Every TV Show Should End Like Six Feet Under

Classic HBO drama Six Feet under had one of the best finales in TV history. What can other shows learn from it?

Actors Peter Krause (L) and Richard Jenkins (R) are shown in a scene from the HBO series "Six Feet Under". The series, about a family who owns a funeral home received 23 Emmy nominations, including for best dramatic series, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences July 18, 2002 in Los Angeles, California.
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This article contains spoilers for the Six Feet Under series finale.

Every episode of Six Feet Under begins with an ending.

While not as well-regarded as its early 2000s HBO drama brethren The Sopranos and The Wire, Six Feet Under is still an important part of HBO, and therefore television, history. It’s also very good, as Netflix subscribers can now find out thanks to Warner Bros. Discovery’s content-sharing initiative with the streamer. (Previous HBO titles moving to Netflix include Band of Brothers and Ballers).

Created by Alan Ball (True Blood), Six Feet Under premiered on June 3, 2001 and followed the Fisher family as they tried to keep the family business of Fisher & Sons Funeral Home together after the death of paterfamilias Nate Sr. (Richard Jenkins). Naturally for a show set in a funeral home, the opening minutes of each Six Feet Under installment features a death that will produce a corpse for the Fisher family to prep for burial, starting with Nate Sr. himself and continuing on through five more seasons of anonymous stiffs.


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