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Six Feet Under 5 Seasons 2001

Season 1
4.3 out of 5 stars (77) IMDb 8.8/10

The complete first season of the US drama show set around a family-run Los Angeles funeral parlour. In the pilot episode Nate returns home to his family when his father is killed in a car crash. In 'The Will' Nate and David are awarded the family funeral business in their father's will. 'The Foot' has the Fishers consider selling the business to rival undertaker Kroehner. 'Familia' sees the fam...

Starring:
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

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1. Pilot

In the series premiere, Nate Fisher returns home for the holidays to the shattering news of his father's death.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 1 hour, 2 minutes Release date: 3 June 2001
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2. The Will

After a pyramid scheme owner dies and leaves his wife and baby daughter with a load of debt, Nate (Peter Krause) offers to loan them a casket. Meanwhile, the Fisher family attend the reading of their father's will.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 10 June 2001
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3. The Foot

When a bakery owner is killed, it's up to Federico (Freddy Rodriguez) to put the pieces back together. The family considers selling the funeral business altogether to Kroehner.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: 17 June 2001
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4. Familia

After a gang member is killed, the Fishers find that his family's wishes for burial differ from those of his gang leader. Nate's girlfriend Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) makes an unfavorable impression during a family dinner.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: 24 June 2001
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5. An Open Book

Ruth is stunned by the visitors at a porn star's wake; Nate has a strange first meeting with Brenda's brother Billy (Jeremy Sisto); and Keith takes issue with David's desire to replace his father as deacon at the family church.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: 1 July 2001
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6. The Room

An ornery widower camps out in the Fisher Funeral Home; sparks fly between Claire and Billy; Ruth spurns Hiram and is later wooed by a Russian florist; David is pursued by a pushy parishioner while performing charity work.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 57 minutes Release date: 8 July 2001
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7. Brotherhood

When a young Army vet dies of Gulf War Syndrome, his brother opts for a cremation and disposal of the body; Ruth has Hiram over to cook dinner and then takes a job with Nikolai; David's church involvement results in his casting a very important vote.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: 15 July 2001
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8. Crossroads

In an effort to raise income, Nate and David rent out a room in the funeral home; Claire struggles to grasp the lessons of her outreach hike; Ruth attempts to reconcile her feelings about Hiram; Brenda's Aussie friend gets under Nate's skin.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: 22 July 2001
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9. Life's Too Short

A tragedy reunites Claire with a guy who sullied her reputation at school; David and his new boyfriend run into Keith and his new partner on the disco circuit; and Ruth has an eye-opening camping trip with Hiram.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: 29 July 2001
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10. The New Person

Nate (Peter Krause) and David hire an outspoken mortician (Illeana Douglas); Billy's photo gallery exhibit features one particularly surprising shot; and Claire frets over Gabe's inconsistent behavior.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 58 minutes Release date: 5 August 2001
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11. The Trip

Nate (Peter Krause), David (Michael C. Hall) and Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) take an interesting trip to Vegas for a funeral directors' conference; a baby's death from SIDS stuns the family; and Ruth (Frances Conroy) takes a floral-arrangement class.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: 12 August 2001
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12. A Private Life

A gay man's murder forces David to confont his own fears about his lifestyle; Brenda's parents and Nate consider getting help for the increasingly troubled Billy...but Brenda isn't so sure that's the answer.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 56 minutes Release date: 19 August 2001
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13. Knock, Knock

In the first season's final episode, written and directed by series creator Alan Ball, the Fisher family experiences the control-freak side of Tracy Montrose Blaire; Brenda visits a remorseful Billy; David faces problems at his church.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 59 minutes Release date: 19 August 2001
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I bought all five dvd-boxsets of this tv-show after being recommended by many friends and after seeing the rave reviews, I decided I would buy them (as I love most other HBO series) I had no idea what I was getting into but I'm glad I did. This show is one of the best things ever to grace our tv's- truly. This show has depths, it is packed with laughs and tears. After watching the amazing "American Beauty" I did some background research and found that it was written from the same producer (Alan Ball) that wrote for Six Feet Under and writes for "True Blood" after learning this, I immediately began watching. With superb performances from Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Rachael Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters) and Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money) this show is one of the few out there that are truly amazing- add this to your basket now- you won't be disappointed. Warning: Contains the odd, graphic sex scene, hard drug use, very strong language and nudity. This show is not rated 15, as indicated by Amazon, it is, in fact, 18, as does the box inform. Happy watching!
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I loved this when it was shown on television but missed the opening series so it's wonderful to play catch up. Most of the characters are endearingly - and sometimes frighteningly - vulnerable and few of them understand themselves so they choose sex when they want love or understanding or respect. The few negative reviews are from viewers who expected a comedy but this is a dark drama with occasional comedic moments aimed at the empathic adult viewer. I love the notion of a QVC station aimed at funeral directors but appreciate that this isn't to everyone's taste. If you're one of those `grief tourists' who posts about dead people being `angels' then this isn't for you as it shows death in its true sanguinary colours, the scents and stains of a body breaking down. Kudos to the writers, actors and film makers involved in this exemplary piece of storytelling. It makes for mesmerising viewing
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By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2003
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The second series of Six Feet Under ended not so long ago, and it's gone and left the same void in my life that the first one did when it reached it's dramatic climax last year. Because unless you're into watching talentless teenagers whine on shows like Pop Idol and Fame Academy, there's nothing on TV worth watching. Thankfully the first series of this amazing show is available on DVD and I don't have to live without it until Series 3 comes to terrestrial TV. It's quite weird how this show draws you in, and suddenly you can't bear to live without a weekly dose of the Fishers.
There are few things, either on TV or in the cinema, that blend gripping drama and dark humour together as well as this. The funeral home setting is original and gives the series it's running theme - a family that faces the impact death has on a person every single day. This brings each family member to face something about themselves during the series, and makes for some pretty barmy situations. The central characters are fascinating and likeable and the drama is shocking and arresting. It's difficult to say what's so brilliant about SFU without spoiling it, but the quality of writing and acting is so high throughout...
If you like dramatic, funny TV that dares to be different, you've probably seen Six Feet Under already, and should be getting this now. The extras on the discs are pretty lacklustre, but the strength of the series is enough to guarantee it'll be worth buying.
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Quite simply, Six Feet Under takes everything that is glorious about being a TV show and develops it structure like a fine art, giving us a finished product that is nowhere short of perfection.
The premise of the show is unbelievably simple, it follows a dysfunctional family who run a funeral home. However, you only need to scratch the surface of the show to reveal the complexities of all the characters. Ruth Fisher is going through a kind of mid-life crisis following the death of her husband, David Fisher is being pressured to come to come to terms with his sexuality, occassionally from corpses, Nate Fisher has to deal with running a business/life that he had long run away from, whilst his girlfriend has such unbelivable depth of character that you'd imagine you'd need a series of novels about her to really understand where she's coming from.
Nothing can sum up this show, it simply has to be seen. This DVD release is perfect for beginers, its unbelivable value for money, you get the whole first series so there's no need to wait for the next great episode, and the extras are pretty neat, especially a detailed examination of the making of the opening credits.
Hopefully a second series box set won't be far behind, after seeing the multiple cliff-hanging storylines at the end of this, any length of time to wait would be too long.
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This series is amazing, I can't believe I dicovered it years after its release. It has it all. I laughed, cried, was shocked and entertained. In some episodes I had floods of emotion. This is a very powerful series, not to be missed.
The series details a family who a funeral parlor in the traditional sense that it is run from their home. It depicts the lives of the family collectively and individually and is epic to say. The least.
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