“Drop Dead Diva” is a show on Lifetime that can be seen every Sunday at 9pm. They just started airing their 5th season, but the past 4 seasons of the show are all on DVD to get you up to speed with the story. If you have never seen the “Drop Dead Diva” before, it is about an aspiring model named Deb that is killed in a car crash and somehow gets reincarnated into the body of a smart plus-sized lawyer named Jane Bingum (Brooke Elliott). Along with her assistant, Teri (Margaret Cho), her friends, and her guardian angels, Jane has to both solve and win cases for her firm while trying to maintain a normal life regardless of her unusual circumstances. Shakefire had the chance to review the fourth season of the show and overall I had mixed feelings about both the show and the fourth season.
I had never seen any episodes of “Drop Dead Diva” before, but heard lots of good things about it. Growing up in a home where my mom loved her courtroom dramas and having seen many similar shows, “Drop Dead Diva” seemed like it had an interesting twist that would set it apart from the other courtroom shows on TV. The cases were different and interesting, but the show felt too lighthearted to be taken seriously. The twist was different and the overall tone of the show was more upbeat and fun, but felt like it added more unnecessary drama out of the courtroom. The writing and the dialogue was pretty good, but the show did not appeal to me as much as I would have originally thought. Jane and Teri are my favorite characters and make the show what it is while the rest of the cast felt disposable.
I do love the cameos and the guest appearances, but still felt there was something missing in the show. I gave the show a try, but do not feel it is something I would watch again. My mom likes the drama, realism, and seriousness that this show lacks and would not recommend “Drop Dead Diva” to her. However, if you are looking for a lighthearted courtroom drama, this may be the show for you. I do give them credit for trying something new in a genre that is overdone and aging, but the show's uniquness was also its weakness. For those reasons, I am giving “Drop Dead Diva: The Complete Fourth Season” a “C+.”