'Six Feet Under' Delivers Brilliant, Bittersweet Ending

Tonight, HBO's Six Feet Under concluded its five year run ending its final season with a finale full of multiple closures wonderfully befitting the series. Series creator Alan Ball delivered an emotionally powerful finale to a season that began quite plainly and, for a time, seemed headed towards undramatic plainness. That all changed several weeks ago with the sudden death of one of the main characters in an episode which, on its own, would have made a fitting finale but Ball pressed on, raised the bar and, in a nod to life's inevitable finality, brought Six Feet Under to its death slowly, beautifully, hauntingly, painfully and eloquently. The series will be missed.

UPDATE: The intensely moving song which played during the final scene of the show is called "Breathe Me" by Sia and is available over at Stereogum.

by Steve Hall    Aug-21-05   Click to Comment   
Topic: Television   

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I couldn't agree more - it was a stunning end to the series

Posted by: Alexander on August 22, 2005 10:58 AM

I love this show. It was not until I woke up this morning and was feeling a bit sad that I realized how attached I was to the Fisher family and how much I was going to miss them. To me, that is the sign of a truly spectacular show. Bravo, Alan Ball, cast, and crew.

Posted by: Andrea on August 22, 2005 2:03 PM

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Posted by: ro diamond on August 22, 2005 3:02 PM

Good ridance to garbage. It is pathetic that real people have to live vicariously through garbage shows like this one. Now if we could get rid of the next twenty to thirty years or more of re-runs maybe we could get some decent programing.

Posted by: Ken on August 22, 2005 4:07 PM

Ken, have you watch ANYTHING on TV in the last ten years? The last 50? SFU is one of the best on anyone's list.

Posted by: Steve Hall on August 22, 2005 4:41 PM

Ranks up there with the Newhart finale for great endings.

Posted by: Jeremy Pepper on August 23, 2005 1:25 AM

My wife got me hooked.

Posted by: Pace on August 27, 2005 6:49 PM