Six Feet Under: Season 5 (2005)

Season 5
Six Feet Under

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Six Feet Under offers a fitting end for the Fishers by concluding the way it began: an unexpectedly beautiful rumination on life, death and grief.



Critic Ratings: 34


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Air date: Jun 6, 2005

David and Keith consider starting a family. Elsewhere, Nate and Brenda get ready for their wedding; George enters the hospital; and Federico explores Internet dating. Sharon: Jenna Fischer. Billy: Jeremy Sisto. Margaret: Joanna Cassidy.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2005

George's daughter brings Ruth some relief; Brenda gets a rude awakening on the first day of her internship; a freewheeling artist is puzzled by Billy's cautious career path; David asks Claire for a difficult favor; and Nate finds he has little in common with an old friend from high school. Maggie: Tina Holmes. Sharon: Jenna Fischer. Tom: Sean O'Bryan. Wolf: Rhys Coiro.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2005

Federico meets the life of the party at a mortician conference; David and Keith interview a surrogate mother; Ruth discovers more evidence of George's instability; Nate and Maggie share stories of personal tragedy; and Claire and Billy ponder their future. Angela: Illeana Douglas. Maggie: Tina Holmes. Mary: Jennifer Elise Cox.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2005

Ruth relishes her time away from George with her knitting group; Claire wonders what's happened to Billy; Brenda has some surprises for Nate on his 40th birthday; Keith and David spend quality time with Roger's family; and Rico is thrilled to tuck his boys in at night. Jackie: Anne Ramsay. Maggie: Tina Holmes. Sissy: Julie Brown.

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Air date: Jul 4, 2005

David and Keith are anxious for a report from Mary; Vanessa is not pleased by Rico's reaction to their son's misbehavior at school; Ruth discovers another way to relax without George; and Billy invites Claire to dinner. Maggie: Tina Holmes. Mary: Jennifer Elise Cox. Margaret: Joanna Cassidy.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2005

Ruth is delighted when her sister Sarah calls; Claire finds a way to keep her money problems at bay; Nate reminisces about his love life; Brenda takes time out for herself; and Federico entertains an interesting offer. Sarah: Patricia Clarkson. Maggie: Tina Holmes. Vanessa: Justina Machado.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2005

Ruth distracts herself with a busy schedule, but it doesn't leave much room to relax; David and Keith have some trouble on the home front; Claire meets a fresh face at her new job. Vanessa: Justina Machado. Margaret: Joanna Cassidy.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2005

Claire has a feeling of déjà vu when she invites a co-worker to an art-school exhibition; Brenda hears important news from her doctor and her boss; and a funeral presents a cultural hurdle for Fisher and Diaz. Ted: Chris Messina. Jackie: Anne Ramsay.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2005

After a bumpy start, David and Keith finally settle into a rhythm at home with Durrell and Anthony; Claire is surprised to find a common interest with Ted; Ruth heads back to nature; and Federico figures out Vanessa's motives. Ted: Chris Messina. Maggie: Tina Holmes.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2005

Maya has a tough question for Brenda; Claire finds Ted (Chris Messina) comforting; Keith makes an embarrassing discovery; Bettina (Kathy Bates) cares for Ruth; and Maggie (Tina Holmes) is rebuffed.

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The fifth and final series of this macabre drama sees the Fisher family come to terms with the end.

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Critic Reviews for Six Feet Under Season 5

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (24)

Ball does such a good job of providing closure, and leaving characters and viewers with a memorable last chapter, that "Six Feet Under" instantly claims third place on the list of most memorable series finales.

Nov 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Six Feet Under rode to an end with an operatic, bittersweet, and deeply satisfying climax.

Nov 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Let me say right up front that somehow Alan Ball, the creator/writer found a way to push the envelope so far that we were all left speechless. And breathless.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Six Feet Under is back for another season of harsh life lessons and deliciously dark humour. It has been far too long.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Immensely smart and elegiac. It is a fitting conclusion to what has been a magnificent fifth season for the drama.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

The series (which underwent a creative resurrection this season) should go down in history as having the least nostalgia-laden finale in TV history.

Mar 30, 2020 | Full Review…

After dedicating four seasons to watching them lose loved ones, discover painful things about themselves and desperately try to change their self-destructive ways, it practically seems mandatory to discover how their journey ends.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I'd put the last 10 minutes of that finale up against any series finale - it was simply the perfect way to end the show, and I'm so glad "Six Feet Under" went out on a high note.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Six Feet Under offered prime-time television viewers an unblinking vision of death and perhaps a better understanding of life.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The entire series is highly recommended, but Season Five is an exceptional achievement.

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

You don't complain that your diamond could be bigger or that it's one facet isn't as shiny as the others; it's still a diamond.

Nov 7, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Six Feet Under shows all of the unexpected surprises that come with losing a loved one, and reinforces the idea that these things are normal.

Nov 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Six Feet Under: Season 5

  • Oct 11, 2015
    One of the best TV series ever deserves the most amazing ending too. Season 5 of Six Feet Under is simply one of the greatest TV season ever, thank you Alan Ball.
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  • Sep 27, 2020
    As people already mentioned hundreds of times, it's probable one of the best series finale of all time. The whole season was as good as the previous ones. There's no villain, there's no hero. We have ordinary people trying to find their way through their weaknesses, dreams and flaws. It doesn't always work the way they want, but they adjust, live and try to make it better, even if it means taking leap of faith or a step back. The final 6 minutes of the episode are perfectly done. A bittersweet reminder of grief, loss, relationships, lives and our own mortality.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    Just finished binging all five seasons of Six Feet Under. Pretty good series, 3.5 to 4 stars, with some episodes much better than others. One thing this show absolutely abused was characters day dreaming, or waking up from a dream. I mean, once every few episodes is okay... but these directors use it every freaking episode, three to four times per episode. I remember it got so bad that it is sometimes difficult to differentiate from what is real and what is a dream. For example the first episode of season 2 where they time jump to Nate and Lisa being happily married with the baby I figured it was just a long dream episode. It took a few episodes to realize that it was not a dream and it was actually real. So I had to go back and watch those episodes again which was irritating. I can remember the really good episodes, but all the other ones just kind of blur together.
  • Mar 31, 2020
    Best series finale of any show I have ever seen. Period.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    I shied away from this show when it aired, only to see it on DVD now in 2019. It's very well written and acted.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    One of the best series of all time. It has a great finale(the best of all time imo), one of the most emotional experiences I have had watching television. Just Brilliant.
  • Dec 29, 2018
    Quite possibly the best finale I have ever seen. This was a great show in 2018 but would have been truly groundbreaking, and quite possibly my favorite show ever had I seen it from 2000-2005. I will dearly miss The Fishers....
  • Mar 15, 2017
    Simply a piece of art which nothing compared to it. A very dark and excruciating drama set in a funeral house and the life of this extraordinary family. If my experience is anything to go by you should really watch this series considering your self as a part of the Fisher's family, it will make you grieve, cry and want to hug each character feeling sorry for them. The ending is something that I've never seen in my entire life, very emotional, crazy, painful and pure, I was truly speechless for a very long time trying to realize how the last 6 minutes turned to be the greatest thing I've ever seen in my life to me. You will never forget this one, you will follow it's lead, draw the line of your life which is totally gonna chance. Thanks Alan Ball for the greatest ending in television history.
  • Aug 28, 2016
    and the final year is near perfect and the final six minutes are truly stunning
  • Feb 20, 2015
    This show was such a treat to watch, and it had the best ending that a show could have had. I still cry when I see it. Thank you to the Cast, crew, and writers.

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