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Six Feet Under 

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A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

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Alan Ball
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Peter Krause ...  Nate Fisher 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Michael C. Hall ...  David Fisher 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Frances Conroy ...  Ruth Fisher 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Lauren Ambrose ...  Claire Fisher 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Freddy Rodríguez ...  Federico 'Rico' Diaz 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Mathew St. Patrick ...  Keith Charles 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Rachel Griffiths ...  Brenda Chenowith 63 episodes, 2001-2005
Justina Machado ...  Vanessa Diaz 42 episodes, 2001-2005
Jeremy Sisto ...  Billy Chenowith 31 episodes, 2001-2005
Brenna Tosh Brenna Tosh ...  Maya Fisher / ... 30 episodes, 2003-2005
Bronwyn Tosh Bronwyn Tosh ...  Maya Fisher / ... 30 episodes, 2003-2005
James Cromwell ...  George Sibley 27 episodes, 2003-2005
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Storyline

Nathaniel Fisher, his wife Ruth, and their children David and Claire run a small funeral business that offers the best care to be found anywhere close by. Prodigal son Nate Jr. arrives home for Christmas just as his father is killed by a bus, and has to stick around when he and David are willed the funeral service together. How does a family who helps others deal with grief deal with its own? Written by rmlohner

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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Six Feet Under See more »

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Runtime:

(63 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Krause (Nate Fisher) originally auditioned for the part of David, as he was impressed by the political/human rights message that the role had and he wanted to stand up for the character. However, the creator, Alan Ball had found the role of Nate Fisher impossible to cast, and was impressed by Krause and his tangible chemistry with Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith). See more »

Goofs

In season 4, when little Maya is at least two years old, she never walks. Nate will carry her along all day and never let her down on her own feet. Even when he needs his hands for other reason, he handles the "not a baby anymore-child" to his mother instead of just putting her down. Poor Maya in this way seems to be with a mobility handicap. See more »

Quotes

Maggie Sibley: I know that if you think life's a vending machine where you put in virtue and take out happiness then you're going to be disappointed.
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Referenced in Runaway, a Twist of Fate (2009) See more »

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Six Feet Under (Original Main Theme)
Written by Thomas Newman
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Absolute Perfection
18 June 2008 | by DSchruteSee all my reviews

Having just watched the series finale I sit here at my work desk unable to cope with the "real world". What can I find now that will fill the void left by this deeply moving and profound masterpiece?

SFU deals with many taboo life events and leaves one with a sense of empathy and sheer admiration at how beautifully the writers roll up their sleeves and sully their hands with topics such as incest and drug abuse.

Having recently experienced the death of my own father I can honestly say SFU invoked feelings and emotional responses that I didn't realise I was capable of experiencing. I would even go as far to say it has helped me identify and ultimately cope with my own loss.

Superb characters, inspired story lines and a thoughtful soundtrack make SFU easily the best TV programme I have ever watched (and I have watched a lot of TV in my 30 odd years).

I make no apologies when I raise my hand to my heart and honestly state that watching SFU has put a new perspective on my life and made me a better person.

Congratulations America for making this superbly refreshing and often dark masterpiece.


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