This show was rough for me, and I say that because of how well it was done. All of the actors in the show's performances were unbelievably wonderful. And they were all so disturbingly flawed. They gave such good performances and seemed to become those people that it gave me anxiety because I felt like I was watching a documentary of people that were legitimately falling apart at the seams. David's kidnapping probably disturbed me the most out of everything in that show. I almost couldn't finish the episode. What a brilliantly fucked up show.
Great show, but still horribly underrated because it was overshadowed by other critically acclaimed tv shows that were on air during that period. The timing was not right. Maybe if it premiered after The Sopranos or even now, it would've caught more traction.
As for my favorite episode, it's the one about the Santa biker. So sad and beautiful at the same time. I still tear up every time I watch it.
At the time I watched it, season 4 just started. I really felt like it was the best show I had ever seen. It was thoughtful and unexpected. Shit. I love that show.
I liked it, but it could get a little melodramatic at points, and I really didn't like any of the characters.
It was really good. Some seasons were better than others. Brenda and what’s-his-face got annoying.
People always bring up the S5 finale, but I've always felt that the S4 finale summed it up a lot more elegantly:
> "You can do anything, you lucky bastard, you're alive! What's a little pain compared to that?"
> "It can't be so simple."
> "What if it is?"
I'm currently watching the series for the first time. I'm at the beginning of season 4 and I fucking love this show. I relate to Nate the most.
This show is hands down one of the greatest shows I think that will ever grace the airwaves. The ensemble of the cast is what makes it for me, they play out Alan Balls drama with such rawness and power- I think Frances Conroy as the matriarch has a lot of moments throughout the series. Watching the "epilogue" at the end of the finale, I can't ever keep myself from crying my eyes out. As viewer, you come to care for these characters more than you have on any other show.
I've gotten that reaction myself. Honestly, I think it's more for those whose baseline is a little more on the jaded side than most. We all have to lie to ourselves to keep ourselves sane and I think some don't want to step outside of some of those walls. Also, if you're looking for a fast-moving plot, not for you. It's more character driven than anything else, so you have to be okay really getting inside the good, the bad and the ugly of people.
I recognize it as a great show, but I personally couldn't watch it. They did TOO good of a job playing incredibly flawed and dysfunctional people. I watch tv, if at all, to unwind and the storylines I gravitate towards tend to be paint a hopeful picture of the future.
Butchering people as Dexter was totally fine though. Welcome to America!
The greatest show that ever existed imo.
Loved it. One of the best endings to a show I've seen.
Six Feet Under is one of the best dramas ever and there has never been a show that makes you grow so attached to the characters. Mad Men might be second but it's a distant one. I truly felt like I was a member of that family by the end of the show, and I felt everything like that was true. SFU is a marvel of modern entertainment and IMO one of the great artistic achievements of the modern age.
One of the all time great tv shows . One of the best tv shows on HBO and HBO has had great tv shows. It had great series finale and well written characters. It is unbelievable how Michael C Hall did not win an Emmy for his portrayal of David Fisher.
I love the show and it is one of the best of their time, but i must say that one thing i hated about SFU was the whole arc with Lisa.
She was mostly boring, her relationship with Nate is the worst of the show and when i started to like her, [spoiler](#s "she was killed and that revelation, a season after, was made. It would fit perfectly if she killed herself or had an accident while trying suicide. But no. It was an affair who killed her, dont know why, and her sister knew it and did nothing, i dont know why, while it seemed their daugther was crazy trying to tell David and Nate this story"). It was a Very bad development of a plot that could've been great
By the way, a trivia about the show is that the actress who portrayed Lisa did not knew that she was in [spoiler](#s "An affair with her brother-in-law, was going to be killed by him and probably implied Maya is his daugther.") This actress said that she would portayed antoher way if she had knew about it.
Also, I absolutely love Brenda, the best character of the show. She starts as a manipulative bitch kinda sociopathic ( and funny) to became someone trying get rid of her demons and get better, in a honest way. To me, she was afraid to became her selfish and absent mother (favourite minor character, by the way), so she tried be more selfless, loveable and happier.
Amazing, but very difficult show for me to watch when it was on based on what I was going through. The ending is the best ever of all time. It may feel a somewhat dated now.
Great show with good characters and great character development and easily the best ending in tv history.
While there's a definite dip during the Brenda sex addiction arc, the show did finish strong and has what I consider to be the best final episode of any series I've watched.
I really wonder sometimes how people would have seen Six Feet Under if it would've aired a few years later, when we got used to genuinely great TV shows. Back then there were barely any worth mentioning (other than certain other HBO shows), but today there's almost too many great shows out there.
And I feel like Six Feet Under would've been mentioned right among the likes of Breaking Bad or Mad Men as one of the all-time greats. But now the show is in this odd spot of being some kind of barely known insider tip that very few people have watched, even on here, despite its outstanding quality.
Also, if you are a big fan of the show, do yourself a favor and have a look at the companion book, [Six Feet Under: Better Living Through Death](https://www.amazon.com/Six-Feet-Under-Better-Through/dp/0743480651
). It's not one of those books that's a bunch of screenshots from the show with some unimportant accompanying text. It's 100% new, original content in the form of (fictional) newspaper articles, handwritten letters from and to the main characters throughout their lives, ads, etc.
Want to read Claire's short stories mentioned in the show? Love letters between Nathaniel and Ruth while he was in Vietnam? Excerpts from that book about Brenda? It's all there. It's amazing how much effort went into that book.
I cant never get into it...the acting is somehow cheesy..will it get better after couple few episodes?
It's my favourite show of all time, and I LOVE 15-20 shows very passionately. It just hit me on such a deep level. It changed my life, really.
I think it rewards the patient. It's "slow" to some, but it needs to be. It's not for everybody, but for the patient and the passionate I think it really rewards them.
Everything is top notch. The writing is astounding, and everything is handled tenderly, despite it being kind of a fucked-up show. It's special. It's more than a show to me.
This is hands-down one of my all-time top 5 favorite shows. It's up there with Breaking Bad and GOT in my book. Anytime someone says they've never seen SFU, I get so jealous because watching it for the first time is probably one of the best TV experiences I've had. The finale, alone, is one of, if not the best, television finales ever.