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One drama worth considering,
This review is from: Huff: Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Of the major cable dramas, the one which Huff most closely resembles is Six Feet Under. Certainly in terms of dark humour, pathos and emotional involvement in stands up. While the dramatic tension and the same emotional turmoil is not explored to the same level, where it surpasses Six Feet is in characterisation. In Six Feet you have a dysfunctional family who endure extreme events together. Huff is never quite so extreme or quite so dysfunctional.
For once it is nice to have a central family in a show like this who are pretty normal. Huff is good at his job, a good guy, a caring and devoted husband/father. His wife is pretty similar: devoted, stable and intelligent. The son is precocious yet goes through the normal teenage traumas. The only dysfunctional character is played by Oliver Platt, but he avoids cliche by being self-aware and by being drawn in sharp contrast to the steady Huff.
The show is nicely created: well and throughly written, while not creating new dramatic terrain, it's quality shines through. Even formulaic characters like the eccentric mother and disturbed brother are given fresh post-modern spins with their own flavour. It is great to see Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt finally getting meaty roles which their talent deserves.
If you are fan of Six Feet this is worth checking out. For those of us who avoided the soap-opera melodramatics of that show, this may well be down your street.