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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2019
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Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

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  • Summary: After the death of his wife, Tony (Ricky Gervais) contemplated suicide before deciding to say and do anything he wants, no matter the consequences, to punish the world in this dark comedy created, directed and produced by Gervais.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. 100
    Throughout the six-episode season, we see Tony slowly cope with his pain. The process is done so organically that it feels authentic. But what makes this series truly memorable is how brilliantly Ricky Gervais injects humor into such complex subject matter. Touching, poignant and humorous, this is some of the comedian’s best work yet.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Feb 26, 2019
    91
    Gervais has sketched a predictable arc for his character, but Tony’s transition over the course of After Life’s six episodes is nonetheless heartfelt and moving.
  3. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 28, 2019
    90
    Unexpectedly moving. [4-17 Mar 2019, p.11]
  4. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Mar 6, 2019
    60
    There’s something to the idea here of accepting how all consuming grief can be, but that message gets lost when the show indulges Tony’s aggressive unpleasantness as much as it does. The turning point comes when someone finally goes ahead and calls Tony out to his face. ... The show and Tony alike turn a welcome corner--but it’s still impossible to tell how self-aware this evolution is on Gervais’ part.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 4, 2019
    58
    After Life plays like an odd vanity project.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Mar 7, 2019
    50
    Kudos to Gervais for trying something contextually different from his past TV work, but all the pieces don’t quite fit together in this puzzle.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Mar 6, 2019
    25
    As a meaningful meditation on grief, After Life is dead on arrival. As a comedy, it’s good only for a few passing chuckles. It wants so badly to be both comedy and drama--to be both funny and touching--that it fails pretty spectacularly at both.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Mar 9, 2019
    10
    This show is brillant: humane, funny, non banal.

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  2. Mar 10, 2019
    10
    Loved it. It's a really nice show. i don't get why the critics here are bashing the show. I mean one "critic" gave it a 25 out of a 100Loved it. It's a really nice show. i don't get why the critics here are bashing the show. I mean one "critic" gave it a 25 out of a 100 score... 25?! Means that it's one of the worst shows he has ever seen. That isn't the case at all. I think it's a really lovely show. You will binge watch it and enjoy it. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2019
    10
    The reviewers who gave it a negative review must be on heroin. Literally, the best thing he has done in years perfectly nails grief. Had meThe reviewers who gave it a negative review must be on heroin. Literally, the best thing he has done in years perfectly nails grief. Had me in tears. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2019
    9
    This is touching and funny. That rare blend of a character drama/comedy. Ricky Gervais does it again!
  5. Mar 15, 2019
    8
    Gervais blurs the lines between drama and comedy well with this show and I found myself really enjoying the journey that his character takesGervais blurs the lines between drama and comedy well with this show and I found myself really enjoying the journey that his character takes as the season progresses. And as he continues to kind of find himself and finds peace, He breaks out of that cynical shell his character starts in and slowly learns how to live again after his wife passes.

    It's a brilliant show and I'm glad I watched it. Can't wait for season 2.
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  6. Mar 16, 2019
    7
    This was a completely new experience for me. The show documents depression perfectly with scenes where its uncomfortably sad and switching itThis was a completely new experience for me. The show documents depression perfectly with scenes where its uncomfortably sad and switching it up with good humor. When i say good humor i really mean it plus it does not have an annoying laugh track! Expand
  7. Mar 17, 2019
    0
    Ricky Gervais struggles to perform his schtick in the 2019 social climate where blurting out the C word every 5 minutes and making fun of fatRicky Gervais struggles to perform his schtick in the 2019 social climate where blurting out the C word every 5 minutes and making fun of fat people would get him deplatformed and depersonned so he has to flip flop back and forth between the C-word and fat shaming then woe is me tiresome "muh dead wife" plot to try and enable him to do his offensive 2010 act in 2019, not to mention his act of a man in despair is completely unrealistic, just think he's been a celebrity so long that he can't even imagine how miserable a person can get like his idea is about 4 empty beer bottles around the house, like has he even seen an alcoholic before. Expand

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