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    • I just binge watched all six episodes of the new Ricky Gervais vehicle 'After Life'.

      It's formulaic Gervais: excruciating discomfort before magnificent redemption, but if you love your partner I suspect that at some point in the watching you'll need to go and hold them close. I sure did.

      There were parts I had to skip because they are just too 'fingernails on blackboard' (true to formula), but there are others that pierce the hardest hearts.

      As to his claim that it's his best work, that's hard to say, but it's worth a look if you if you can deal with his brand of verbal brutality - that serves to enhance and contrast the sweetness of the recovery.

    • I was reading the above about Gervais and the phrase “Dystopian Future Comedy” popped into my brain. I don’t know if it’s a thing but if it is I would want Ricky Gervais to star in it.

    • I just binged this series in less than a day. (More shows need to have less episodes, like the British do. Makes it so much more digestible.) I feel like the cringe humor that Gervais is widely known for is quite muted in this. He's playing an emotionally distraught person dealing with grief and I felt like he did a wonderful job of it. I'd heard that Gervais considers this to be his best work to date and I'd have to say I wholeheartedly agree with him. The story was melancholy, but with a bit of dark humor. While his actions are questionable at times in the series, it makes sense for the character. And there are repercussions to his actions, which makes it all the more realistic. This show has a lot of heart and a wonderful thing to say about life. As they said in the show, 'You don't live on this planet for yourself, but for others.'