HBO's Six Feet Under, one of the best television shows ever, is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the initial airing of the pilot episode this week. HBO is running a marathon of the series all weekend, and I have been re-watching episode after episode. It's like catching up with old friends.
For those of you who don't know, the show revolves around a family run mortuary, and features the death of someone not in the cast every episode. The dead person becomes the client of the mortuary as the story of the Fisher family is continued for that episode. Here is the first five minutes of episode one...
You'll recognize, Michael C Hall from Dexter here. Other cast members included Peter Krause (Sports Night, Dirty Sexy Money, The Catch), Francis Conroy, Rachel Griffiths, Lauren Ambrose, and Kathy Bates.
HBO is showing the pilot episode on their website free of charge right now. And if you missed the marathon, you can get a trial subscription to HBO go and start watching the rest.
Although the show dealt with death in every single episode, it's more about how you choose to spend your time during life. The show has stuck with me for more than a decade.
Not only was it great television, but I think it had the best finale for any series that I have ever seen. The last few minutes are below, but don't watch it unless you've already seen the resst. It might be the best few minutes of television ever and it won't be the same without the context. Here's show creator, Alan Ball, talking about the finale.
Six Feet Under is a beautiful show, but it can also be challenging emotionally if you're not in the right place.
If you need something a little lighter, try watching Peter Krause's latest show, The Catch. It's light, airy and fun.