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4 Reasons Why Pushing Daisies is the Ultimate TV Show for Those Who Wait

February 11th, 2013 by

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If you’re waiting till marriage and haven’t seen the show Pushing Daisies, I’m about to make the next month of your life a million times happier. Pushing Daisies is the objectively one of the better shows ever on TV (see its many awards), but for those who wait it’s so, so much better. Here are 5 reasons why it has such extra-special appeal for waiters.

#1. Ned and Chuck are in love, but can’t touch


One of the main characters in Pushing Daisies is Ned, the introverted 29-year-old pie maker. Ned has the ability to touch dead things and bring them back to life, but there’s a catch: If he touches them again, they die forever. One touch, back to life. Second touch, dead forever. To Ned and the world of Pushing Daisies, a touch is a powerful thing.

In the first episode of the series, Ned uses his reviving touch to bring back his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte “Chuck” Charles. But now that Ned has touched Chuck once to bring her back, they can never touch again, or Chuck will die forever. That’s an especially big problem, because Chuck and Ned fall deeply in love.

Throughout the entire series, there is a a constant tension between Ned and Chuck’s love for each other and their inability to touch. If you’re waiting till marriage and you’ve been in love before, you know this tension well. You love each other. You want terribly to touch (fully). But you also want to resist.

Like most waiters-till-marriage do in relationships, Chuck and Ned enthusiastically find ways around the touch problem. But for the most part, their love is conveyed in different, non-physical ways. Their intimacy and affection is 90% mental and 10% physical, and that’s easy to pick up on in the show.

#2. They spend their lives alone until meeting each other


There’s another tragic catch to Ned’s magical touch: If he brings someone back to life, but doesn’t make them dead again within 60 seconds, someone else in the vicinity will drop dead in their place. Ned discovers this tragically in childhood, and it traumatizes him. Aside from his trusty dog Digby, he has spent his whole life alone (except for a business partner and a girl who works for him at the pie shop), afraid to touch anyone.

Chuck, for her part, was raised by her socially anxious aunts who refused to go outside the house. Instead of having a life of her own, Chuck remained home to take care of her aunts, and occupied her time by reading books and learning languages.

When Chuck and Ned reunite at age 28, their love for each other brings them both out of their respective comfort bubbles for the first time. In a sense, their lives truly start at age 28 when they find each other. If you’re waiting, you can probably relate to the idea that your life won’t really begin until you find the person that you will marry. It’s a slightly unhealthy attitude, for sure, but most waiters share it, and Pushing Daisies indulges it all the way.

#3. They’re completely monogamous.


Note: This section contains the most spoilers.

So many TV shows rely on frequent breakups to inject drama into the episode plots. Couples in other shows are constantly breaking up, falling for other people, getting back together, and going on breaks (e.g., Ross and Rachel on Friends). But not Chuck and Ned. Spoiler: They make it, and don’t break up.

Although the issues surrounding Chuck and Ned’s relationship often come up (e.g., Wouldn’t it be better to be with somebody you could touch? Why is Chuck risking her life to stay in the vicinity of Ned?), ultimately their adoring commitment to each other wins out.

Whatever fantastic adventures arise in the world of Pushing Daisies, Chuck and Ned face them as a couple. There is a  palpable “two against the world” feel in Pushing Daisies that I think every waiter-till-marriage will appreciate.

Also, a magical thing happens when you tell TV show writers that they can’t depend on a million breakups, flings, and reunions to drive the plot: They actually start writing unique stories.

#4. They meet at an older age.

Fortunately, the first episode of Pushing Daisies is pretty precise about their ages, down to the minute.

This is kind of a minor point, but I think it’s something else that makes Pushing Daisies special. The older you get, the more being single starts to mess with you (and that’s doubly true for those who wait until marriage to have sex).

According to most Hollywood stories, you’re supposed to meet your first big love in your teens or early twenties. In Pushing Daisies, Chuck and Ned are both nearly 30-years-old when they find love for the first time, and it works out fantastically for them. There’s something hopeful in that, especially if you’re a little on the older side yourself.

Where to watch Pushing Daisies

If you have Amazon Prime (protip: Amazon Prime is half-price for students, and totally worth it), you can watch both seasons of Pushing Daisies for free right now on Amazon Prime Instant video.

Pushing Daisies isn’t currently available on Netflix Instant (though it used to be), but they do have the DVDs so you can add them to your Netflix Que.

Also, iTunes has every episode, but if you’re going to spend the money to buy every episode, it’ll actually be cheaper to sign up for Amazon Prime, watch Pushing Daisies for free, then continue enjoying all the other benefits of Amazon Prime for another year.

11 Responses to “4 Reasons Why Pushing Daisies is the Ultimate TV Show for Those Who Wait”

  1. loyalhero90 says:

    I’ve never seen this show before but I will now! It sounds so cute!

  2. Scarlet_Rose says:

    Oh Pushing Daisies is a cute and quirky program, I only saw the first few episodes but it was so lovely. It has that feelgood feeling about it.

  3. Bethany says:

    I loved this show and I was sad when it was canceled. I’m glad this was posted today. Number 5 really hit home for me I’ve been struggling a lot lately with being older , one year away from 20, and not having found my lifelong partner. I know it’s just a show , but every now and then I need a reminder that love happens and is found after 22.

  4. Kirsten says:

    Disclaimer: Pushing Daisies is my favorite show of all time. I in no way wish to insult this program, but merely wish to suggest that while I do enjoy this concept, I see a few flaws.
    1. Season 1, Episode 6: Bitches- Ned has a sex dream about Chuck who then morphs into Olive showing that, given the opportunity, they would not remain chaste.
    2. Season 2, Episode 4: Frescorts- Chuck comes to Ned’s door wearing nothing but a king-sized duvet wrapped around her. She then drops the duvet exposing herself to Ned. It is clear that while Ned and Chuck have the limitation of touch, they have far from an inon-physical relationship.
    3. Season 1, Episode 7: Smell of Success- We do actually know that Ned is not a virgin. In this episode, Ned, Chuck, and Emerson are recalling previous romances and Ned mentions an unfortunate encounter with having “intimate relations on a bearskin rug.”

  5. Mike says:

    @Kirsten – I think you’ve out-fanboy’d me. Well done haha. I’ve removed the virginity speculation section thanks to your 3rd point (forgot about that bearskin rug reference).

    As for 1 & 2, I kind of covered that with the line “Like most waiters, Chuck and Ned enthusiastically find ways around the touch problem.” I never really meant to imply that they don’t have their own kind of physical relationship, but more that the show focuses on the other facets of their affections for each other.

  6. Candice says:

    I loved this show when it came out!! I was so bummed when it got cancelled. I believe that Chiller (the network) is going to be airing the show again 🙂

  7. WanderingWashingtonian says:

    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    Um, I mean, you know, that show is pretty cool…

    I was so sad when it was canceled. It was always a highlight in my week!

    Nice article!

  8. April says:

    Sounds like a very lovely show, I can’t wait to watch it. I’m sure I’ll love it.

  9. charlotte says:

    @ Bethany… Oh honey youre SO young I was a little shocked at your implication that after 22 you fear love will never happen. A note for all who are waiting; do what feels right to you but as long as you respect yourself enough to wait until youre in love then you dont have to take the outdated religious prose of waiting until your wedding night. Think..would this person make a good mother/father?? And do i want that w them? If not its probably better not to have sex.
    For the record…chuck and ned met as children not as adults.

  10. IAmLoisLane says:

    I also want to add to Kirsten’s note that they also didn’t fall in love when they were nearly 30. They are pretty well established from the first episode as childhood sweethearts who were tragically torn apart by Ned’s dad/his mother’s death at the age of 9 or 10.
    That said, I can see an argument that isn’t true love, but does fall into the idea that in, “…most Hollywood stories, you’re supposed to meet your first big love in your teens or early twenties.” (Or in this case earlier.) So just clarifying for people who’ve not seen.
    This show is amazing, definitely worth the watch, and I love that it’s the basis of this article. 🙂

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