The relationship between Christina Applegate's Jen and Linda Cardellini's Judy is truly fascinating on their Netflix comedy about grief. "It’s still all too rare for TV to offer an honest, thoughtful representation of a relationship between two women bonding over life’s challenges and disappointments," says Kristen Baldwin. "And yet," she adds, it’s the show that truly undermines these characters. Dead to Me is far less interested in Jen and Judy’s connection than it is in the Big Secret that could destroy it. People say things like 'unless you know something I don’t' and 'you can live in the same house with someone and have no idea what they’re going through'; episodes are peppered with fake-out moments and convenient coincidences that lead Jen to the brink of discovery, only to veer away with a rush of phew-that-was-close cheer...Anyone who has ever seen a TV show can probably guess whether or not the Big Secret gets revealed — which is, of course, another reason it’s so disappointing that this is the thematic hill Dead to Me wants to die on....There’s nothing wrong with wanting a story to have high stakes, but who said grief and healing aren’t high enough?"