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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2006
I watched these episodes first on TV, but I've found I can watch them over and again. I played the episode 'Coming and Going' three times. I just marvelled at the brilliance of the dialogue and the mixture of pathos and humour.
Highlights of the episode: a distinguished black man does a 'walk-in' to the funeral home and passes on, as planned in his car, Ruth's new husband George attacks a Bradford flowering pear in the back garden.
David goes to church and fantasises about shoving a gun in the mouth of a man who has recently attacked him, and killing him dead.
Claire and her brother discuss the pros and cons of gay sex. Rico's mistress has a fight with his wife, Vanessa. Vanessa and her sister take a baseball bat to the mistress's car and then calmly go and pick up the kids. Nate is discovered canoodling with Brenda, who is living with a new boyfriend. And it all ends up with the track 'Oh happy day!'
Sound wacky and complicated? I often feel like standing up and applauding after the episode has finished on DVD.
Why do people love this series so much? For a start it is a brilliant situation comedy, and the humour is not cynical or empty, but very life affirming.
And because death is such a taboo subject, this series's desire to revel in it has meant it can open up brand new vistas of TV experience. And the paradox is that by focusing so closely on death they manage to express the glorious possiblities of being alive.
Life is difficult and 'Six Feet Under' shows you exactly why.