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  • Aug 23, 2005
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I fought watching this at first, as I, for my taste, cannot stand most of the shows which HBO produces. This was one of about four exceptions over the years. This series is quite well done. The acting is great, the story line is absolutely addicitive. Once I was hooked by this first season, I have anxiously awaited season after season. For a pretty much non-TV watcher, that is pretty good. I cannot go as far as some reviewers in stating that this is the absolute best show ever made, but it is good and well worth watching. Actually, I found that watching it a second time was as much fun as the first, maybe more so, in that I missed so much the first time around. Please do keep in mind that this is an adult show and not one that I would feel comfortable with watching it with my preteen grand children. It is certainly adult entertainment. Recommend highly.

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Thank God for DVDs. We do not have cable in our household, and so we often hear about these great shows on HBO or basic cable, but don't get to see them when they first come out. DVD sets allow my wife and I a great chance to catch up, whether with terrific comedies (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, RENO 911) or dramas (SOPRANOS), or, in wonderful case of SIX FEET UNDER, a strange, nearly sublime combination of the two.    By sublime, I don't simply mean "good." Sublime implies something …
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The Fishers are your typical dysfunctional family. Ruth (Frances Conroy) is the stern matriarch who has trouble expressing emotion and snaps at the slightest problem. Daughter Claire (Lauren Ambrose) is an underachiever who cultivates a moody, mysterious loner image in high school (she's indulging in illegal substances too). Brother David (Michael C. Hall) works in the family business, and is uptight beyond belief (he's indulging in a secret homosexual relationship too). Elder brother Nate (Peter Krause) is the black sheep, who, eschewing responsibility, fled to Seattle but got lured back. And Dad (Richard Jenkins) watches it all bemusedly. Did we mention Dad's dead? Oh, and that the Fisher family business is a funeral home? It might sound off-putting, but coming from the mind of Alan Ball, the man who strip-mined suburban life to find the mordant wit underneath inAmerican Beauty,Six Feet Underis a trenchant, stylish spin on standard family dysfunction.

This HBO series initially aspired to fits of Twin Peaks-like whimsy, with each episode starting with a death more outlandish than the previous, but soon settled into a comfortable groove that harkened back to the most familiar of TV family dramas (in fact, it's almost a mirror image of '70s drama Family, down to the three sibling archetypes). Of course, its HBO roots allowed it ample leeway with sex, drug usage, profanity, and violence. While the writing strove to be a little too clever, the overall look and tone of the show ...

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Genre: Television, Drama
Studio: HBO
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003

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