Your Next Box Set: Six Feet Under
On the lookout for a new boxset to fill your long, dreary winter evenings with? Each week, hmv.com will be recommending you a series that you will have wishing those cold nights would go on forever…
This week we recommend Six Feet Under, a dark drama that have you addicted in no time at all...
What is it?
As a viewer, there aren't many TV shows to be found to strike the same balance of distress through subject matter and euphoria through extraordinary character development as Six Feet Under. Surrounding the privileged yet often dark lives of the Fisher family – owners of an independent, Californian funeral home – Six Feet Under brought its pilot episode to the home screens in summer 2001.
Spanning four years and five seasons, the HBO show contains more characters than it's possible to count – each as memorable, unique and profound as the other. As we look closely into their clustered business and personal lives, Nate, David, Ruth and Claire Fisher face experiences of nostalgic, anarchic, hallucinogenic, and supernatural content. There’s no room for the mundane here.
Who's in it?
Six Feet Under features the gifted acting ability of Lauren Ambrose, portraying the youthful, artsy but insecure Claire Fisher. Ambrose had a handful of notable appearances in Law and Order bang in the mid-90s, and post-Six Feet Under starred in some excellence – including a voice acting score in the Spike Jonze adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. It must be said that for a few of the actors, Six Feet Under was an isolated tour de force, two examples being Peter Krause (Nate Fisher, Jr.) and Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith).
Undoubtedly the most monumental and thoroughly consistent performance is delivered by Michael C. Hall – his character the troubled and bad luck prone David Fisher. Since the show came to an end in 2005, Hall has proven a force to be reckoned with. The North Carolina-hailing actor has made his name as a moralistic serial killer (of sorts) in Showtime’s Dexter.
Lest we forget the magical Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher), who while painting a pinpoint picture of a grief-stricken mother longing for her carefree days of old, has exploded out of such a character to conjure up earth-shattering performances in Scent of a Woman, Broken Flowers, and, um… Desperate Housewives. No judgment.
Why should I watch it?
Well for a start, the physical boxset while stood up on a shelf displays not the title of the show, but the words ‘Life / Death / Guilt / Afterlife’ below a symbol down the spine. Don’t tell us we're the only one who sees substantial class right there. This TV series is rather niche, but there’s something for almost everyone. As mentioned before, the character development is stunning – you’ll feel like you’re truly getting to know everyone and finding mutual flaws between yourself and these fictional beings.
The density and complexity of the storylines are at times a struggle to stick out, yet they pay off perseverance enormously. Drama doesn't really get a lot better than this, and the channel of HBO should pride itself on Six Feet Under’s evolution. In a sense, this show is entirely unbiased. Middle America is indisputably focused on, though as a viewer you’ll gain a strong and wide-open sense of social, political, ethical and marital issues as you follow the family.
Regardless of personal lifestyle, you’re sure to find something to engross you flowering out of Six Feet Under’s rich spectrum.
Why isn't it on TV anymore?
Six Feet Under concluded with grace. That’s all there is to it really.
Describe the show in three words
Enriching and modestly ornate. Forgive the conjunction…