* ActorAllusion: Jim Dale, who voices the Narrator, was in ''Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World'' (1973); Digby is the name of Ned's dog.
** Dale was also the villain in ''PetesDragon'', spoofed in the second season episode "[[Recap/PushingDaisiesS2E9TheLegendOfMerleMcQuoddy The Legend of Merle McQuoddy]]".
* UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest: Passes. Chuck and Olive have several conversations about Chuck's aunts, and even besides that they also interact about the crime of the week. Lily and Vivian frequently speak with Olive as well.
* FakeAmerican: Britain's Anna Friel as Chuck. The end credits even make mention of her "dialect coach."
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Chuck's aunts are played by [[Series/{{Lost}} John Locke's mom]] and [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors Audrey]].
** [[Creator/PaulReubens Oscar Vibenius]] is [[PeeWeesPlayhouse Pee Wee Herman]].
** Woolsey Nicholls is [[Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun French Stewart]].
** The 2nd season also includes David Arquette, GinaTorres and George Hamilton.
** Hey, it's [[Series/{{Community}} Jeff Winger]] breeding dogs! And one of his wives is [[Series/{{Reaper}} Nina the demon]]!
** Look, it's [[Series/{{Glee}} Emma Pillsbury]] here to guard over the windmill!
** Hey [[Series/{{LieToMe}} Emily]]! What are you doing running away from Dr. Lightman to join the circus?
** [[{{Wonderfalls}} So, looks like Aaron finally moved out of the house.]]
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Nelix]] is an obnoxious but sweet lawyer. That makes so much sense.
* MethodActing: {{Invoked|Trope}} by FakeAmerican Anna Friel, who played Charlotte "Chuck" Charles. Friel, who is English, took to using her American accent constantly whilst on set, and only dropped it for phone calls from her mother (as it thoroughly annoyed said mother).
* ScheduleSlip: After ABC canceled the show at the end of 2008, the last three episodes of the 2nd season remained unaired until [[GermanTVStations German TV-channel Pro7]] aired them in March 2009. This means the last three episodes of a US show had their world premiere on German television, ''and were not aired in the US until May 30th through June 13th 2009.''
** In the UK the show aired on [=ITV1=], who only had room in their schedule for the usual 8 episodes. Because there are actually 9 in season 1, [=ITV1=] didn't initially air episode 2 at all, with it finally airing on the lesser-watched [=ITV2=] ''after'' the season 2 finale.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Though it was aggressively promoted in its first season, ABC had evidently lost interest by the second season premiere. After a ten-month hiatus plus half a season, all without any promotion for the show, they canceled it, citing low ratings.
** Tragic thing is it won a posthumous Emmy (the series won seven in all, including for Kristin Chenoweth and Barry Sonnenfeld).
*** This trope also applies to how it was handled in Britain; the series was bought by {{ITV}} and unusually for an American import screened in primetime on the flagship [[{{ITV}} ITV1]] channel - most American series currently bought by the channel are either relegated to off-peak slots (like ''InPlainSight'') or shown on their digital offshoots (like ''Series/GossipGirl'') - but the channel held back one episode because it would clash with a World Cup match. For which England failed to qualify. Needless to say, fans weren't happy.
* ShortRunInPeru: The series started and finished the second season in the UK, before the final three episodes were shown in the US.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The series was originally considered as a spin-off of ''Series/DeadLikeMe'', a series also created by ''Pushing Daisies'' creator Creator/BryanFuller.
** ''Pushing Daisies'' itself exists through an interesting ''Dead Like Me'' storyline being rejected. The series, which has grim reaper George helping the nearly-deceased reach the afterlife, originally had an episode where George struggled to collect any souls because somebody was resurrecting them with a touch.
* WordOfGay: According to the writers, whilst there are other people working at the morgue, we only see that one coroner ever because he's the only one who'll let Emerson and Ned in no questions asked, due to having a crush on Emerson.
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