As of this writing, it’s been 15 years, 17 days, and 21 hours since Pushing Daisies premiered on ABC. The show was part romantic comedy, part murder mystery, and part musical, all liberally sprinkled with a heaping spoonful of sugar, spice, and everything nice.
The story centers on an anxiety-riddled baker named Ned who makes pies and wakes the dead. In childhood, he watched as a truck hit his golden retriever and discovered that he possesses a very odd, special power: Ned can bring corpses back to life with a single touch. His next brush with death happens soon after, as his pie-baking mother dies suddenly when a blood vessel bursts in her brain. Though young Ned revives her with his magic touch, he’s horrified to learn that if he lets the dead live for more than a minute, another living thing in close proximity will perish. The cost of resurrecting his mother is the death of his neighbor—the father of his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles.