Grateful Dad #10.24: Rewatching Six Feet Under on Netflix

April 21, 2024

Grateful for the joy of rediscovering Six Feet Under on Netflix.

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of rewatching Six Feet Under on Netflix. It’s one of my favorite series so I was excited to watch it again at my own pace and without interruptions. You see, I first saw Six Feet Under on HBO via our local cable TV provider in Nueva Ecija. I saw teasers of the series and it certainly caught my attention because of its unique setup; a funeral home. The funeral home is owned by the Fisher family, the series’ central character. Six Feet Under is not a horror or a mystery series; it’s in fact, a family drama. What I like about it though is how the series weaves death into the central theme of each episode.

Grateful Dad #10.24: Rewatching Six Feet Under on Netflix

Grateful Dad #10.24: Rewatching Six Feet Under on Netflix

There are morbid scenes, which I liked, and there are also glimpses of what goes on in the whole process of funeral planning until the burial of the deceased whose death happens during the opening scene of each episode. On the whole, Six Feet Under talks about conflicts between individuals, families, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. Those conflicts happen every day and all the time, but we all have a way of handling those conflicts based on our values and upbringing.

At times, the reactions of the main characters to the situations can be upsetting but, again, that’s human nature. Just the same, there are also a lot of funny situations in Six Feet Under and that’s what I liked about it; it’s not heavy drama. Among the characters though, I’ve always liked the perspective of Ruth Fisher (played by Frances Conroy) because it’s a different take on things. Ruth’s responses may be deemed unpopular or even unconventional but they will always make you say, “She’s right, why didn’t I think of that?”. Again, in a lot of ways, many of us are like Ruth – misunderstood, unheard, and stereotyped.

I also like Claire Fisher (played by Lauren Ambrose) – free-spirited, opinionated, an artist, and a dreamer. She was headstrong in pursuing her dreams but had to take detours because, well, life doesn’t always go the way we want it to.

On a different note, I was in my third year of college when I watched Six Feet Under but would miss some episodes if I wasn’t able to go home on weekends. Eventually, in the last two seasons of Six Feet Under, I only saw a handful of episodes so I couldn’t already understand the story at that point. And sadly, I wasn’t able to watch the last episode of Six Feet Under. YouTube wasn’t popular yet during that time so I really didn’t know what happened to the Fisher family anymore.

Having said that, you can imagine my excitement when I saw Six Feet Under listed on Netflix. I was having second thoughts about watching it again because I was so busy with work during the first quarter of this year. Anyway, I’m glad that I rewatched it because it helped me survive the first quarter of this year. It took my mind off work and it finally satisfied my curiosity about what had happened during the last few episodes of Six Feet Under. Rewatching it was definitely worth my time.

Also, since I have a different perspective now as compared to my younger self, the situations (and even the drama) in Six Feet Under are more relatable.

If you want to watch Six Feet Under, it’s still available on Netflix.

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