• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Apr 15, 2013
    100
    Too dark, too true, too uncompromising for the network audience...It isn't really, of course. The suits make a habit of underestimating the American television audience, then they wonder why it keeps leaving. [1 June 2001, p.E-1]
  2. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Apr 15, 2013
    100
    The writing is boosted by first-rate acting all around, especially Hall as the severely repressed David and Griffiths as Brenda, whose moody character unfolds slowly and unexpectedly. [2 June 2001, p.5E]
  3. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Apr 15, 2013
    100
    Six Feet Under establishes from the start that it will be unflinching and brazen and, as it happens, scorchingly brilliant. [3 June 2001, p.G01]
  4. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 15, 2013
    100
    Whether darkly funny, deeply moving or spookily surreal, Six Feet Under is seldom less than bracingly original. It's another landmark series for HBO. [3 June 2001, p.3]
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Apr 15, 2013
    100
    So daring, richly multi-dimensional and culturally provocative that it's almost anti-television. [3 June 2001, p.2F]
  6. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Apr 15, 2013
    90
    All the actors are wonderfully credible, even when forced to deal with the occasional creaky line. (Brenda says Nate doesn't know her, and he answers, "Yeah, because you won't let me.") Freddy Rodriguez adds humor as Federico, so talented at restoring corpses that he puts the Humpty Dumpty who was chewed up in the mixing machine back together. And Ms. Conroy's portrayal of the mother is subtle, funny and painful. [1 June 2001, p.E25]
  7. Variety
    Reviewed by: Steven Oxman
    Apr 15, 2013
    90
    If "The Sopranos" is an explosive show, brimming with layers of deception and betrayal, Six Feet Under is an implosive one, built upon a foundation of repression. [3 June 2001, p.29]
  8. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Apr 15, 2013
    90
    The dialogue is smart, and the comedy is edgy, and from the six already previewed out of this 13-episode run, the characters may drive you crazy with their constant navel-gazing, but they do grow on you. [3 June 2001, p.2]
  9. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Marisa Guthrie
    Apr 15, 2013
    90
    Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "American Beauty," has done something wonderfully unusual. He has written a tremendously life-affirming drama about death. [3 June 2001, p.43]
  10. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    83
    Slightly ghoulish but engrossing.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    83
    Extremely well acted, 'Six' is a show I'll keep watching; I'm just not convinced it'll be sucking up the same pop-culture air that 'The Sopranos' did.
  12. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Apr 15, 2013
    83
    A surreal, visually striking, insightful comedy-drama about the American way of death and a troubled middle-class family that deals with mortality every day. [3 June 2001, p.6E]
  13. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 15, 2013
    80
    It's seriously good, though not always serious. [3 June 2001, p.1E]
  14. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Apr 15, 2013
    75
    The gracefully gonzo result is funny and affecting, and sometimes it is downright insightful. Good grief. [1 June 2001, p.1E]
  15. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 28, 2013
    70
    A singularly apt pairing of subject and writer. ... It is often funny but never exactly fun; it's icier, more rarified and easier to admire than to love. It's also audacious, psychologically acute and beautifully shot.
  16. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Apr 15, 2013
    70
    Tender and sometimes humorously bent. Yes, some very nice moments in initial installments of its 13-episode commitment from HBO, but nothing shooting you to the moon. [1 June 2001, p.C1]
  17. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Apr 15, 2013
    70
    While uneven and not as immediately seductive as David Chase's 'The Sopranos,' Ball's Six Feet Under is a daring exploration on a theme, funny to creepy to plain weird. [3 June 2001, p.E-01]
  18. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 15, 2013
    50
    The shame is, after a very slow start, the living members of the Fisher family actually start to grow on you -- though it takes them far longer than it should. [1 June 2001, p.15E]
  19. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Apr 15, 2013
    50
    Frankly, the first episode of "Six" is not impressive. Discomfiting, certainly, and with sparks of promise, but not exactly compelling. But, somewhat surprisingly, after watching two and three and four more episodes, the show grows on you...Six Feet Under is going to be an acquired taste that some will never acquire.[1 June 2001, p.C08]
  20. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Apr 15, 2013
    50
    The problem I have with the show, aside from the death business, is that the Fishers are not a likable family. It doesn't have a James Gandolfini character. [3 June 2001, p.D39]
  21. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Erik Mink
    Apr 15, 2013
    40
    It's hard to imagine anyone watching Sunday night's plodding and pretentious pilot and coming back for more. [1 June 2001, p.112]
  22. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Apr 15, 2013
    40
    The unhappy Fishers are unlike the unhappy Sopranos in a crucial way: They become less interesting as Six Feet Under unfolds in the first six episodes. And that is the kiss of death in television. [3 June 2001, p.4]
  23. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 15, 2013
    30
    Six Feet Under is as artificial as the AstroTurf funeral directors place around a grave site. [3 June 2001, p.91]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 184 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 184
  1. Jan 13, 2012
    10
    Quite possibly the best show ever made. Is it even a show? Felt pretty real to me.
  2. Nov 17, 2012
    6
    Not for those looking for feel good stories. Not for those looking for thrills and chills. Not for those looking for plot hooks to surprise orNot for those looking for feel good stories. Not for those looking for thrills and chills. Not for those looking for plot hooks to surprise or inspire you. But if your looking for a dialogue, character driven stories to invoke some thought on our culture, then Six Feet Under is your show. This is a show that I will continue to watch and probably enjoy, but will never run to my set to see what happens next. That is Six Feet Under in a nutshell. Full Review »
  3. Jun 27, 2011
    10
    This show kept me hooked after watching one episode and had drama that I enjoyed watching. All of the characters acted to perfection as theirThis show kept me hooked after watching one episode and had drama that I enjoyed watching. All of the characters acted to perfection as their role/character. I simply loved ALL of this season, all of the plots, subplots, characters, and fuenerals. Full Review »