Drop Dead Diva: The Complete Third Season
"Drop Dead Diva" is the unusual comedy-legal drama from Lifetime. The gamble on producing the show paid off, with the third season featuring the best material of the show to date. The initial premise features Deb, an aspiring model who dies in a car crash and is sent back to another body, that of successful lawyer Jane, in a heavenly mix-up. It just so happens that her mourning fiancé Grayson is a lawyer at the same firm. A condition of her arrangement, enforced by her guardian angel Fred, is that she cannot reveal her identity to the fiancé. Confused?
Despite a convoluted premise, the show is a charming and light-hearted take on the legal drama. This season deals with heavier topics, but avoids sacrificing the comedic integrity of the show. While dealing with subjects such as death row, rape, and murder, the show miraculously manages to treat the subjects with dignity without souring an audience used to "Will & Grace"-style antics. Some of that burden goes to the slew of comedians who help the proceedings.
Margaret Cho is a regular in the role of an assistant, but her burden is shouldered by some other comedians throughout this season. Kathy Griffin makes a cameo as an enemy-lawyer's demanding sister, which she plays to full effect in her signature way. But the most sidesplitting cameo of the season goes to Wanda Sykes in the role of a judge deciding an LGBT equality case.
"Drop Dead Diva" is camp without apology. But with loads of heart and a tight plot with a cliffhanger ending, the show manages a light charm completely absent from other legal procedural shows. Niche yet inoffensive, "Diva" is around to stay.
The DVD is completely bare bones, although it does feature English and French subtitles.
"Drop Dead Diva: The Complete Third Season"