Six Feet Under: The Complete First Season Until the Fishers came along, there was no particular reason to think that a series about a family of undertakers could be so messily, vibrantly… Six Feet Under: The Complete First Season Until the Fishers came along, there was no particular reason to think that a series about a family of undertakers could be so messily, vibrantly…
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Six Feet Under: The Complete First Season (2003)

Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, ... | 'UNDER' APPRECIATED The Fishers, one of TV's most finely crafted families
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'UNDER' APPRECIATED The Fishers, one of TV's most finely crafted families
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Feb 04, 2003; DVD Release Date: Feb 04, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated

Until the Fishers came along, there was no particular reason to think that a series about a family of undertakers could be so messily, vibrantly alive -- or so deeply, darkly funny. But ''Six Feet Under'' has made itself must-see TV by chronicling the gloriously messed-up personal lives of prodigal son Nate (Peter Krause), uptight good son David (Michael C. Hall), teen rebel Claire (Lauren Ambrose), and repressed matriarch Ruth (Frances Conroy), who grapple with everything from coming out of the closet to possible terminal illness, all while giving professional comfort to a parade of grieving customers. The show confronts death -- and, of course, life -- with an artful mix of irony, gallows humor, and heartbreaking poignance.

The boxed set Six Feet Under: The Complete First Season includes some entertaining audio commentaries by series creator Alan Ball, but, really, the extras are window dressing: Everything vital is right there in those stunning first 13 episodes.

Originally posted Feb 18, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints