One of TV's most acclaimed dramas, the Emmy®- and Golden Globe®-winning Six Feet Under was created and executive produced by the Oscar®-winning writer of American Beauty, Alan Ball. Six Feet Under focuses on the cathartic journey of the Fisher family, whose personal trials and tribulations are played out against the reflective backdrop of an independent funeral home in LA.
The series centers on Ruth Fisher and her children Nate, David, and Claire as they navigate life after the unexpected death of family patriarch Nathaniel Sr. Each character deals with love, loss and self discovery in a number of emotional scenarios across the show’s five seasons. By series’ end, each of the main characters will come to embrace the cycle of life -- birth, death, and rebirth -- in ways that are both unique and interconnected.
A breakout hit for HBO, Six Feet Under was created, co-written and executive produced by Alan Ball, who wrote the hit film American Beauty, winner of five Oscars® including Best Picture and Original Screenplay. In 2004, the Producers Guild of America honored Ball and fellow Six Feet Under executive producers Alan Poul, Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari with the Norman Pelton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Drama.
In 2004, Frances Conroy won a for Golden Globes® for Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her portrayal of Ruth. The series also won three Screen Actors Guild Awards (Conroy and the ensemble cast in both 2003 and 2004. During its run, the series received 53 Emmy® nominations and nine wins along with eight Golden Globes® nominations and three wins.
Six Feet Under’s acclaimed cast regulars include Peter Krause (Parenthood) as elder son Nate, struggling to find happiness and healthy relationships; Frances Conroy (American Horror Story) as matriarch Ruth, keeping her family together after the death of her husband; Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as younger son David, coming to terms with his sexuality through his relationship with boyfriend Keith (Mathew St. Patrick), a member of the LAPD; Lauren Ambrose (The X-Files) as rebellious daughter Claire, pushing the envelope with her art; Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters, Golden Globe® winner for this role) as Brenda, Nate’s emotionally complex partner; Freddy Rodriguez (The Night Shift) as mortician Federico Diaz, supporting his young family; and Justina Machado as Vanessa, a nurse and Federico’s wife.
All-star returning guests include Kathy Bates (HBO Films' Warm Springs, Oscar® for Misery) as Bettina, Ruth's pal; Joanna Cassidy (Under Fire) as Brenda's mother Margaret; Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Arthur, an intern at the funeral home; Peter MacDissi as Olivier, Claire’s teacher; Patricia Clarkson (Emmy® for this role, The Station Agent) as Sarah, Ruth's sister; Jeremy Sisto (Thirteen) as Billy Chenowith, Brenda's unstable brother; Catherine O'Hara (Schitt’s Creek) as Carol, and Richard Jenkins (Me, Myself & Irene) as Nathaniel Fisher..
Notable show directors include Kathy Bates, Mary Harron (HBO Films' The Notorious Bettie Page) and Joshua Marston (HBO Films' Maria Full of Grace), with Six Feet Under executive producer Alan Poul directing select episodes, and creator Alan Ball directing the finale.