It premiered on 8 March 2019 on Netflix. The second collection premiered on 24 April 2020. On 6 May 2020, Netflix in addition to Ricky Gervais reached a brand-new multi-project deal that included the resurgence of After Life for a third collection.
After Life sticks to Tony, whose life is shocked after his partner dies from breast cancer cells. He considers self-destruction, yet instead picks to live sufficient time to punish the world for his partner's casualty by declaring in addition to doing whatever he desires. Although he thinks about this as his “superpower”, his strategy is weakened when every person around him attempts to make him a far better individual. It is embeded in the imaginary community of Tambury, where Tony functions as a reporter at the neighborhood complimentary paper, the Tambury Gazette.
- Ricky Gervais as Tony Johnson, head of attribute tales at the neighborhood paper, the Tambury Gazette. Following the fatality of his better half, he is clinically depressed and also self-destructive
- Tom Basden as Matt, Tony's brother-in-law and also boss of the Tambury Gazette
- Tony Way as Lenny, photographer at the Tambury Gazette
- Diane Morgan as Kath, the newspaper's advertising employee
- Mandeep Dhillon as Sandy, a newly hired journalist
- Michelle Greenidge as Valerie, the Tambury Gazette receptionist
- Ashley Jensen as Emma, a nurse working at Tony's dad's nursing home
- David Bradley as Ray Johnson, Tony's dad, who has dementia and also lives in a nursing home
- Kerry Godliman as Lisa Johnson, Tony's late wife
- Paul Kaye as Tony and Matt's psychiatrist
- Joe Wilkinson as Postman Pat
- Tommy Finnegan as George, Tony's nephew
- Thomas Bastable as Robbie, a classmate of George's
- Penelope Wilton as Anne, an older lady, and widow, who Tony meets at the graveyard
- David Earl as Brian Gittins, a hoarder, puppeteer, and stand-up comedian, who above all, desires to appear in the local paper. Later employed to deliver the paper
- Jo Hartley as June, Lenny's girlfriend
- Ethan Lawrence as James, June's son who starts operating at the Tambury Gazette as work experience
- Roisin Conaty as Daphne, aka “Roxy”, a sex worker
- Tracy Ann Oberman as Rebecca, a woman with whom Tony goes on a date and then that later reappears at an amateur dramatics workshop
- Laura Patch as Jill, Matt's wife
- Anti as Brandy, Tony's and also Lisa's dog, Tony's best friend and also reason to keep living
- Tim Plester as Julian Kane, a drug addict, who is hired by Matt to deliver the paper (series 1)
- Bill Ward as Simon, Emma's new love interest who Tony dislikes (series 2)
- Peter Egan as Paul, the semi-retired local paper owner (series 2)
- Colin Hoult as Ken Otley, head of the local amateur dramatics company and also a wannabe showbiz superstar (series 2)
On 9 May 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of six episodes. The series was created as well as directed by Ricky Gervais, that is also an executive producer alongside Charlie Hanson. On 14 January 2019, it was announced that the collection would premiere on 8 March 2019. It was further announced that Duncan Hayes would serve as an additional executive producer as well as that Hanson would actually serve as a producer. On 3 April 2019, it was announced that the collection was renewed for a second season. On 6 May 2020, the program was renewed for a third season, the first time a collection created by Gervais had been extended beyond two seasons.
The first collection received positive reviews upon its release. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall approval rating of 73% with an average score of 6.29/10 based on 44 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, “After Life's first season teeters tonally between dark comedy and affecting drama, but Ricky Gervais' poignant performance illuminates new sides of the actor's talent”. On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the collection has a score of 58 based on 19 reviews.
Merrill Barr from Forbes said of the series, “Overall, After Life is one hundred percent a series to check out. It's the Ricky Gervais project people have been begging for, for a long time.” Josh Modell of AV Club states that After Life is a “dreary, sarcastic self-pity party that also manages—in a magic trick perhaps only Gervais is capable of pulling off—to constantly point out its protagonist's intellectual superiority” in addition to that “as a meaningful meditation on grief, is dead on arrival”.
The second collection received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall approval rating of 75% with an average score of 6.28/10, based on 20 reviews. The BBC reported mixed responses from critics. Ed Cumming from The Independent wrote that “all I see is a series constantly looking for easy solutions” in addition to that “the script has a habit of using swearing were a joke ought to be”. In an extra desirable evaluation, the Daily Express taken into consideration that “Ricky Gervais is exceptional in the unbeatable comedy”.