I didn't start watching Six Feet Under until 4 whole years after it ended. Luckily, my roommate was obsessed with the show and insisted I (and the rest of the house) watch it with her.
We started out with the very first episode and after no more than 3 episodes later...we were all hooked. It got to the point where we'd schedule times to watch the show all together - if one person couldn't make it we'd wait until they could. It was an unspoken pact. A pact for people who let their lives be ruled by TV (whoops!)
You probably already have read, but Six Feet Under is about character Nate Fisher Jr. and the funeral home he is left to run when his father is tragically killed by a bus. It follows the lives (and deaths) of his dysfunctional family and everyone else they know.
Obviously, the show deals with death. A lot. I would be lying if I said Six Feet Under WASN'T dark. But the creators of the show know that dark does not equal depressing. After each show I found myself thinking - about the show and storylines, about my life, about life in general. This quality is what attracted me to the show. Unlike other TV shows that are predictable, dramatic, and fast-paced, Six Feet Under is the total opposite and stands out in many ways:
- Every episode kept me on the edge of my seat (and when my friends couldn't meet to watch the show as a group, I wanted to scream because I was so eager to catch the next episode!).
- Whereas many TV shows have that air of drama (it's just a TV thing) Six Feet Under is almost TOO dramatic. It's so dramatic that it passed up "normal tv dramatic" and went straight to "bizarre". When you're dealing with death what else can be dramatic?! See what I mean?
- Each episode is 1 hour long. Shows that long stand out because you can watch two episodes and its like a movie, not a marathon.
You should absolutely watch this show if you aren't afraid of thinking deep or outside the box. Also, YOU WILL CRY! At least a little (I cried a lot but I always cry for sad TV shows/movies).
Oh yeah, one of the characters drives a lime green hearse from before 1980. Do I really need to say anything else to pique your interest?
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Six Feet Under is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001 and ended on August 21, 2005, spanning five seasons and 63 episodes. The show was produced by Actual Size Films and The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio and was shot on location in Los Angeles and in Hollywood studios. Six Feet Under revolves around the Fisher family, who run a funeral home in Los Angeles, and their friends and lovers. The series traces these characters' lives over the course of five years. The ensemble drama stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick and Rachel Griffiths as the show's seven central characters.
Six Feet Under received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its writing and acting, and consistently drew high ratings for the HBO network. The series is noted for its exploration of mortality and death in western society. It won numerous awards, including three Golden Globes and nine Emmys. It also generated controversy for its graphical depiction of sexuality and some of the themes it addressed.
The show stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel Samuel ("Nate") Fisher Jr., the son of a funeral director who, upon the death of his father (Richard Jenkins), reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. Hall. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth ...