As you may know by one of my former posts I was looking for new series to fill my day (and I still am, so if you know some new series that you can recommend, do not hesitate to comment, mail, jabber or contact me by any other way, that you desire).
I now started watching one of these new series, that I wanted to watch anyway. Six feet under. Even though I am not gone far with watching yet, I already have an opinion, which is not bad. So in this post I would like to present it to you.
The expression “Six feet under” is a typical English one, an euphemism for saying that somebody’s dead. It is the depth that you burry a coffin in.
The series was produces from 2001-2005 by HBO, a private pay TV station. It tells the story about the Fishers family, who run a funeral home as a family business, called “Fisher and Sons”, where they do everything from hosting the funeral service (at their home), the burring, the restoration of the dead body, etc.
The series starts at Christmas and shows the life of the family Fisher. In the first few Minutes you already realise, that this family does not fit together and that there would hardly be a harmonic family life.
The mother Ruth, and the second born son David Fisher, seem to be quite stiff and conservative persons, who always stick to the rules and never do something unexpected or strange. The other two children of the Fishers, Nate the firstborn son and Claire, the daughter, and youngest child in contrary are totally different. While Nate hated the family work, and moved out as soon as he could and did not even dare to hold the contact (despite for visiting during family festivals as Christmas), Claire’s still at school though she doesn’t want to. She is rebellic and smokes, and takes drugs, etc.
The head of the family Nathaniel Fisher just bought a new funeral coach and was on his way back home. On his cell phone was Ruth his wife, who heard him smoking. They had a discussion about smoking leading to death, and Nathaniel puts his cigarette off, just to put on another one after hanging up. Ironically, this cigarette leads to his death, as he did not see the bus while lighting the cigarett. He is immediatly dead – and what should have become a horrible Christmas feast, now becomes an even worse experience as all the other family members need to get along with each other.
Soon more and more secrets are revealed. Nate, the cool guy – the typical womanizer, who seemed to be doing what he wanted was just running away, because he was afraid of dealing with death people. The mother Ruth had a one year affair with another guy. David is gay., etc.
And now this family has to go on running that family business, as this was the last will of the father.
The series starts as a series with quite a big package of black humor, but then becomes more and more serious which in my opinion is quite a pity. Especially the first episode had a quite nice idea – in regular breaks there was shown a commercial on funeral products, such as this or this. Unfortunately they did not keep that idea for the following episodes. But therefore they decided to start each episode with a dead – sometimes a really dramatically dead, sometimes a quite wired dead, which you normally don’t have twice.
On the other side it is also quite serious and shows the problems that a typical family encounters, and especially a family that makes it money with the dead of other people. It therefore also deals with moral questions and the problems a business has.
All in all it is quite nice series. The actors do a really good job, the storyline is continous, but not as strict, as e.g. Friends, which I also like quite much.
So, in conclusion I am quite happy to found this Series and look forward to the next episodes (there are 5 seasons in all, with approx. 15 episodes for each season, as far as I understood it).
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