Cast: Peter Krause, Frances Conroy, Michael C. Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Freddy Rodriguez, Matthew St. Patrick, Jeremy Sisto, Richard Jenkins
- Air Dates: June 2001 - August 2005
A darkly comic look at the Fishers, a dysfunctional family who own and operate an independent funeral home in Los Angeles. Patriarch Nathaniel Fisher is no longer living (except in the hearts and visions of his family). So his wife Ruth, sons Nate and David, and daughter Claire are left to cope with the routine and not-so-routine aspects of life in the grief-management business. Six Feet Under's cast includes Peter Krause as elder son Nate Fisher who struggles to balance his career as a co-owner of Fisher & Sons with a complicated family life that includes sudden fatherhood; Frances Conroy as Ruth Fisher, the family matriarch, who wants, more than anything else, to have close relationships with her children and grandchild; Michael C. Hall as younger son David Fisher, who has come out of the closet and moved in with his partner, the emotionally troubled Keith Charles (Mathew St. Patrick); Lauren Ambrose as Claire Fisher, the restless and artistically gifted teenage daughter.
The Fishers' lives are intertwined with friends and loved ones, both living and deceased; Lili Taylor as Lisa, Nate's old friend from Seattle who is the mother of his infant daughter; Freddy Rodriguez as Federico Diaz, the young mortician and family man who has risen from employee of Fisher & Sons to partner; Justina Machado as Federico's strong-willed wife, Vanessa; Patricia Clarkson as Sarah O'Connor, Ruth's younger and seemingly free-spirited sister; Rachel Griffiths as Nate's one-time fiancee, Brenda Chenowith, whose relationships with her own family - especially her mother, Margaret (Joanna Cassidy)- might be more dysfunctional than any of the Fishers'; and Richard Jenkins as Nathaniel Fisher Sr., the deceased patriarch, who reappears in flashbacks and daydream-like visitations, serving both as a comfort and conscience to those he left behind.