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Blood and Thunder: Clutch Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em!

Mastodon may be American metal giants, but based on their Saskatchewan gig with Clutch, they could learn a thing or two from their cult favorite Maryland comrades.

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

In the episode "The Plan", Ruth's humorous attempt at self-actualization and self-discovery at a self-help seminar reflects television's ingestion of and obsession with society's therapeutic culture.

Melissa Crawley
Television

Defying Convention: "Six Feet Under" and the Unreliable Narrator

A pivotal, emotionally raw argument late in the second season of Six Feet Under completely undermines our perceptions of Nate and Brenda's primal and toxic relationship, illuminating the way the show plays havoc with our sympathies and televisual convention.

Sarah Terez Rosenblum
Television

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.

Kristin Rodier
Television

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.

Rose Capp
Television

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.

Thembi Ford
Television

Drifting Together, Drifting Apart: Sibling Bonds on 'Six Feet Under'

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

Brian Salvatore
Television

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.

Anna Marie Bautista
Television

You Can't Fix Death: Living Life, Fisher Style

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

Thomas Lofton McLean
Music

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.

Jer Fairall
Television

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.

Peg Aloi
Television

'Six Feet Under' and the Funeral Industry

Six Feet Under brought the stark, unglamorous realities of death and dying into living rooms, and shed light on the often times vicious business of the funeral industry.

s.e. smith
Television

Living the Scream: How 'Six Feet Under' Woke TV from the Dream

Six Feet Under went straight for the jugular of the American Dream, daring to suggest it less an ongoing embarrassment of riches, more a shame-filled endurance of unease.

Steve Jansen
Television

All Things Reconsidered: Six Feet Under

Over the next several weeks, PopMatters will be presenting a series of essays exploring Six Feet Under from the show’s gestation and evolution in regards to HBO’s rise as a haven of quality original programming, all the way to its transcendent final six minutes, which set the bar for perfection of a series finale.

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‘Your Whole Life Is Leading Up to This’: Developing 'Six Feet Under' at HBO

Kicking off our Six Feet Under series... Like its fellow HBO series, Six Feet Under blurred genre categories, merging elements of soap opera and serialized broadcast dramas alongside nods to art-house cinema and modernist theater.

Gareth James
Television

Brava, Bravo!

Those Bravo executives are tricksters, fooling me into believing familiarity breeds contentment, not contempt. I'm totally hooked.

Television

Art Portraiture and Photography in Six Feet Under

An examination of Claire's portraiture in Six Feet Under.

Music

Sia: Lady Croissant

Furler bends her vowels to the point that her words become nigh-unintelligible, perhaps to make up for the fact that every single song in the live set is a lush, slow-to-mid-tempo affair.

Mike Schiller
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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's lack of delicacy is easy to mistake for exploitation. Where other shows hint, this one acts out.

Ryan Vu
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Six Feet Under

Four years of torturing the Fishers has worn my patience thin.

Ben Taylor
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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under has become crass, each episode an empathy decathlon topped off with ghoulishly deferred catharsis.

Terry Sawyer
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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under's challenging third season reminds us that the gulf between it and rest of the widgets that pass for television shows is monumental.

James Oliphant

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