1.First, creator Liz Feldman's own experiences — a sudden death, her fertility journey, and turning 40 — inspired the show.
2.In fact, Liz pitched the idea for Dead to Me only a week after turning 40, her cousin dying on her birthday, and learning two of her BFFs were pregnant, while she was struggling to conceive.
3.Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini didn't know each other before filming began — after they were both hired, they had lunch together and instantly became great friends.
4.The scene where Jen and Judy get high on the beach was one of the first scenes they filmed — in-between takes, Christina and Linda would stay under the blanket and get to know each other, just like Jen and Judy.
5.Christina and Linda grew extremely close while filming, so after they would film a scene, the crew would continue filming and just let the two of them improv.
6.Eight of the 10 episodes in Season 1 were directed by a woman — also the writers' room was comprised of six women.
7.Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are executive producers on the show — there's even a subtle nod to Anchorman, which Will, Adam, and Christina worked on.
8.Dead to Me marks Christina's first leading role on a TV series in seven years (she last starred on Up All Night) — in fact, creator Liz Feldman had to convince her to come out of "semi-retirement."