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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.
Six Feet Under rode to an end with an operatic, bittersweet, and deeply satisfying climax.
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.
Six Feet Under is back for another season of harsh life lessons and deliciously dark humour. It has been far too long.
Immensely smart and elegiac. It is a fitting conclusion to what has been a magnificent fifth season for the drama.
The series (which underwent a creative resurrection this season) should go down in history as having the least nostalgia-laden finale in TV history.
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.
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.
Six Feet Under offered prime-time television viewers an unblinking vision of death and perhaps a better understanding of life.
The entire series is highly recommended, but Season Five is an exceptional achievement.
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.
Audience Reviews for Six Feet Under: Season 5
Oct 11, 2015One 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.Sylvester K Super Reviewer
Sep 27, 2020As 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, 2020Just 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, 2020Best series finale of any show I have ever seen. Period.
Sep 12, 2019I 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, 2019One 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, 2018Quite 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, 2017Simply 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, 2016and the final year is near perfect and the final six minutes are truly stunning
Feb 20, 2015This 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.