The funeral is an everpresent force in pop culture, particularly on television, where in long-running serial storytelling, people at some point have to die—from a cynical perspective, to drive the plot forward, but also from a purely practical one, to accommodate actors who want to leave programmes before the end. This means that we tend to […]
Six Feet Under is possibly my favourite television series of all time because it blends two of my most passionate interests: really good television and death. And one of the things that’s always intrigued is the show’s interaction with the funeral industry, something I covered for PopMatters in 2011. What did the show do well? […]
Pop culture provides us with many insights and views into human experiences; one of the things I adore about it as a medium is the ability to explore the human condition from so many perspectives. And, in television, to return to recurrent themes that are important to the creators or characters. In the summer, I […]
One of my favourite parts of Six Feet Under is the depiction of David and Keith’s relationship. It’s complicated, there’s a lot going on, and the show pushed it in some very interesting directions. It was clearly informed by Alan Ball’s own experience, but it goes deeper than that. The show really wanted to create […]
Did Six Feet Under give bipolar disorder a fair and balanced representation? Not exactly.