* ActorAllusion: Creator/JimDale, 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]]".
* TheCastShowoff: The producers find ways to use Creator/KristinChenoweth's and Ellen Greene's Broadway cred. (Averted, however, with Raul Esparza, who never gets to show his vocal chops onscreen).
* FakeAmerican: Britain's Creator/AnnaFriel as Chuck. The end credits even make mention of her "dialect coach."
* MethodActing: {{Invoked|Trope}} by FakeAmerican Creator/AnnaFriel, 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).
* RetroactiveRecognition Ares in "Frescorts" moved to [[{{Series/Arrow}} Starling City and became Arsenal.]]
* 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 ''Series/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.
* StarMakingRole: Creator/LeePace got a career boost for starring in this show. Creator/AnnaFriel also received recognition for playing Chuck. While already an acclaimed theater actress, Creator/KristinChenoweth solidified her credentials as a screen actress after winning an Emmy Award for her supporting role.
* TropeNamer: BadHabits.
** TheFunInFuneral.
* 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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