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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2001 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(63 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The pilot episode features several spoof commercials for funeral homes and products. This was intended to be a recurring feature throughout the series but was dropped after the first episode. 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

George Sibley: I've made a lot of enemies through the years. You take the backstabbing world of academia, throw in a controversial field like geology and you've got real trouble.
Claire: Geology is controversial?
George Sibley: Oil, Claire. Oil.
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Referenced in A Long Road (2005) See more »

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Six Feet Under (Original Main Theme)
Written by Thomas Newman
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We're not talking "In Loving Memory" here, people.
24 January 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

"Six Feet Under"'s second season was a notch below the first, but only a notch.

The story of the lives and loves of the Fisher family, Alan Ball's creation (and sometimes writing) is certainly dark, but at the same time very layered, thoughtful, moving - by the end of the second season all the main characters have changed somewhat from what they were, and that's not meant as a criticism - and very funny. These are all qualities found in Ball's earlier script for "American Beauty" (who'd have thought he used to write for "Cybill"?), but there are people who can't abide the film while loving the series. Maybe it's the HBO connection... labels, who needs 'em?

The closest the show ever gets to formula is the obligatory scene where the week's dead person is unveiled (the temptation to play spot-the-corpse-to-be is unavoidable, though the writers often wrongfoot the viewer); the understandable desire to give all the main players something to do meant season 2's impact was diluted a bit, mostly due to Mathew St. Patrick as Keith (did we HAVE to get his family involved?).

Otherwise, the series is well nigh impossible to fault - the acting and writing are top of the range, the humour never gratuitously tasteless (and the fake commercials shown in the first episode have never returned, an early indication that this show may know when to quit), the series intriguingly inverts the usual male/female nudity ratio, as well as seeing homosexuality and drug use as aspects of life that are neither good nor ill (though no one will ever confuse this for "Queer As Folk" - Channel 4 or Showtime versions), and the title sequence illustrating the journey to the grave combined with Thomas Newman's sublime Emmy-winning theme music never fails to draw you in. For a show that's basically about death, this is full of life.

"In Loving Memory," in case you're wondering, was a 1970s British sitcom set in a funeral home. The difference between this and "Six Feet Under" is the difference between, say, Avril Lavigne and Reba McEntire.


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