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My favorite corpses from Six Feet Under

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 30th 2008 9:42AM
Nathanial and NateDo not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

Fans of Six Feet Under know that the show was very big on style. One of the more stylish moments in the each episode came at the beginning when they would introduce us to a new character and then proceed to show us their demise. What follows is a list of my favorite characters from the first few minutes of each episode.

Nathaniel Fisher
This one is a no-brainer. How could the show even exist without the violent accident that took the life of the Mr. Fisher? It's also important to note that the elder Fisher's many returns set the tone for other corpses to pop up and have a conversation with Nate or David.

Jean Louise McArthur AKA Vivica St. John
I picked Jean Louise for two reasons. Firstly, her service was the first on SFU to illustrate how a funeral home is forced to cater to just about every type of person. I mean, everybody dies, right? The other cool part was the fact that she was murdered by her cat. One more reason cats are not to be trusted.

Chloe Margaret Bryant
Chloe was memorable to me not just because of the unexpected nature of her death, but because it helped to prove my theory that when people do shit they shouldn't be doing (like standing up and sticking their head through a limo sunroof) they are going to end up with their brains hanging from a streetlight.

Emily Previn
Emily was probably the saddest of the corpses. A nice woman who lived alone and went from temp job to temp job who was caught unprepared when she started choking on her dinner. The sad part was that not only was there nobody around to help her out with a simple Heimlich, but her body wasn't discovered for days due to her lack of relationships. This is why I always learn the names of the people who sell me coffee.

It's hard to figure what the deal was on the cult that looked to Daddy for guidance. All we knew for sure was that they hated money and they refused to kill any living being including lice. Fans of Saving Grace will recognize Leon Rippy for his role as Earl the tobacco chewing angel.

Bruno Baskerville
When Bruno killed himself long ago, I bet he never thought that his death would play such a major part in the life of the Fisher family. Never claimed by his family, Bruno's ashes sat on a shelf in the basement of Fisher & Sons for years until David Fisher decided to send them home with Lisa's family. It was through the unbeatable teamwork of the Fisher brothers that Lisa was able to receive the green funeral that she always hoped for.

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Right near the end of the series they had that episode where the guy gets nailed by that falling debris from the sky. I always remember that one.

Damn you guys for posting about SFU... I just went and re-watched the only video HBO.com has left (the "In Memorium" featurette") and it seriously brought a tear to my eye.

Now I have to go and re-watch the series! I'm not actually angry about that ;-)

July 01 2008 at 1:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I always love the ones that affected the family personally. They seemed to use that more on the earlier seasons then on the later seasons. I remember Nate had the kid that was training for footaball and died of heatstroke, and during the episode the kid would be crying. Nate always had a fear of death. David had a gangster in his head in one episode, that taught him to not be such a pushover. Some people believed these people were ghosts, they weren't, they represented the inner turmoil of the brothers' Fisher about thier own lives.

June 30 2008 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My favorite was the woman who saw the helium inflated blow-up dolls floating to the sky (destined for the Adult Video Awards but released in a car accident) and thought it was the rapture happening.

June 30 2008 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I can't remember his name, my absolute favorite corpse was the elderly black gentleman who planned his life so well and took care of his family and affairs so perfectly, that he even drove HIMSELF to the funeral home and paid for his own service.
I'm sorry, but when you can dress up, drive yourself, and arrange your own funeral to a tee --- you are one class act!

June 30 2008 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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