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Family Plots 

An intimate look at the inner-workings of the family-run Poway-Bernardo Mortuary in Poway, California.




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Series cast summary:
Shonna Wissmiller-Smith Shonna Wissmiller-Smith ...  Herself - Senior Funeral Director 36 episodes, 2004-2005
Chuck Wissmiller Chuck Wissmiller ...  Himself - Funeral Assistant 34 episodes, 2004-2005
Rick Sadler Rick Sadler ...  Himself - Mortuary Manager 32 episodes, 2004-2005
Emily Vigney Emily Vigney ...  Herself - Office Manager 28 episodes, 2004-2005
John Greeney John Greeney ...  Himself - Funeral Director 22 episodes, 2004-2005
David Moravee David Moravee ...  Himself - Funeral Director 19 episodes, 2004-2005
Melissa Wissmiller Melissa Wissmiller ...  Herself - Assistant Funeral Director 18 episodes, 2004-2005


This show follows the day to day experiences for the staff of the family run Poway Bernardo Mortuary in Poway, California, a San Diego suburb. The show takes a behind the scenes look inside the embalming and preparation room as well as how the staff deals with and relates to the families of those they serve. The staff includes middle sister/head embalmer Shonna, her sisters and co-workers Melissa and Emily, and their former professional boxer father Chuck, who also works at the funeral home. It also includes Melissa's ex-fiancee, mortuary director Rick. Also featured are funeral director and Star Trek fan David as well as funeral director and apprentice embalmer John. Matt, an ordained minister who is the newest member of the staff, is introduced during the second season. Written by Dan

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mortuary | non fiction | See All (2) »


A real family livens up a dead business. See more »





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Release Date:

19 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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Nobody of the Wissmiller family actually owned the funeral home. They were merely employees. See more »


Office Manager: You know what, you're an asshole, Dad!
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I Love this show!
14 March 2006 | by virginia19018See all my reviews

I think this show is entertaining and enlightening. I have never seen the workings of a mortuary and I find it quite interesting. Also the individuals that work there are very entertaining. With the blend of all their different personalities it's like being with your own family. I'm just disappointed that A&E took it off on Sunday evenings and constantly has to run shows like Miami Ink, Dog, and 24. They are so mundane compared to Family Plots. It's also boring to see them running back to back the way that they do. I think that tattooing ones body is disgusting, and Dog is the same old crap over and over again.I'm glad that I have the ability to tape the show on Tuesday Mornings. I do get to enjoy them on Sunday nights while A&E is running the crap. What also bugs me is that if you go on A&E"s website you can't leave them a message about this. They have a standard e-mail list of comments, and they won't even let you add your own. I wish A&E would bring back Family Plots on Sunday nights!

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