"Six Feet Under was a show I REALLY wanted to get to last year, but just ran out of time. So it was the first one I started on for this year’s show. I actually did this piece back in April, originally. I work on this show all year, between other gigs.
Six Feet Under was, in my opinion, HBO finding it’s legs. It walked that line between episodic and serialized. There were definitely story-lines and character arcs that carried over for a full season, but most of the earlier episodes seemed to feel more like THE BEST of network television, instead of THE BEST OF TELEVISION OVERALL that we’ve come to expect from HBO in recent years.
But thankfully, the show was able to expand and grow, and really find itself, which built to probably the BEST AND MOST SATISFYING last episode of any show…ever. The show was obsessed with the one thing we try to hard to ignore in our day-to-day lives- our mortality.
For it to end with showing the final seconds of each and every lead character’s life that we’d come to love in the previous years…it was satisfying in a structural and emotional way that nothing has come close to.” - Tim Doyle