5 reasons to check out Dead Still on Acorn TV right now

Dead Still, Season 1 -- Courtesy of Acorn TV
Dead Still, Season 1 -- Courtesy of Acorn TV /

If you’re looking for another period TV crime drama to check out while broadcast networks are off, you’ll want to turn to Dead Still on Acorn TV.

There are plenty of TV crime dramas to check out while your favorite broadcast offerings are off the air. Acorn TV is one of the best streaming services for top TV crime dramas, and the latest offering is Dead Still.

Set in 1880s Dublin, Dead Still offers a fun ride with various mysteries to work out. It doesn’t follow the traditional tropes of TV crime dramas, offering a soap opera element to the show to add to the entertainment. This is something light to watch for those who love dark comedy.

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Not sure it’s going to be for you? Here are five reasons to check out Dead Still on Acorn TV.

5. There’s plenty of dark humor

If you like dark humor, this is going to be a series for you. Some of the comedic elements include how our photographer brings the dead to life—more alive than they’ve ever looked before! You’ll find yourself giggling from start to finish while following the mysteries that play out.

4. It pokes fun at some of the tropes

There are certainly some tropes used in the first two seasons. However, the show has a habit of poking fun at the tropes. In fact, one of the lines in the premiere episode is about how things are never as obvious as you’d think. The bumbling detective doesn’t just happen to figure things out but turns out to be just a terrible detective.

There are certainly still some ropes. The show uses them to its advantage, bringing a campy element to the period drama. We’ll get onto that in a later point.

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3. It’s more than a murder mystery series

It looks like Dead Still is mostly about a murder mystery, but there’s far more that’s going on. You will have to pay attention to everything. One of those is about a missing photograph plate.

However, the story is a murder mystery, and there’s only one man who can help out. It’s not the bumbling detective!

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2. The characters are awkward and realistic

Most TV crime dramas will offer perfected characters. They’re people who we can inspire to be. Just look at the likes of Gibbs on NCIS or Gil on Prodigal SonDead Still doesn’t offer that.

The characters are awkward and fitting for their roles. They’re realistic, adding a layer of comfort to a show about murder.

The most awkward of all is our lead, Brock Blennerhasset (Michael Smiley). He’s hiding a deeper secret, which is hinted at towards the end of the pilot episode.

1. It’s pure entertainment

Honestly, the show is just entertaining. It’s not the smartest crime drama around, but it’s not trying to be. This is a show that’s funny and dramatic. It’s dark but enjoyable at the same time. Getting the balance right is essential, and that’s exactly what Dead Still does.

The show has a mix of traditional murder mysteries like Queens of Mystery and period TV crime dramas like Ripper Street. There’s a campy element like Penny Dreadful and a serious factor like Murdoch Mysteries. This is a must-watch.

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What are you watching right now? What do you think of Dead Still? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Dead Still airs Mondays on Acorn TV.