Six Feet Under: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (3 Jun. 2001)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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 brainybrailler@comcast.net

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On the evening of the airing of the pilot, Francis Conroy was commended for her performance by a fellow shopper at an L.A. supermarket. This shocked her because the show had not yet aired on the West Coast. The complimenter explained that he had seen the program's premiere via the East Coast feed. See more »

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

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Nathaniel Fisher: [David is covering his father's wounds with wound filler, as he looks on disapprovingly] Oh, no. You're doing me? You're the worst one we've got.
David: [monotone] Thanks, Dad.
Nathaniel Fisher: [frantic] Where's Federico?
David: It's Christmas morning. He's with his wife and kids. He'll be in later.
Nathaniel Fisher: [impatient] Ooh, couldn't this wait? I don't want you ruining my face.
David: It's a little late for that.
Nathaniel Fisher: Not funny.
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Features Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) See more »

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Waiting
(Tom Lord-Alge Remix)
Written and Performed by The Devlins
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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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