4 Reasons Why Pushing Daisies is the Ultimate TV Show for Those Who WaitFebruary 11th, 2013 by Mike
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.
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.