The Best Show on HBO Max Has Murder, Mystery, Kristin Chenoweth and…Pie(?!)

There are very few TV shows that we can watch year after year and not grow tired of the outdated jokes and catchphrases.

Pushing Daisies is one of those exceptions. The series originally premiered on ABC back in 2007 and ran for two not-so-successful seasons. But it’s been making a comeback ever since the old episodes became available for streaming on HBO Max, and we’re not surprised in the slightest.

Pushing Daisies follows Ned (Lee Pace) as he discovers that he can use his sense of touch to bring people back to life. He puts his magical abilities to good use by teaming up with an investigator to help solve murder cases, but things take an interesting turn when he revives his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel). Of course, there’s a major catch: Ned must avoid touching Chuck, or else she’ll return to the dead…for good.

In addition to Pace and Friel, the series also stars Chi McBride (Emerson Cod), Kristin Chenoweth (Olive Snook), Ellen Greene (Vivian Charles), Swoosie Kurtz (Lily Charles), Field Cate (young Ned) and Jim Dale (narrator).

To address the elephant in the room: Yes, it’s been almost 12 years since Pushing Daisies aired its final episode. However, PureWow staffers still consider it a timeless streaming option.

For example, PureWow’s Director of Audience Development Mary D’Alessio recently re-watched it from episode one and called it “such a fun escape.” She continued, “It was a show my whole family would watch together (while I was like secretly swooning over Lee Pace). The colors and the imagery of it all were just perfection.”

Entertainment editor Nakeisha Campbell couldn’t help but agree, adding, “It’s impossible to watch without laughing. It’s quirky, it’s charming, and the budding romance between Ned and Charlotte isn’t so cheesy that it makes you want to cringe.”

Oh, and how could we forget about the star-studded cast list? “I love the murder mystery aspect of the whole thing—with plenty of famous guest stars playing the suspects (and killers) over the course of the two seasons,” said PureWow Executive Editor Philip Mutz.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...