also meet Steve's pregnant fiancee, and through a whole series of mishaps, Jen finally admits that she killed Steve in anger.
She ultimately reports it to the police, but when the body can't be found, Jen is free to go. And just when everything seems to be going ok, Jen & Judy are in a car accident, hit by a drunk Ben who leaves the scene.
And that takes us to Dead to Me Season 3…
Dead to Me Season 3 – Release Date
The good news is that Netflix has renewed Dead to Me for Season 3. The bad news is that it will also be the last season of the hit show.
It was officially confirmed in July 2020 but a couple of things have happened since which have delayed its production. First up was the pandemic which pushed filming to May 2021. It was delayed further when Christina Applegate confirmed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
That meant filming on Dead to Me season 3 didn't conclude until April 2022.
Given the usual post-production timings, it took a while for the final series date to be confirmed. Thankfully Netflix has now confirmed that Dead to Me Season 3 will air on November 17th 2023.
In the meantime, why don't you check out our list of shows like Dead to Me to keep you going until season 3 drops!
Dead To Me Season 3 What Happens?
Creator Liz Feldman has said that she always knew she didn't want Dead to Me to be a long-running show. In fact, the ending for the show came to her when filming season 2.
But keeping her cards very close to her chest, she hasn't revealed what it is.
The show has wrapped, and everybody's lips are sealed, but we do think it will stick to the format of previous seasons.
It should pick up just after the car accident with Ben trying to ditch the car. Plus we still have the small problem of Steve's body being found by the dog walker. And of course, Charlie (Jen's son) finding the letter that explains when she handed herself in to the police.
So there's still a lot to unpack over the next 10 episodes. But will Jen and Judy get a happy ever after or are their lives going to go up in flames?
Dead to Me Netflix Cast
Christina Applegate as Jen Harding, a widow whose husband Ted was killed by a hit-and-run driver
Linda Cardellini as Judy Hale, who Jen meets at a grief support group. Judy is the person who killed her husband.
James Marsden as Steve Wood, Judy's ex-fiancé and Ben Wood in season 2, Steve's twin brother
Max Jenkins as Christopher Doyle, Jen's business partner and friend
Sam McCarthy as Charlie Harding, Jen's older son
Luke Roessler as Henry Harding, Jen's younger son
Diana-Maria Riva as Ana Perez, the detective in charge of the hit-and-run case
Brandon Scott as Nick Prager, an off-duty police detective whom Judy met at the grieving retreat
Valerie Mahaffey as Lorna Harding, Jen's mother-in-law
Natalie Morales as Michelle (season 2), Ana's ex-girlfriend
Edward Asner as Abe Rifkin, Judy's friend from the retirement home
Suzy Nakamura as Karen, Jen's neighbour