Third-episode verdict: Pushing Daisies

The Carusometer for Pushing Daisies0 Anti Caruso

How sweet is your tooth? How much do you like whimsey? Me, I’m pretty sweet-toothed and I’m on first name terms with most of the local squirrels*, but despite all the love and hugs being heaped on it by all and sundry, I’m finding Pushing Daisies just too cloying and sweet. And there are no talking animals.

It’s not that it’s not nice, or well directed, or well written, or well acted, because it’s all of them. It’s a very well made piece of clever television.

It’s simply too much of a fairytale, too much like eating a gallon of caramel in one sitting. Maybe I’m getting on a bit, but the children in The Sarah Jane Adventures seem to have more maturity than the adults of Pushing Daisies, who make Scrubs‘s JD seem like Methuselah. I could maybe watch one of these a month, and they’d all make reasonably good movies. But every week? No thank you, I’m making room for the savoury course.

Of course, sweet things are addictive so I might change my mind. But although there’s a lot of love ?– a lot – going round, I’m just not feeling the love for Pushing Daisies.


All the same, The Medium Is Not Enough has great pleasure in declaring Pushing Daisies is the first ever programme to score a 0 or Anti-Caruso on The Carusometer quality scale. An Anti-Caruso corresponds to “a programme so good that if it were placed in the same room as David Caruso, the two would annihilate each other, leaving behind just the faintest sound of a sigh of pleasure.”

* I probably shouldn’t have shared that with you




  • Jonathan Reed

    I’m currently in love with this show. It’s just so fresh and unusual for a network show.
    However I do agree with Rob that this is very much a show that not everyone will love as much. Not because it’s well written, acted, directed etc. But because you just have to like THAT sort of thing.
    And I don’t think people will know ’til they watch so I encourage everyone to give it a go.
    And also, how great is it to see Anna Friel in a show like this. I know there are lots of Brits over there at the moment but not really any in any stand out shows(House being the exception but it’s on season 4 now. I don’t even mention Michelle Ryan because Bionic Woman is pretty dire and it ain’t doing well in the ratings!).

  • Your opinion always counts for a lot with me, so I appreciate that I would have to be in whimsy mood.
    And yes we are glad you shared the fact of your local squirrel knowledge. Thing is do they know YOUR first name?

  • Squirrels don’t have the best of memories, so they’ve probably forgotten our introductions at the soirée already.

  • Just make sure the squirrels don’t get your PIN number. Rotten little nut-gatherers nearly wiped me out!

  • Fairytale quality, you say? That’ll do me; I’m not all that keen on endless grit.

  • Dooface

    Pushing Daisies is the best show on TV!!! I am literally counting down the days til the season 2 premier. Don’t miss it on Wed Oct 1 at 8/7c.

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