Michael C Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Frances Conroy and Peter Krause in Six Feet Under.
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In Memoriam: ‘Six Feet Under’ Cast Eulogizes HBO’s Late, Great Reminder to Live

The concept was short and simple: a series set in a family-run funeral home.

In poetic fashion, nearly every episode of HBO’s Six Feet Under begins with the end of somebody’s life. Created by Alan Ball, the show focused on the Fisher family, an emotionally repressed and highly dysfunctional clan whose lives revolved around the grief and guts of the funeral business. Within the first five minutes of the show, we have our first death, and a significant one: Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. (played by Richard Jenkins), the Fisher family figurehead, is killed when a bus smashes into the hearse he driving.

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