Critic Consensus: Six Feet Under overreaches in its fourth season, with twists and story arcs that feel more contrived than compelling, though its willingness to venture boldly into the dark also proves occasionally exhilarating.
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as Nate Fisher
as David Fisher
as Ruth Fisher
as Claire Fisher
as Brenda Chenowith
as Federico Diaz
as Keith Charles
as Vanessa Diaz
as George Sibley
as Charity Organizer
as Lisa Kimmel Fisher
as Nathaniel Fisher
as Arthur Martin
as Margaret Chenowith
as Peg Kimmel
as Ed Kimmel
as Father Jack
The characters of Six Feet Under seem to have absorbed the funereal atmosphere of their surroundings all too well, and they and the story are sinking together into a perpetually glum morass.
Season Four forges on, sure-footedly, in the virtuoso standard the series set way back in season one.
But in a show whose ethos has been strongly tied to how we can't have the answers to everything, Untitled feels like Six Feet Under trying desperately to suggest the opposite.
At this rate, Ball is lucky his HBO colleague David Milch has snagged the phrase "Deadwood," or I'd be suggesting it as "Six Feet Under"'s new alternate title.
It's unsurprising many viewers felt abused, and taken for a ride. But there's something thrilling, too, about creators willing to jeopardize their unspoken contract with their audience: to risk our loyalty in the name of something new.
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