Friday, February 22, 2008


I love "Six Feet Under." For some reason, I feel like this has become something that everyone just knows about me, but obviously, it isn't. And if you know me, you know that media - music, movies, TV - are something that I'm pretty passionate about (I love it or I hate it). So as much as I might think it's awful to say this, the entertainment I like goes a long way toward defining me.

"Six Feet Under" is, I believe without hesitation, the best television show ever created. I don't want to sit here and explain why: That just cheapens it and makes it sound really stupid and pretentious. But trust me. This is the best show, and if you haven't seen it, please, please try to find a way to watch it.

If you don't know "Six Feet Under," it's an HBO series that ran for five seasons, from 2000 to 2005, about a family living in and running a funeral home. Even if it wasn't the best show ever created, it was definitely, definitely the show with the very best series finale ever created. No question.

As soon as I discovered this show, midway through the second season, I watched every episode of it, maintaining an HBO subscription long past my ability to afford it just so I could continue to wait for the next SFU season to start. I did miss a few seasons because of moves and things that left me without HBO for a while, so as soon as I finished playing catch-up via Comcast OnDemand, I went to Amazon and ordered all five seasons on DVD. That was right before I moved (in my Prius, across the country, from west to east, for those of you who have seen the series finale - it wasn't intentional, just an eerie coincidence that I noticed the night before I moved). Anyway, I have spent the last four months rewatching the entire show, beginning to end, including directors' commentaries, and it has become such a big part of shaping my worldview that I feel like I need to go back to Season 1 Episode 1 as soon as possible and start again. I won't - I need to get a life - but I really want to.

(I am rewatching the final episode as I write this. Claire just said to her mom, "Thank you for everything. For giving me life!" And her mom just said, "You gave me life!")

I would offer to send everyone who's interested my DVDs so you can watch the whole thing, but a) I have hooked my mom and brother on it, so they get each season as I finish it, and b) I can't possibly send my precious SFU DVDs all over the place and risk them being damaged.

But seriously. Find a way to watch this show. From beginning to end. Please?


amelia said...

I will take your recommendation! And have I told you to watch "Pushing Daisies"...that is my recommendation for you.

Jason & Nicole said...

I'll have to check it out. It sounds interesting.