like Lisa's convenient disappearance/death and I didn't buy that she would have an affair with her brother in-law at all. Lili Taylor deserved better...
But yeah... great overall. Amazing ensemble and set of characters... some super emotional moments. Finale was great but not quite GOAT level for me... it's certainly a great episode with a fantastic final 10 minutes though.
MVP? Favorite episodes?
I find it almost impossible to choose an MVP... probably Rachel Griffiths or Frances Conroy since they were the most consistently great for me. But Hall and Krause aren't far behind... and James Cromwell was pretty fantastic in season 5. And of course Richard Jenkins was a treat every time he showed up... I know his death is the catalyst that gets the whole show going, but I really wish we could've seen a season with Nathaniel alive and interacting with the family (or hanging out alone in his room above the Indian restaurant).
The first two seasons are amazing, the third is pretty good, the fourth is kind of bad... while the fifth season is a return to excellence overall, nothing really beats those first two seasons.
I feel like the That's My Dog episode is sort of divisive, but I think it's the highlight of the rough fourth season.
Agreed that the first two seasons were great and make 3-4 seem worse in comparison. Season 2 ended in such a wild and amazing way I don't think they knew exactly where to go with it after that...
I didn't hate That's My Dog (though I didn't like it either), but it annoyed me that there were still repercussions for David from it all the way to the series finale. And how it was mainly done as an excuse to get Nate back into the business...
Post by ingmarhepburn on Jul 26, 2018 23:44:48 GMT
It's my favorite TV series of all time. I've seen it three times from start to finish, and this post almost made me want to see it again... It's just so affecting, powerful, well-written and phenomenally acted.
I honestly don't think (unlike others) that there were huge gaps in quality from one season to the other. I rate all of them pretty high. Even the least involving episodes had some great things about them, and even the least involving plotlines were there for a reason. This is the closest to perfection that a TV Show has ever been. They don't make them like this anymore, and probably never will...
The Pilot and the Finale are definitely my favorite episodes, not only from this show but of all the tv shows I've seen. As far as MVPs go, Rachel Griffiths is always my go-to answer for this. She had the most complex, layered and interesting character, and she played it to perfection. She owned seasons 1 and 2, and when she disappeared somewhere in season 3, I found myself wishing she could get back ASAP. Lauren Ambrose and Michael C. Hall are the ones that follow her; some of my favorite moments include at least one of them. Frances Conroy was also excellent; she had plenty of great scenes, but the ones that I enjoyed the most were definitely the ones with Claire (some of their mother-daughter interactions/dialogues make for some of the most heart-warming moments of the show). The rest of the cast was great too. Of all the minor characters/guest actors, the most memorable were Patricia Clarkson, Rainn Wilson, Joanna Cassidy and Richard Jenkins.
My all-time TV list needs re-working, but I'd say Six Feet Under hovers somewhere around the #30 mark. Seasons 1, 2 and 5 are mostly excellent and top-tier TV drama, with the latter being one of the best final seasons of TV I've seen (including one of the very best series finales).
Season 3 was alright but showed a very sudden decline, while Season 4 was problematic through and through, completely letting the show down. That Lisa subplot was probably the worst thing the show ever did, with its conclusion seemingly coming straight out of a particularly bad soap opera. I second that 'That's My Dog' was the season's highlight, although I even had issues with that.
Cast MVP goes to Michael C. Hall, but I also loved Ambrose and Griffiths. Everyone was strong, really.
Definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. I agree with everyone else that seasons 3 and 4 are the weakest (with season 4 easily being the show’s low point of melodrama), but there’s so much in the show that works really well. I love the entire cast and got super invested in their journeys. I very rarely cry during movies or shows. I’m not saying that with pride. It’s just a fact. A lot of films and shows make me feel sad but don’t result in me crying. Six Feet Under is an exception. The series finale made me cry like no other show had ever done. Really amazing show. Hope to give it a rewatch sometime because it’s been like 5 years now.
The first two seasons are among the best TV ever if you ask me.
Season 3 took a definite dip, but I seem to remember (I haven't watched it in over a decade, my memory is hazy) thinking it picked up the longer that it went, and building around the disappearance gave it a much needed kick in the ass.
I thought season 4 was pretty unbearable. Far too bleak, with far too little working in its favour (though the revelation at the end if also pretty great).
Season 5 was a massive return to form, and I think close enough to the level of the fist two to be one of the great close out seasons. The final run of episodes from NARM onwards are just riveting. I think I watched the last 7 episodes all in one sitting.
I always liked Hall the best, but that whole PTSD thing in season 4 totally kicked him off the fucking rails. Griffiths and Conroy would be the other two in the MVP club for me.
Favourite episodes off the top of my head - Familia, Driving Mr. Mossback, The Invisible Woman, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, I'm Sorry I'm Lost, Falling Into Place, A Coat of White Primer, The Rainbow of Her Reasons, All Alone.
Finished it last week. Overall I really loved it. There were definitely some weaker storylines (put me in the camp that strongly disliked That's My Dog...), but the great ones more than made up for it. It's definitely a trailblazer of a show especially with regard to David and Keith's relationship. Having an organic, realistic gay couple (interracial even) as central characters alone deserves all the applause. And of course the finale slayed.
MVP would be Michael C. Hall. Great performance and a game-changing role in television. Frances Conroy and Rachel Griffiths would be #2 and #3 for me. James Cromwell, Richard Jenkins, and Patricia Clarkson were all brilliant as well.