Christina Applegate wears a black top and looks at something offscreen. In the background is what appears to be medical equipment.


The Emmy nominee bids farewell to her character, Jen Harding, with the third and final season of Dead to Me.

17 May 20233 min read

Christina Applegate was just a few months old when she made her television debut as Baby Burt Grizzell on Days of Our Lives. Since then, she has become a household name for her hilarious and tenacious work onscreen, with turns in beloved series such as Jesse and Samantha Who? and with her decade-long role as Kelly Bundy on Married with Children. With her work in the films The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Bad Moms, Applegate further cemented herself in the pantheon of comedic performers, bringing hilarity and humanity to every character she embodied. 

Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate drive in a light blue car against a green screen.

Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate

In Dead to Me, created by writer Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls), Applegate explores the power of friendship, grief, and forgiveness as Jen Harding, a role that has earned her Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. In its third and final season, Jen navigates  her best friend Judy’s (Linda Cardellini) cancer scare, an unexpected pregnancy, and a complicated new relationship, all while dealing with the guilt and shame of killing Judy’s abusive fiancé Steve (James Marsden). Applegate says goodbye to Jen and Dead to Me with a heartbreaking and humorous turn, the kind of sharp, sensitive, and ultimately singular performance we have come to know and love from the actor.