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Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

HBO 2001

A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under - S1E7

#1 - Brotherhood


Season 1 - Episode 7

Victor Wayne Kovich, PFC January 16, 1971 - April 1, 2001 Billy tries to get in the way of Nate and Brenda's relationship. Ruth invites Hiram over for a family dinner, and also takes a florist job in Nikolai's shop. David meets an open-minded associate priest and votes to keep him on for the church. Claire continues to have problems with school and life in general.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 396 votes.

Six Feet Under - S4E9

#2 - Grinding the Corn


Season 4 - Episode 9

Lawrence Tuttle 1969 - 2004 George, Rico and Nate now all living under the same roof have become roommates. In the aftermath of Ruth's leaving, George feels fine, on the contrary for Federico who would like to forget his encounter and go home to his wife and children. Nate and Brenda are back together... with complications. Keith sleeps with a woman. Edie gives Claire the cold shoulder. Nate has a terrible nightmare.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 225 votes.

Six Feet Under - S4E10

#3 - The Black Forest


Season 4 - Episode 10

Robert Duane Wething 1958 - 2004 A drunken Robert falls flat on his face in the mud and dies. Nate, Maya and Brenda go to Idaho to inter Lisa's cremains and get some terrible news. David wants to have a commitment ceremony and adopt a child; Keith does not. Ruth comes home and lays out some new rules. Claire gets really into drugs. Rico tries to reconcile with Vanessa.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 230 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E5

#4 - The Trap


Season 3 - Episode 5

William Aaron Jaffe 1951 - 1975 A couple are in the woods hiking, and come upon an old VW Beetle. The car is rusted and plants have grown over it a bit. The look inside the car and they see someone in it. They open the car door and a bird flies out, however, there is an old skeleton in the front seat. Federico convinces Nate, David and Ruth to hire an apprentice to keep costs down. We also find out more about David's past as well as meet someone from Nate's.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 245 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E7

#5 - Timing & Space


Season 3 - Episode 7

Bernard Asa Chenowith 1939 - 2003 Brenda and Billy's father dies quietly in the hospital. Nate goes to the funeral where he reconnects with Brenda. Lisa leaves for a convention, worrying about Maya as it is the first time she's away from her for a longer period of time. Even though Maya is with Nate. Arthur and Ruth develops their friendship, and Ruth is becoming more and more fascinated with his many talents. David and Keith attends a brunch hosted by some of David's friends. Keith does not fit in and feels very out of place. Claire get a very special gift from Russell. Federico worries about Vanessa and her mood.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 247 votes.

Six Feet Under - S2E9

#6 - Someone Else's Eyes


Season 2 - Episode 9

Dwight Edgar Garrison 1945 - 2002 Ruth continues to help an injured Nikolai recover, but her patience is tested when she discovers just how he broke his legs. Brenda's escapades help her to write, but her feelings about being engaged grow more muddled--especially after Billy's release from the hospital.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 264 votes.

Six Feet Under - S4E4

#7 - Can I Come Up Now?


Season 4 - Episode 4

Lawrence Henry Mason 1938 - 2003 David's former fiancée, Jennifer, calls David in the middle of the night. Her father has been killed by a lightning strike and she wants Fisher and Diaz to handle the funeral. Being in contact with her stirs up old feelings of guilt in David. David also finds out that Keith is not out on the job which he finds rather shocking. Nate gets some alone time while Maya spends time with her relatives, but this might not necessarily be a good thing. Claire attempts flirtation with another art student with mixed results. Ruth and George receive yet another package, but this time in a toy dump truck. George suddenly realizes who has been doing the sending of the poo -- a son he's never told Ruth about. Ruth finds the man and decides they should both visit him. Brenda takes Joe to meet her mother and new friend, Olivier Castro-Stahl.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 227 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E9

#8 - The Opening


Season 3 - Episode 9

Melinda Mary Bloch 1965 - 2003 A woman packs her bags for a trip, leaving various notes around her house for specific people, and grabs a tape out of her stereo. She heads to the garage, starts her car, puts the tape in the car stereo, applies her lipstick, and shuts the garage door. Claire and Russell help Olivier prepare for the art show but Russell feels he's being slighted. Nate and Lisa talk about the possibility of them splitting up. Ruth continues to be interested in Arthur, but he doesn't want to take their relationship to the next level. Keith and David continue their threesomes.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 241 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E2

#9 - You Never Know


Season 3 - Episode 2

Matthew Clark Hazen 1962 - 2003 Martin Jacobs 1978 - 2003 Andrew Wayne Milne 1952 - 2003 Daniel Grant Showalter 1978 - 2003 Lisa & Nate are having a few problems finding times to be alone. Lisa is still having to deal with all of her employer's issues that seem to pop up at all inappropriate times. Ruth's sister Sarah makes contact with Ruth, and through her Ruth meets a new friend, Bettina. Claire and her new beau Phil seem to be getting hot and heavy, or are they? Claire finds a friend in a fellow art student, Russell. Rico is experiencing the difficulties of being a partner at Fisher & Diaz. Keith ends up having a counseling sessions sans David. Keith is able to voice his opinions a bit better without him.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 258 votes.

Six Feet Under - S2E7

#10 - Back to the Garden


Season 2 - Episode 7

Jeffrey Marc Shapiro 1963 - 2001 Nate is exposed to a friendly female rabbi at a funeral they have. Claire visits her Aunt Sarah's place and meets a boy that she isn't immediately disgusted by. Keith starts to get less icy towards David.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 284 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E3
#11 - The Eye Inside
Season 3 - Episode 3

Callie Renee Mortimer 1984 - 2003 Young Callie comes walking out of a bar and notices a few guys whistling at her. Becoming fearful for her safety, she crosses the street. By the time she realizes it's a group of her friends, it's too late. Lisa takes a major decision without asking Nate. A decision that brings trouble. Ruth and Bettina are getting closer and Ruth is taking some of Bettina's advice, but not all of it is good. Claire and Phil's relationship changes for the worse, but on the upside Claire is getting praised by her teacher. David and Keith go vacation together to try to reconnect with each other.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 253 votes.

Six Feet Under - S1E8
#12 - Crossroads
Season 1 - Episode 8

Chloe Margaret Bryant Yorkin January 7, 1959 - April 2001 Riding in a limo, a drunken Chloe is celebrating her new-found freedom with friends. she stands up with her head out the sunroof to scream it to the world... and loses her head, literally. The business is a bit slow these days, so Nate and David decide to rent out a room at the funeral home to supplement the loss. Frederico is being wooed by Kroehner's and he contemplates doing it for the experience and the money. Claire is hiking in the mountains but doesn't really understand the point of it all.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 368 votes.

Six Feet Under - S1E2
#13 - The Will
Season 1 - Episode 2

Chandler James Swanson, Jr. July 29, 1967 - January 8, 2001 During a get together around a pool, people discuss a franchise pyramid scheme. Chandler Swanson dives into the pool, but he doesn't come back up. He leaves a wife and an infant daughter. Nathaniel Fisher's will is read and Ruth gets money, stocks and insurance money. Nate & David are both given the funeral business. Claire receives college tuition, but she considers trading it in for cash. In an effort to help the Widow Swanson, Nate starts learning a few things about the funeral business. First up, caskets cannot be rented. By law, a used casket cannot be re-sold.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 535 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E8
#14 - Tears, Bones and Desire
Season 3 - Episode 8

Daddy 1940 - 2003 After the patriarch of a cultish new-age clan dies, Fisher & Diaz is overrun by the wives and children left behind. Meanwhile, Keith gets back at David and his brunch pals during an intense game of paintball, Claire tires of being Olivier's lackey assistant, and Ruth and Arthur savor the smell of clean laundry.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 241 votes.

Six Feet Under - S5E7
#15 - The Silence
Season 5 - Episode 7

Peter Thomas Burns 1948 - 2005 David and Keith struggle to create boundaries. Nate and Brenda receive some ambiguous news. Ruth fills her days with activities leaving no time for relaxation.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 218 votes.

Six Feet Under - S2E4
#16 - Driving Mr. Mossback
Season 2 - Episode 4

Harold Mossback February 1, 1942 - September 18,2001 Nate brings Claire to his old stomping ground in Seattle to help him retrieve the body of a man who feared flying. There, they stay with Lisa (Lili Taylor), a woman who still carries a torch for Nate.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 310 votes.

Six Feet Under - S3E6
#17 - Making Love Work
Season 3 - Episode 6

Karen Postell Pepper 1964 - 2003 Three women are waiting patiently in line to see a taping of Dr. Dave. As they are being let in, Karen gets a nose bleed and tells her friends she'll join them in a few minutes but collapses from blood loss. Nate and Lisa plan a camping trip with friends, but the trip starts out less than idyllically. Lisa doesn't like to hike and she argues with Nate about the amount of beer and tobacco he wants to consume. To make matters worse, Dana and Todd, despite having a small daughter, are so hot for each other that it's really irritating - and enviable.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 241 votes.

Six Feet Under - S1E3
#18 - The Foot
Season 1 - Episode 3

Thomas Alfredo Romano May 16, 1944 - January 21, 2001 The Fishers have decided to sell, but then back out at the last minute because Nate cannot stand Gilardi. Claire finds a rather interesting way to get back at Gabe for spreading rumors about her. Gilardi find his own way of payback. He tells the Fishers that he is buying the rundown house across the street from them in order to provide a cheap alternative to Fisher & Sons. However, mysteriously, the house catches on fire after Nate and Brenda fool around in it.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 469 votes.

Six Feet Under - S2E1
#19 - In the Game
Season 2 - Episode 1

Rebecca Leah Milford 1980 - 2001 Brenda and Nate seem to be in a bit of a slump, or rather Brenda is in the slump for both of them. David gets some good news, but then continues to get bad news of varying degrees. But if David's news is bad, Nate's could be considered slightly potentially devastating. And it doesn't help Nate that Brenda is being so detached and cold towards him. Ruth is trying to figure out ways she can be more accepting and open to David's homosexuality. In the process she questions Claire about her sexuality. Rico is trying to become more involved on the sales side of the business but strikes out.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 320 votes.

Six Feet Under - S4E8
#20 - Coming and Going
Season 4 - Episode 8

James Dubois Marshall 1923 - 2004 It is a typical Sunday morning at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, Claire is putting the moves on her new lover Edie, Ruth is pressuring George to go to Catholic mass, Nate goes for a jog and all is well until David announces "that death spared L.A., there are no bodies in the prep room." David & Ruth then leave for church and an older gentleman pulls in, soon after he has a heart attack and dies. Rico decides it's time to go home. Ruth is upset because George is not spending enough time with her. Brenda gets cozy with Nate with a bad ending. David, still recovering from PTSD, welcomes a familiar face from his past. Ruth decides it's time for a change.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Six Feet Under from 217 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021



This show has the best finale I have ever seen! While the show does have its points where it gets boring, the ending made it all worth it! Very well done!


if you have not watched this show, you're doing something terribly wrong


The finale was so powerful. Best I've ever seen. God, I love this show!


I watched the finale 48 hours ago, and it won't came of out of my mind.. The series is perfect, but the finale beyond describe, it leaves you speechless, drowning in your tears.. With all do respect, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under is the best show ever..


"That ending was such a cheap trick," he said through tears


This is not about death. It's about finding life amidst all of the death. With a dash of magical-realism and complex, interesting characters, it's simply one of the best series I have ever had the pleasure of watching.


Incredibly powerful and emotional with one the best finales of any show ever.


After 4 1/2 Seasons i think it's a great show! 9/10. Can't wait to see the next episodes.


the first few episodes.. you have to really bite through... When you've met all the characters it gets better and after the third episode you just have to watch the next one..


Of all the shows I've seen (and I have finished several), Six Feet Under has, by far, the best ending I have ever seen. There are just no two ways about it. Whether we're talking about the last three episodes or the 8-9 minute coda at the end of the finale, either way the show went out on top.

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