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Six Feet Under is a highly acclaimed and critically lauded drama that ran for five seasons on HBO. It aired 63 episodes between 2001 and 2005. Six Feet Under was created, written, and produced by Alan Ball. Ball also won an Emmy award for directing the final episode. In addition to Ball's directing Emmy award, the program won eight other awards for everything from musical score to acting. The series also won the Golden Globe award for best drama series in 2001.

Six Feet Under follows the lives of the Fisher family. The Fisher's own and operate a funeral home business out of their house in Los Angeles. The stories all center on the show's seven main characters. Peter Krause plays the oldest of the Fisher siblings, Nate, who has to return to help run the family business after the death of his father. Michael C. Hall plays middle child, David. Lauren Ambrose stars as their younger sister, Claire. Their mother, Ruth, is portrayed by Frances Conroy. Freddy Rodriguez plays funeral home employee, Federico Diaz. Matthew St. Patrick stars as the love interest of David. The main cast is rounded out by Rachel Griffiths who stars as Nate's girlfriend, Brenda Chenowith. Several other well-known actors play reoccurring roles during the series including James Cromwell, Jeremy Sisto, Justina Machado, Kathy Bates, Lili Taylor, Peter Facinelli, and Rainn Wilson.

Each episode of Six Feet Under starts with a death that usually kick starts the theme for the show. The characters in the show often have imaginary conversations with the deceased. The themes of each episode all center on each character's own mortality as they struggle to operate a family business that deals with death and sadness. In the show's pilot episode, the family's patriarch, Nathan Fisher Sr., is killed in a car accident. The character, played by Richard Jenkins, continues to show up to the family through dream sequences during the run of the program. Six Feet Under is a show that tackled many subjects that other shows did not including religion, homosexuality, sex addiction, mental illness, and infidelity. The tense drama is often peppered with dark humor that fleshes out each characters personality including their strengths as well as their many human flaws and weaknesses.

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5 Seasons, 63 Episodes - Canceled
June 3, 2001
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  • In the series finale, David finally embraces a demon; Keith gives 'tough love'; Nathaniel talks to his younger son; Brenda delivers and fights Nate's negativity; Claire gets an exciting call; and Ted inspires sexy photos.

  • As David's fears take over, Keith tries to protect him--and the boys; Billy attends to his sister; Claire goes on a drunken harassment spree and pushes Ted away; Rico pushes for a talk about the business; George tries to help Ruth with Maya.

  • While David attends to family business, Keith makes an embarrassing self-discovery on the job; Brenda is challenged by Nate and answers a hard question for Maya; Margaret compares herself to her daughter; Ruth lets Bettina play nurse.

  • David and Keith get comfortable with their new family life; Claire is shocked to discover she and Ted share a passion for politics; Ruth finds empowerment in the woods; Maggie is forced to make some awkward calls; Brenda faces several truths at once.

  • David and Keith struggle to create parent-child boundaries; When Brenda and Nate get some ambiguous news, it confirms their views on life and death; Ruth fills her schedule with activities, but has trouble unwinding.

  • Ruth happily helps 'circle the wagons' when Sarah calls; David and Keith discover it's hard work playing house with Anthony and his brother Durrell; Nate muses on the loss of his first love; Claire finds a temporary financial solution.

  • Nate and Brenda discuss giving Maya a 'coherent narrative'; David and Keith await news from Mary, and meet a special little boy; Vanessa is shocked when Julio gets into trouble at school--and mortified when Rico schmoozes things over.

  • Brenda is disturbed by Nate's reaction to her news; Ruth shares her feelings about George with her knitting circle; David and Keith 'propose' to Mary and meet Roger's unconventional family; Rico is shocked at how Vanessa and the boys are doing.

  • Claire is seduced by Billy's lust for life but hits a roadblock trying to fund the next leg of her educational journey; George is haunted by visions of an early trauma; and Brenda feels at home with her new supervisor Jackie.

  • Nate hangs with some high-school friends but finds that, as adults, they share little more than teenage memories; Ruth gets relief from George's daughter Maggie; Brenda is reluctant to accept Margaret's help and struggles in her new internship.

  • In the Season Five premiere, Ruth dreads George's return from the hospital in light of his recent diagnosis; Nate and Brenda prep for a big day, but an emergency makes them reconsider; David and Keith discuss alternative parenting options.

  • In the Season Four finale, Ruth is delighted to meet George's daughter, but worries as his paranoid 'views' of the future escalate. 'Star' Claire gets high off her newfound fame; Federico pleads his case to Vanessa, who delivers a verdict.

  • Ruth is giddy about going to a tantric workshop with George, who retreats to the family's emergency shelter. Meanwhile, David's last bite at a sushi restaurant threatens to cost him--and Keith--a lot more than the bill; and Nate drops a bomb on Barb.

  • Nate gives Maya 'one last look' at a memorial for Lisa, where some surprise discoveries ensue. David and Keith are inspired by a same-sex wedding; George agrees to Ruth's marriage stipulations; Federico is disturbed by the 'new and improved' Vanessa.

  • Ruth and Bettina take a road trip to Mexico, leaving the men of Fisher & Diaz to some male bonding--and comic-book crime-fighting. David and Keith open up after closing their 'open' relationship; and Billy resurfaces as a substitute art teacher.

  • Nate and Brenda take Maya on a train ride, getting caught in their tracks when they go a little too far. Meanwhile, David tries to 'sex-orcise' his demons; Keith straightens out a conflict of interest; and Federico starts sleeping on the job.

  • Ruth goes on a fossil hunt with George, and digs up Sarah and Bettina. Claire focuses her talents on Edie; Federico tries to unload on Sophia; Vanessa does some detective work; Keith goes 'out' to a bar with co-workers; David drowns his stress.

  • Fisher & Diaz hosts two very different parties in one night. Meanwhile, David is uncomfortable with all the comfort he's receiving; Nate finds temporary relief at a 'canine retreat,' Claire and her art-school friends go on a trip.

  • With Keith out of town on business, David gets taken for a ride by a hitchhiker. Meanwhile, Nate feels out of place in a bereavement group, Ruth tries to play matchmaker--to George's chagrin, Claire feels empty after a critique of her self-portraits.

  • A group of prank-happy teenagers find their latest joke is no laughing matter. Meanwhile, the Fishers decide to hold a yard sale; David grooms Arthur for a new role; Nate gets intimately involved in Maya's afternoon playgroup.

  • George puts his stamp on the Fisher home. David cautions Nate about projecting his personal grief onto their clients; Keith applies for a glamorous new job; Joe challenges the logic of Brenda's 12-step plan; Claire reawakens her artistic muse.

  • Season Four premiere. In an attempt to honor Lisa's last wishes, Nate winds up at odds with her family. Meanwhile, David and Keith look for 'genuinely new' ways to start over; Federico seeks a priest for absolution; Vanessa gets tired of Angelica.

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