As more and more regularly scheduled primetime TV seems to disappoint me, I continue to find great TV series on DVD. Gilmore Girls (the early years), The Wire, a slew of entertaining programming from the BBC (As Time Goes By, Wire in the Blood). The most recent addition to this list is Six Feet Under, the comedy-drama set in a funeral home.
With their father’s death, the Fischer brothers take over the family funeral home and with it all the quirks and problems that come with running a business: corporate competition, disgruntled employees, a client’s missing foot. Then there’s mom, an unpredicable woman simultaneously at a loss and liberated by her husband’s death, and little sister Claire, a teenager who drives a green hearse and could give Heathers’ Christian Slater and Winona Ryder a few lessons in teen angst.
Storylines are clever and original, wonderfully written and acted, and brought to the small screen with a lot of style. Comic moments are equally matched by the tenderness and humanity in each terrifically drawn character. [Season One: ***** out of 5]