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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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2005   2004   2003   2002   2001  
Top Rated TV #95 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 58 wins & 166 nominations. See more awards »

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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 29 episodes, 2001-2005
Brenna Tosh Brenna Tosh ...  Maya Fisher / ... 28 episodes, 2003-2005
Bronwyn Tosh Bronwyn Tosh ...  Maya Fisher / ... 28 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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Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. Ends. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Michael C. Hall (David Fisher) and Tim Maculan (Father Jack) would go on to work together again on Dexter (2006). See more »

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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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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Flanders' Ladder (2018) See more »

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Six Feet Under (Original Main Theme)
Written by Thomas Newman
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Raw, personal conflict was never so mesmerizing
22 August 2005 | by stonedonkiesSee all my reviews

Six Feet Under is meticulous, beautiful, daunting, and powerful. One way or another, it will connect with you, perhaps in places you didn't expect and aren't willing to expose. At times wrenching, at other times cathartic, but always staring back at you knowingly, this show stands head and shoulders above the advertising-driven fare that clogs network TV with mediocrity, token minorities, and jarring commercial breaks. It changed the way I view television, and I recommend it to anyone who's tired of the same old crap.

After watching the series finale (which I won't spoil, don't worry), I sat in bed, unable to sleep. After poring over everything I'd seen over the past season, it struck me that SFU is the most raw and personal television show I've ever seen. Even more, there are no stand-alone episodes for easy syndication. Every single installment is part of a huge puzzle, or a few more miles on the Fisher family's road. I've always found Peter Krause to be a disappointingly flat performer, which is unfortunate because his character anchors the show, but the other actors are often transcendent. Regardless, every one of them radiates with a sometimes painfully familiar pathos. The cinematography is also staggering sometimes, taken from film rather than typical 3-camera TV work. If that's not enough, the music they choose to score the episodes is almost symbiotic; it seems ingrained into the film itself, even when you know it was just licensed.

This is not really a family-friendly show, though, encompassing profanity, nudity, violence, drug use, "alternative lifestyles" ... So in other words, it's just like real life. And despite the interpersonal conflicts that fuel the narrative to the point of melodrama, the show isn't afraid to pause every once in a while and let the show communicate without dialogue.

I feel very gratified to have watched SFU, and I've never felt that way about any other show in the almost-27 years I've been alive. Hopefully it will start a trend, if only on premium cable.


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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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