Amber West and I are taking this week’s Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in a different direction. Courtesy of Netflix, many people don’t watch live television anymore, and we’re suggesting a few series that are definitely worthy of queuing up!
The series begins with recent college graduate, Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), searching frantically for an internship hoping to get into medical school. Most of the good placements have already been filled, so Tru takes the only job she can find – at the morgue.
As if working with the dead isn’t daunting enough, Tru must deal with the bodies temporarily awakening and asking for her help. The very second she receives one of these requests, Tru’s day resets and she must race to figure out exactly what these souls are trying to tell her.
Mostly, when Tru’s day starts over, she tries desperately to stop the untimely deaths of those asking for her help, but messing with fate always has its consequences.
Trying to manage her daily resets and keep her secret from friends and family, Tru also battles constant struggles with her irresponsible brother, Harrison (Shawn Reaves), her drug-addict sister, Meredith (Jessica Collins, The Young and the Restless), and her boyfriend Luc (Matt Bomer, White Collar), while trying to lead a normal life.
Despite the chaos, Tru tries to stay grounded with the help of her best friend, Lindsey (A.J. Cook from Criminal Minds), and her boss at the morgue, Davis (Zach Galifinakis from The Hangover). Davis may just be Tru’s biggest rock throughout the series, even if he’s a bit odd and awkward.
Jason Priestly (the original 90210) joined the cast midway through season one as Jack Harper; his primary focus – stop Tru and restore fate.
Typical of shows on Fox, Tru Calling was cancelled before answering all of the ongoing storylines. This show will always live on my “gone too soon” list, and I proudly own both seasons on DVD. One of the writers, Doris Egan, shared the remaining story arc in a two-part series via her Livejournal blog. Without giving away any spoilers, the viewers learn all about Tru’s parents and Tru and Jack’s mentors.
Egan’s Tru Calling Part One
Egan’s Tru Calling Part Two
Tru Calling earns a MacTV rating – pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, turn off the lights, spark up a candle, and watch episode after episode like a guilty pleasure.
I hope you especially enjoy a few of my favorite episodes, but before you get started, check out the theme song (Full Blown Rose’s “Somebody Help Me”) for just a tiny taste of what’s ahead.
“Murder in the Morgue”
“Two Weddings and a Funeral”
“In the Dark”
Season two also introduced a few familiar faces as recurring characters: Liz Vassey (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) played Dr. Carrie Allen (nothing is ever as it seems – remember!) and Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles) played Jensen Ritchie, Tru’s love interest.
If you don’t have a Netflix account, don’t worry! Occasionally, SyFy airs a daily marathon of Tru Calling.
Do you subscribe to Netflix? Did you watch Tru Calling? Are you an Eliza Dushku fan? What would you do if the dead asked for your help? If your days could reset, would you race against the clock to change fate, or leave things as they were? What are a few of your favorite TV series gone too soon? I’d love to hear from you!
Now click over to Amber’s blog and see why she recommends you queue up the science fiction hit – Firefly.
Come back next week for another Netflix edition as Amber and I review a few more series worth a queue.
Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future. We’re currently working on our August and September schedules and would love to chat with you!
A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:
GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech