Review: Six Feet Under

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]

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2 Responses

  1. mimi

    This is a great series! I loved it and can’t wait for the fifth season to come out. I warn you though it’s addicting!! I would finish one episode and say, “Well, I’ll just watch the first 15 minutes and switch it off after the person in the begining dies.” Then I’d say, “Oh, there’s only another 40 to 50 minutes left and who cares if I get to bed at 11:30 and I have work tomorrow.” On a Sunday I could watch at least 4 episodes.
    I like the winter look!

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