Six Feet Under: Photograph by Tom Bonner
Dan Snierson
March 08, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Perhaps you’ve dreamed about lounging at Central Perk with the ”Friends” or hanging on the dingy couch with the kids from ”That ’70s Show.” But here’s one Hollywood set we bet you’re not dying to experience firsthand: the ”prep room” on HBO’s funeral-home family drama ”Six Feet Under.” Located on Stage 3 at L.A.’s Sunset-Gower Studios, the Fisher basement is where dead bodies are drained, preserved, and otherwise readied for the afterlife. ”It’s a little ‘Silence of the Lambs’-esque,” observes Michael C. Hall (mortician David Fisher), ”but the more time I’ve spent here, the more it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, this is where I work.”’ Indeed, the area isn’t designed to evoke only the willies. ”I wanted it to seem timeless — a bit of mad scientist, a bit of hospital, a bit of work space,” says ”SFU” creator Alan Ball. Adds original production designer Marcia Hinds: ”There’s a lot of texture in the room — a lot of tile, a lot of brick — so even though it’s a sterile environment, architecturally it still has warmth to it.” Guess if you’re willing to overlook the carcasses and emergency eyewash station, this is a place you could call home.

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