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  • Apr 28, 2006
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My wife and I just watched the end of "Six Feet Under" tonight...then we watched it a second time. She was crying the first time, for me tears were never far away, and they finally came the second time. I had a hard time talking afterwards, my voice kept getting choked up.

To say that it was the best final episode of any show I've ever seen is true, but also trite and stupid. It made me thoughtful, it made me sad, and it moved me in unexpected ways. I felt for the characters, to be sure, but also for the wisdom they imparted and the truths they revealed about all our lives - about my life - and how they must end someday. Happy or sad, troubled or easy, sudden or gradual, everything ends. It is a simple truth, never so eloquently expressed as we saw tonight.

"You can't take a picture of this. It's already gone."

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September 28, 2010
This is on my list of cable to shows to check out of NetFlix. Right now I'm polishing off Season 4 of Dexter and enjoying every warped moment.
September 28, 2010
Definitely check it out - it almost runs out of steam around season 4, but even so it's still one of the most original and watchable shows I've seen. Stick with it, and that last episode will blow you away. You probably already know, but the guy who plays Dexter is one of the main characters in Six Feet Under, and his character couldn't be more different. Such a good actor. The whole cast is excellent.
September 28, 2010
I didn't know. Now I'll definitely push it up the list. A lot of shows seem to encounter problems around the 4th season. They get into a rut and try to shake things up sometimes and they accomplish is screwing up the show's chemistry or redefining the characters in ways that don't make any sense.
 
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So much anticipation pools up around the concluding episode of this concluding season that you might be tempted to head straight for said finale, titled "Everyone's Waiting" (and it's so rich you'll find yourself drawn to repeated viewings). But if you can avoid that impulse, it's worth following the full build-up of one crisis after another to get the real payoff. On an episode-by-episode basis,Six Feet Under's fifth season has a decidedly uneven quality, shifting in tone far more drastically, say, than the intensely dark season 4. Character traits that have already been developed at length begin to seem annoyingly repetitious--Nate's (Peter Krause) self-centered frustration and furious lashings out, Billy's (Jeremy Sisto) resurgent psychosis--like leitmotifs run amuck. But this season also benefits from the knowledge we've developed, over the years, of the Fisher family and their loved ones, so that what they end up facing has a real emotional wallop, sometimes jump-starting the drama just where it seems to be in danger of churning itself into circles.

It's hardly a spoiler to mention that 6fu's final season, though bookended by the promise of new beginnings (a wedding in episode 1 to a departure for new prospects in the 12th episode), centers around loss and a pivotal death. The scripts contain more than an occasional sense of inconsequential filler, while some of the recurring thematics seem forced (we see David continue to cope with the scars from his abduction in the ...

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DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
Runtime: 735 minutes
Studio: HBO Home Video

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