Six Feet Under

2001 • HBO
497 reviews
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Season 2 episodes (13)

1 In the Game
In the Season Two premiere, a young actress's death prompts her castmates from a slasher film to pitch in (more or less) for a cheap funeral at Fisher & Sons. Meanwhile, Ruth arranges a dinner for Nate, David and Claire--and their significant others.
2 Out, Out Brief Candle
A football player's death bothers Nate, who earlier learned of his own potentially fatal condition. Meanwhile, Federico's request to borrow money from Nate and David is rejected, and he later learns of their newest purchase: a 'casket wall' display.
3 The Plan
The death of a psychic's husband sparks some interesting conversation. Meanwhile, Ruth is changed after attending a lengthy self-actualization seminar; Claire is upset to learn that her guidance counselor has betrayed her confidence.
4 Driving Mr. Mossback
Nate brings Claire to his old stomping ground in Seattle to help him retrieve the body of a man who feared flying. There, they stay with Lisa (Lili Taylor), a woman who still carries a torch for Nate.
5 The Invisible Woman
Ruth takes a personal interest in the death of a woman who has no friends or relatives. Meanwhile, Brenda's search for a literary muse prompts her to turn to one of her massage clients and Nate's relationship with Brenda takes an unexpected turn.
6 In Place of Anger
Mitzi Huntley arrives back in Nate and David's lives thanks to a comparison-shopping widow. Ruth's estranged sister Sarah arrives for a visit. A vodka-fueled family dinner casts a pall over Nate and Brenda's happy news.
7 Back to the Garden
A Jewish funeral at Fisher & Sons leads Nate to seek spiritual guidance from an intense female rabbi. Claire meets a guy while visiting her Aunt Sarah. A medical emergency prompts David to consider giving his relationship with Keith another shot.
8 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The Christmas season marks the anniversary of Nathaniel's death...and gets everyone thinking about their last moments with him. Meanwhile, Nate and Brenda are shocked by Margaret Chenowith's Christmas Eve guest.
9 Someone Else's Eyes
Ruth continues to help an injured Nikolai recover, but her patience is tested when she learns how he broke his legs. Brenda's escapades help her to write, but her feelings about being engaged grow more muddled--especially after Billy's release.
10 The Secret
David and Keith continue trying to iron out their problems...and Karla has a secret that isn't going to make things any better. Meanwhile, Claire takes a curious approach to photography and Brenda's engagement anxiety leads her on a sexual adventure.
11 The Liar and the Whore
Nate and Brenda find comfort in Rabbi Ari's advice. Ruth's need to control the lives of Nikolai and Claire leads her to a surprising self-assessment. Federico's suspicions about an elderly woman's death lead him to place Vanessa under scrutiny.
12 I'll Take You
Claire begins to find some direction in her life, and a newly serious Billy is an unlikely choice to help. Tensions between Nate and Brenda finally come to a head, while Keith has a problem that threatens everything he has worked for with David.
13 The Last Time
In the Season Two finale, Fisher & Sons is the subject of an unannounced inspection, which proves surprisingly beneficial for Federico. Meanwhile, Claire's art-school interview takes an unexpected turn, and things grow tense between Keith and David.

About this show

When death is your business, what is your life? From Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter Alan Ball ('American Beauty') comes this drama series that takes a darkly comic look at a dysfunctional L.A. family that runs a funeral business.

Ratings and reviews

497 reviews
Christy Abbott
August 1, 2015
This is a show that I am absolutely glad I watched. The first season is a bit slow but only because there are so many characters and each is given time to develop. Once you know the characters, well, you can't wait to see each episode. This family is weird and lovable all at the same time. Some of the best acting, directing, and writing I've experienced and highly recommend it. I would not recommend it for young children due to the language, brief nudity, and yelling/fighting. I don't think I've seen a show wrap up with such depth and beauty. Class A job to all involved!!!
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A Google user
January 19, 2018
Bloody brilliant contrast and development of characters. I love the frequent situational irony in many of the episodes, and everything about it is just spot on, yet not too predictable. I love it. Six Feet Under has made me cringe, laugh and cry, and feel a wide range of other emotions. Kudos to Alan Ball for being able to put together such a magnificent series.
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Truth B Told
November 24, 2018
Previously I kept it short and sweet and called this show the best series ever, but it is more than that. Its profound, humorous at times, dark, eye opening, tragic, and beautiful. People are all of these things, and everyone should see it.
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