After Life: Season 1 (2019)

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Season 1
After Life

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After Life's first season teeters tonally between dark comedy and affecting drama, but Ricky Gervais' poignant performance illuminates new sides of the actor's talent.

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Critic Ratings: 42

93%

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User Ratings: 694
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Episodes

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019
2
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
3
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
4
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
5
Air date: Mar 8, 2019
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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

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Critic Reviews for After Life Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13)

Ricky Gervais at his best. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll make strange noises doing both at the same time while watching this dark comedy.

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Gervais the actor is failed by the writer and not shown to best advantage by the director. The performance isn't enough, and its strengths underline the inadequacies found elsewhere.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the problems with "After Life" is that we can see the full arc of that Scrooge story line long before it arrives. The predictability doesn't ruin the series, which can be quickly consumed in three hours.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

After Life does come across as Gervais' most autobiographical work to date, but the writer, director, and star actually tells a sweet, earnest story about learning when and why to shut the hell up.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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After Life is a strange mixture, both harsh and cloying, but the awkwardness frequently translates into belly-busting mirth.

Mar 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I think it's fine, even helpful, to make jokes about death and depression. But for such gags to work, there has to be a certain veracity, an emotional truth that's conspicuous by its absence here.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

This is self-pity as comedy, a philosophical thought bubble by way of plot.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

But After Life made me laugh at least four times an episode, and I felt that here was a genuine, rather brave and quite decent attempt to portray true, hopeless grief on screen.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

While the destination may be incredibly predictable, the journey is more than worth the ride thanks to a script that is in equal parts both funny and surprisingly humane.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Nothing replaces the experience, and the stories that are not based on it are, by force, very poor and cheesy. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

You can imagine my disappointment that his new series, After Life, isn't...too bad.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

A dark comedy with outstanding performances. [Full review in Spanish]

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After Life: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    I can't believe it has ~70% fresh from critics. It should be 90+% all around. Ricky Gervais is not just funny, he is beautifully dramatic and touches this viewer in a way I never imagined. Please please do more TV like this, so people can see there is hope and laughter after tragedy.
  • Oct 24, 2019
    It really pulled on the heartstrings, and the dark comedy aspect of it was incredibly dark, and incredibly funny. Gervais is to be applauded, again.
  • Oct 12, 2019
    Quite lovely .... kind hearted .... laughter here and there .... watch it
  • Sep 19, 2019
    Sad and funny at the same time, great piece by Ricky
  • Sep 05, 2019
    Heart breaking one moment then hysterically laughing through the tears moments later - Ricky's best work so far.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    The conclusion is not believable. He is suddenly cured of depression with the help of all the people who care so much about him. Yet he doesn't even try to help the homeless man. But we're not supposed to care about him, are we?
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Are you all watching the same show?? IT tries to be like so many British productions such as love actually, "cute", weird dialogue noone in England actually uses. Written and directed by, of course.. himself, the comdey is old and tired, like the character. Self indulgent and depressing.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    After Life is a hopeful perspective on hopelessness, a beautifully written dramedy about grief, depression and trying to find a minimum of meaning in this pointless existence we're all thrown in. Would've been a perfect show without the pathetic last episode that tries to wrap up the complex matters of the season in a kind of euphemistic and simplifying way.
  • Jul 30, 2019
    A great cast and solid execution can't make up for the fact that there aren't many laughs and the concept isn't novel. There are good moments, and there are even funny moments, but mostly it's a story of a narcissist begging for a pity-party while insisting he just wants to be left alone, then just deciding he's lonely and completely brushing aside that he helped a person commit suicide. In the end, like the main character, the viewer just shrugs and moves on.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    A rare, honest portrayal of grief. Tony isn't the classic television person with a broken heart and it's refreshing to see. It's actually funny; yes you can tell the ending coming... but honestly if I couldn't, could I bear to watch?

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