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Five ways Six Feet Under helps me cope with death

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 4th 2008 1:02PM
Six Feet Under - a beautiful thingThis post might get a little esoteric, but I'll just lay it out there and, as always, you can either take it or leave it. If you don't like talk about death and dying, stop reading here.

If I was asked to say just one thing about Six Feet Under, it's that they don't shirk from anything. The Fisher family is complex and messy, but the writers and actors put it all out there, whether it's gay sex, drugs, mental illness, or, of course, death.

That last one is a good thing for me, because I go to a lot of funerals. In the past few years, I've lost two aunts, a dad, a father-in-law, a grandma, a sister-in-law, two cousins, and at least two dozen friends. I've written scores of obituaries and played my violin for dozens of funerals. I'm on a first-name basis with most of the funeral directors in town. And you know what? It's OK! Six Feet Under has helped me to see that. Read on for five ways the show helps me cope with death.

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Six Feet Under: The Awards - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 4th 2008 11:24AM
Six Feet UnderI'm late to the Six Feet Under party, having just started watching the series on DVD earlier this year. I'm half-way through the final season, so if anyone posts about the last episode (I've heard it's wonderful), I'll have to stick my fingers in my ears and sing la-la-la -- though I already have a general idea how it ends.

At any rate, I love this show. Who knew I'd get hooked on a show about funeral directors, but there's something very addictive about it. I watch it when I get done working around 2 a.m., and there's something weirdly comforting about watching a show about death at that hour. Like, somehow, you think it'll all be okay. And really, the show isn't just about death. It's about life and death. Big difference.

Okay, bear with me while I hand out a few awards (and feel free to post your own SFU Awards in the comments):

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Six Feet Under: The opening titles - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 4th 2008 11:03AM
Six Feet Under - Season 2 DVDOne of my favorite parts of Six Feet Under is the opening titles. When I get ready to watch the show, I don't turn it on and do other things while the opening titles play. I sit down and watch the titles from the beginning. It prepares me for the show ahead.

As I learned from watching the behind-the-scenes featurette on the season one DVD set, when a show is created, the opening pictures are usually done first and the music added later. That wasn't the case with Six Feet Under, mainly because creator Alan Ball had no idea what he wanted to do with the pictures. So he had composer Thomas Newman -- whom he worked with on American Beauty -- score the music first.

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Strangest Six Feet Under couples

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 3rd 2008 3:03PM
Rainn WilsonThe characters on Six Feet Under were fascinating to watch, but they often made horrible romantic choices. Even the couples that stood the test of time had their issues. Most of the truly memorable train wrecks didn't last, though. Here's a look back at some of the show's weirdest relationships.

Ruth Fisher and Arthur Martin - Ruth and Arthur's relationship was arguably the most awkward pairing in Six Feet Under history. Apart from the significant age difference, the relationship suffered from a lack of physical intimacy. You can't build a romance on nuzzling and spooning alone; it didn't take long for Ruth to figure that out. Ruth dumped Arthur, and things took a turn for the worse when she suddenly married George Sibley. Arthur showed his jealousy by arguing with George over the origins of the word "formica" and labeling his food. They finally parted ways after the "poo by mail" misunderstanding.

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The final six deaths on Six Feet Under - VIDEO

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 3rd 2008 10:39AM

Six Feet UnderFans of Six Feet Under were floored, when at the end "Ecotone" (the fourth to last episode of the series) Nate finally succumbed to his AVM and passed away. His death earned one of the few "end of episode epitaphs" featured on the show.

Fortunately for Nate and his family, everyone had a chance to say good-bye. Claire and David spent hours in the hospital room with him, as did Ruth. Even Brenda visited, despite knowing about the affair with Maggie - until Nate says no more; we're done.

As fans, we cried. We mourned. We couldn't imagine the final three episodes of one HBO's finest programs without it's main player. Of course, we knew he'd be back - dead. That was a given, but it's still not the same. Little did we know what was in store for us.

A whole lot more crying.

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Six Feet Under: That's My Dog - VIDEO

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 2nd 2008 11:03AM

Michael C. Hall as David Fisher in 'Six Feet Under.'
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(S04E05) Originally aired on July 18th, 2004 -- Arguably the best episode in Six Feet Under's five season run (ignoring the stellar finale of course), "That's My Dog" is a seminal installment for Michael C. Hall's David Fisher. A culmination of David's fears, inadequacies, and worries all collide at the same time as he faces death at the hands of a sadistic crack addict named Jake who takes him on a joy ride to get high. The events change David for good as he develops crippling attacks of paranoia that stay with him until he tackles his demons near the end of season five. You can't have a discussion about Six Feet Under without bringing up this episode.

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Six Feet Under: Tears, Bones, and Desire - VIDEO

by Erin Martell, posted Jul 1st 2008 10:02AM
Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, and Freddy Rodriguez
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(S03E08) Two words: Jeanne Tripplehorn. Keith's paintball revenge was his finest moment on the show as far as I'm concerned. The Fishers and Diazes played against type and became people of action, if only for a short while. David and Keith settled their differences on the battlefield, Ruth made several uncomfortable moves on Arthur, and Lisa sized up her competition. Petrarch, head lice, and polygamy also came into play.

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My favorite corpses from Six Feet Under

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 30th 2008 9:42AM
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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.

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Retro Squad returns, new and improved

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 6th 2008 10:01AM
retro squad logoThe "big" shows are over, and now the typically low-key summer TV schedule begins. Oh sure, there are some real gems in there that are still airing or will start soon, but overall the excitement is nothing like the September-through-May period. Maybe people are ... gasp ... going outside to enjoy the sun?

It's been two years since we first delved into the world of Retro Squad, so we're back now with what we believe is a better format. Rather than pick a few shows and only review one season from each throughout the summer, we're doing theme/show weeks. These weeks will not only have standout episode reviews from any past season, but we'll have themed lists, Vs., interviews and videos. There are only so many weeks in the summer, so we can't cover all of your favorites, but I think there's something for just about everyone here. Check out the schedule below, after the jump.

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Peter Krause signs on to SciFi mini-series

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 14th 2006 8:47PM
peter krauseFormer Six Feet Under actor Peter Krause just agreed to play the lead role in a SciFi Channel original mini-series, or as SciFi calls it, "limited series". Whatever. The series is called The Lost Room, about a motel room that contains mysterious power and all the objects in the room are charmed. Krause will play the detective who stumbles upon a key to the room, opens it up, and heaps a world of trouble on himself. His daughter, who disappears in the room, will be played by Elle Fanning, younger sister of Dakota. Filming for the series begins next Wednesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but no air date has been announced.

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Six Feet Under surfaces on Bravo

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 11th 2006 9:04AM
six feet under bravoBravo has the exclusive rights to air all 63 episodes of the HBO hit series, Six Feet Under. Bravo says it'll start airing the entire series sometime this year, possibly this fall, although the announcement doesn't give an exact date. HBO refuses to say exactly how much the syndication deal is worth but this report puts it at $15 million, or $250,000 an episode. HBO originally pimped out Six Feet Under for $450,000 but that was a little too rich for other networks' blood. As with Sex and the City, HBO has given Bravo the go-ahead to clean up the language and video.

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Earl, Office writers nominated for awards

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 15th 2005 2:14PM
dwightWriters for My Name is Earl, The Office, and Grey's Anatomy are getting some accolades for their good work on their successful new shows. The writing teams for those programs were nominated for Writers Guild of America awards. Earl writers received three different nominations, while Office and Anatomy writers were both nominated for two awards including best new series. Don't worry, shows like Lost and Arrested Development also were nominated. The awards will be handed out February 4 in LA and NY.

More categories and nominations are listed after the jump:

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On the 4th day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 13th 2005 5:08PM
six feet under...four killed-off characters.
  • Shannon, Lost  Shannon was the biggest bitch on the island until Ana Lucia came along and shot her. We will all miss Shannon and her sunbathing, her sneer, her clear, make-up free complexion, and her hallucinations. Shannon was preceded in death by her father and her step-brother, Boone, with whom she had a one-night stand before getting in a plane crash. She leaves behind a wicked stepmother and a really hot Iraqi.
  • Nick Stokes, CSI  One can only hope...
  • Michael Vaughn, Alias  He was hot. Really, really hot. And sexy. There was more to Vaughn than meets the eye. Just as everything was looking happy for him and Syd, he revealed that he was a double agent and his name was not Michael Vaughn. Then he got T-Boned in a car crash. And shot. He leaves behind a shocked fiance and the fruit of his loins.
  • Caleb Nichol, The O.C. Who will everyone love to hate now? Sure, his widow is a manipulative bitch, but she has some redeeming qualities, like the way she booted Jeri Ryan out of The O.C. before that storyline got even dumber. We will miss Caleb for the way that he drove his daughters to drugs and alcohol and his knack for ruining every family get-together. Caleb leaves behind a wife, two daughters, one of whom will no doubt be back soon since FOX cancelled her other show, and a goofball of a grandson.
  • Everyone, Six Feet Under  I fudged this one. Nate was the only one we saw die. The poor fella had only recently returned home, when his father died, to help his brother, David, manage the family funeral home. Over six years, he and his family managed to make a royal mess of their lives. The series ended with Nate dying of a brain hemorrhage. We also learned the fate of the rest of the family who die in the following order: Ruth, Keith, David, Rico, Brenda and Claire.
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Alan Ball does Southern Vampire

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 28th 2005 1:40PM
dead to the world coverTrust me, I know of the kind of rabid following that good producers get from fans, which is why I think you Six Feet Under folks will love this news. Producer Alan Ball, who also created Six Feet Under, has just signed a two year development deal with HBO to create a new project based on Southern Vampire, a series of novels from Charlaine Harris. The novels take place in a time when vampires and regular people live together, thanks to the invention of synthetic blood. It's not clear yet as to whether the project will be a single movie or a series.

[via Cynopsis]

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