Six Feet Under: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (3 Jun. 2001)

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When the funeral director is killed in an accident, the family comes together to mourn and decide the fate of the funeral home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Federico 'Rico' Diaz (as Freddy Rodriguez)
Chatty Mourner (as Dina Waters)
Sharon Madden ...
Woman Mourner
Hayden Tank ...
Maximillian Kesmodel ...
Young David (as Maximillian Orion Kesmodel)
Dennis Anderson ...


On Christmas Eve, 2000, funeral-director Nathaniel Samuel Fisher is involved in a hearse-accident with a bus and is killed. Ruth Fisher has a hard time coping, so can't bring herself to identify her husband's body at the morgue. David, the secretly gay younger son who remained at home to help with the family business, feels nothing but dismay at the prospect of now continuing his hated job for good, and focuses on keeping everything in order for the newest funeral. Claire Fisher gets the news just after smoking crystal at a party, and is forced to hide it. Nate Fisher returns home just in time to learn of the death after making out with fellow plane passenger Brenda Chenowith in an airport supply closet, and is forced to keep Claire's secret, console Ruth when she confesses she'd been cheating on Nathaniel, and take abuse from David for conversing with embalmer Federico Diaz, not helping him or forcing the others to swallow their grief, and insisting that David unleash his own. Then, ... Written by

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According to the Six Feet Under obituaries, Nathaniel Samuel Fisher's, the only one never to be shown on the show, is 1943-2000 (though it was mistyped to read 2001, the year which the first season's other deaths occurred in after New Year's). See more »


The hearse in the opening credits has a Washington state license plate. See more »


Brenda: So... how's it going?
Nate Fisher: Oh, it's great... great. My father's dead, my mom's a whore, my brother wants to kill me, and my sister's smoking crack. I think I win.
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Amazing start
3 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Pilot episode pretty much has it all. It has a clear inciting incident that will serve to be the drive for the series, and that is, the death of the father. This serves to bring up all of these characters in full view and all have their own, distinct characteristics. In particular, Frances Conroy and Michael C Hall stand out as the best in this episode. I've known about this show for quite some time, but I can't believe I took so long to give it a try. I can't wait to see how the series develops from here, and can't wait to see what its described by many as the "greatest series finale ever made". I'm excited, this is definitely recommended.

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