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The Crows Come Home to Roost: The Death of Lisa Kimmel Fisher

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Better Living Through Therapy: Six Feet Under’s “The Plan”

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Margaret Chenowith: “Six Feet Under’s” Resident Existentialist

The bitter taste that the existentialist worldview may leave in some people’s mouths can be compared to the sting we feel when we meet Margaret Chenowith, the eternally cackling, gleefully hedonistic, complexly troubled mother of Brenda.

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Think Big Fisher, Think Different!

Minor in name only, the many minor characters of Six Feet Under play a crucial role in foregrounding the foibles, dilemmas and defining features of the Fishers.

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The Madness of Minor Characters

The oddness of minor characters on Six Feet Under often led to the Fishers acting not quite like themselves, illuminating just how normal they were when compared to the rest of the world.

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Six Feet Under presents one of the most beautiful, honest and painful views into sibling relationships ever presented on television.

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Reconsidering Ruth: Reflecting on Motherhood in ‘Six Feet Under’

Though Six Feet Under does perceptibly depict Ruth attempting to find herself outside of her at time stifling domestic role, she ultimately finds her fulfillment and passion through her role as mother and in her relationships with her children.

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For comedians like Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher and others, the non-rational beliefs and behaviors that religion fosters are, from a “material” perspective, manna from heaven.

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7 Nov 2011 // 10:00 PM

The Book of Ruth

A decade on, Ruth Fisher, the deceptively buttoned-down, wildly unpredictable matriarch on Six Feet Under, remains a singular representation of motherhood on television.

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The tumultuous, but loving, relationships within the Fisher family illustrate Six Feet Under's complex and often contradictory views of the well-lived life.

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Funeral Songs: The Music of ‘Six Feet Under’

Two specific sequences from two separate episodes of Six Feet Under illustrate the show's complex and sophisticated use of popular music as both dramatic dramatic device and cultural signifier.

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Bravo’s schadenfreude is such a fundamental part of Real Housewives that every episode unavoidably concerns a tragic figure that never appears on screen and cannot defend the character assassination the show perpetuates.

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The Funeral Parlor Palette: Color Symbolism in ‘Six Feet Under’

The use of a symbolically coded color palette in Six Feet Under adds a subtle dimension of depth to an already complex and rich array of characters.

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