Darby and the Dead: Plot, Cast, Release Date and More

Darby and the Dead: Plot, Cast, Release Date and More

If you like high school dramas, then Darby and the Dead is probably going to be your next pick, but let us warn you, this isn’t like any other high school show that you have seen before. Imagine you’re in school, trying to live a normal life, but something about you is different from everyone else, and we don’t just mean colored hair or piercings. Darby is going through something similar and things are about to get a lot more complicated for her, but will this finally help her become popular?

Several streaming services have tried to perfect the recipe for a successful high school teen drama because let’s face it, people from all age groups love it! Darby and the Dead manage to tick off every box and beyond, and we’re excited to tell you more about it. So, here’s everything you need to know about Darby and the Dead, from the plot to the cast, to the release date and much more:

What is the Plot of Darby and the Dead?

Darby and the Dead revolves around a high school student, Darby Harper. After going through a traumatic experience that almost kills her, Darby is granted an ability, which sets her apart from all her peers. The ability that Darby is granted is both a boon and a bane, she can see dead people, communicate with them, and also help them pass over to the other side. Darby spends most of her time helping her dead friends aka the spirits by becoming a medium of sorts, and amidst all this, her social life at school with all the alive kids takes a toll for the worst.

The Plot of Darby and the Dead

Darby is a social outcast, and one particular cheerleader, Capri, has it out for Darby all the time. Things change when Capri passes away in a freak accident, just before her 17th birthday. You’d think this meant Darby was finally rid of Capri bullying her, but that’s far from the truth. Now, Darby can see and talk to Capri, and Capri has one final wish before she passes over to the other side, which is Darby throwing Capri’s 17th birthday party, one last hurrah. Capri and Darby try and work together to make this happen, but will Darby succeed? Or in the process, will Darby lose her identity and get caught up in living a life like Capri’s? it’s only a matter of time before we find out.

The Cast of Darby and the Dead

Darby and the Dead will have several cast members, some main, and the rest supporting. Since it’s a high school drama, the cast will be packed with students, teachers, and parents, all helping drive the narrative forward. The two main characters of Darby and the Dead are, of course, Darby and the dead, aka Capri. The role of Darby will be played by Riele Downs, the Canadian actress who has previously appeared in movies like The Gabby Douglas Story (2014), Tiny Christmas (2017), and The Best Man Holiday (2013). The role of Darby’s archnemesis turned ghost, Capri will be played by Auli’i’ Cravalho, whom you might have previously seen in All Together Now (2020) and Crush (2022). It will be interesting to see how these two girls bounce off each other on screen!

The Cast of Darby and the Dead

Other than Darby and Capri, there will be several other supporting cast members which include Asher Angel, Genneya Walton, Derek Luke, Tony Danza, and Wayne Knight amongst others. It will be interesting to see the roles these cast members will play and more importantly, will their characters by dead or alive. There are some big names in the cast, like Tony Danza, which makes everyone curious about the capacity in which he will star in Darby and the Dead.

When and Where Can You Watch Darby and the Dead?

Hulu has been one of the underrated streaming platforms which has often been overshadowed by the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. However, Hulu has released some brilliant movies and TV shows, and they’re about to add Darby and the Dead to their roster. Darby and the Dead will release during the holiday season on the 2nd of December. So if you need a break from the rom-com season, Darby and her dead friends have got you covered! The movie will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu, so now is the time to get your subscription! Since Hulu is owned by Disney, it is possible that Darby and the Dead might stream on Disney+ in other regions, although this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.

Is There a Trailer for Darby and the Dead?

The official trailer for Darby and the Dead was recently released by Hulu and it is everything we hoped for. In the trailer, we see Darby often breaking the fourth wall and talking to the camera, which will be an interesting twist and something that is often not seen in teen dramas.

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There are several funny moments, along with a possibility of an unlikely friendship between Darby and Capri. It will be interesting to see how their story pans out, and whether or not Darby will successfully be able to throw Capri’s 17th birthday party!


Darby and the Dead is making way for new and exciting plots in a genre that has been around for a long time, whether or not they succeed is still the question, but we do have a good feeling about this! Make sure you grab your friends and stream Darby and the Dead as soon as it releases on the 2nd of December, and do let us know in the comments what you think about it!

Deepti Chadha
Deepti Chadha

Deepti is a prolific content writer for OpenMediaHub who specializes in movies, tv shows, and web series, along with occasional reviews. Her interests lie in watching different genres and reading comics books, although her main passion is writing for as long as she remembers.

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