The world seems to be an increasingly scary place. The millennium started with apocalyptic Y2K panic and less than a decade later, an entire movie, 2009’s 2012, was built around the idea of the world’s foretold destruction. In 2017, the president’s inauguration speech sounded like a doomsday prophecy.
It only makes sense that the most powerful form of pop culture right now — television — is grappling with our tense times and what may lie beyond. That's why TV is fixated on death and the afterlife. In fact, there’s a show literally called After Life coming to Netflix in early March 2019 that just dropped a new trailer. The Ricky Gervais-starring series premieres less than a month after the debut of Miracle Workers, a TBS comedy about two cogs in the heaven wheel (Daniel Radcliffe and Blockers breakout Geraldine Viswanathan) trying to stop God (Steve Buscemi, natch) from ending the world forever.