‘Darby And The Dead’ Trailer: A Teen Girl Sees Dead Cheerleaders In Hulu’s Supernatural Comedy

So imagine this: Haley Joel Osment’s character from The Sixth Sense as a teenager burdened with the typical high school problems: fitting in, being popular, etc. Well, that’s sorta what you get from Hulu’s upcoming teen comedy, Darby and the Dead, and this weird mash-up of ideas actually looks like quite a bit of fun.

Riele Downs stars as Darby, a girl who can see dead people and has the responsiblity of helping them move on by rectifying some lingering issue. When the school’s most popular girl dies, she comes to Darby with a proposition. She wants Darby to become popular enough that she can convince the rest of the school to throw the dead girl a “Sweet 17” birthday celebration.

Ridiculous? Well, yeah, and that’s kinda what we’re looking for, right? The cast includes Auli’i Cravalho, Chosen Jacobs, Asher Angel, Wayne Knight, Derek Luke, and Tony Danza, with Silas Howard directing.

Darby and the Dead hits Hulu on December 2nd.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.