I really enjoyed season one of “Dead to Me.” The performances were fantastic and the underlying mystery was well constructed.
The quality of the performances carries over to season two–Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are excellent–but the story is driven by coincidences rather than structure. June dates the daughter of a woman living in the retirement home where June works, and that new love interest is the ex-partner and current roommate of the detective investigating June! Steve has an identical twin brother! There’s lots of that stuff.
I found I enjoyed the show more when I viewed it as a soap opera rather than awards bait. It’s silly, but well made. Season three is poised to be even more ridiculous, but if I accept that going in I think I’ll enjoy it for what it really is.