“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

That’s the sentence I keep repeating to myself whenever I see Mandy Patinkin on TV. I can’t help it – I’ve got the script from The Princess Bride pretty much ingrained in me because… well, it’s awesome.

Today’s post isn’t about Inigo Montoya, but it is about Mandy Patinkin. Before he was starring in Homeland and even before he was in Criminal Minds, he was in a very little known TV show called Dead Like Me. It was only on air on Showcase for two seasons, but it gained somewhat of a cult-like following that was actually big enough for it to get not one… but two movies.

This show follows the life – or rather, afterlife – of Georgina Lass (call her George). She’s a college dropout from Seattle with zero aspirations to be anything more than what she is. That is until her first day at lunch on her temp job… she’s killed by a toilet seat from the MIR space station. Upon death, George gets recruited for a team of grim reapers – led by Inigo Montoya. I mean, Mandy Patinkin. Along with fellow team members Mason, Roxy, Betty, and leader Rube, George discovers life after life.

If you watch the show, the backdrop is fairly obvious to local Vancouverites. Quite a few of the scenes were shot at UBC, Yaletown, Tinseltown and various other parts of East Vancouver. I also recall walking by them filming in Richmond Centre and wondering what they were filming for. One of the crew members told me about the show… and that’s how my curiosity was piqued.

I wasn’t able to source a lot of background shots, as I do not own seasons 1 or 2 on DVD (nor do I have a copy of it on any other format), but I was able to dig up these shots…

Photo credit: Dead Like Me Movie.com

Photo credit: AJ Cook.com

Photo credit: AJ Cook.com

Dead Like Me aired from 2003 to 2004 on the Showcase network. It stars Ellen Muth as Georgina Lass, Laura Harris as Daisy Adair, Callum Blue as Mason, Jasmine Guy as Roxy Harvey, Cynthia Stevenson as Joy Lass and Mandy Patinkin as Rube Sofer. Dead Like Me: The Complete First Season is available on Amazon, and so is season 2.

Lesley Chang is an avid TV watcher who has always had a fascination with Vancouver being used as the backdrop of many TV shows and films. Follow her on Twitter at @LesleyChang.