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This season was pretty poor
on 5 June 2006
I don't agree with the other reviewers on this season.
Six Feet Under began as a show about a dysfunctional family who had slightly strange things happen to them. By the end of this season, they had become a slighly stranger than normal family who had to go through consistently tragic events, much more than any other family (in the real world) would ever have to go through.
By the end of this pretty awful season, what was initially a darkly humourous look at life in a funeral home, with some poignant reflections on death, had degenerated into a soap opera with wildly over the top melodramatics to pass for drama.
It rescued itself a little by the end of the season, but Claire's grating development at College, to Ruth's frankly pathetic husband to David's abduction, this season became laughable. The general consensus is that the final season is great and so perhaps this fourth season is worth it. But it sure was a real slog trying to get through it. At times painful viewing (and not through any of the stories, but just by being dull), it may come to mean more in the context of the final season....