After Life focuses on Tony (Gervais) who has had a seemingly perfect life. After his wife Lisa (Derek star Kerry Godliman) dies, things change. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. It sounds a lot like Gervais’s real-life persona minus the morbid motivation.
In this fictional world, Tony treats his ‘ability’ to not care about anyone else like a superpower, but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.
Rounding out the cast are Tom Basden (who worked with Gervais on David Brent: Life on the Road), Tony Way, David Bradley, and Ashley Jensen (who played Maggie in Gervais’ Extras).
Gervais in real life frequently faces criticism for offending people, most recently when Twitter dug up the widely promoted 2011 HBO special Talking Funny which featured Gervais and Louis C.K. using the n-word with fellow comedian Chris Rock. His work frequently involves commentary about his own controversies, as shown in his 2018 Netflix special Humanity where he did jokes about his controversial material from hosting the Golden Globes.
After Life will run for six episodes and is available for streaming on Netflix on March 8.