5 EVERYTHING a person will EVER need from a television show.withydanno | 10/11/2007 | See all withydanno's reviews (124)Top 100 Reviewer Top 100 DVD Reviewer Top 100 Music Reviewer This is just astonishing in every way.From the achingly beautiful title sequence which sets a mood that drips class over each episode to follow, Six Feet Under is a marvel that stands out like a diamond in crud compared to most other TV shows.Each minute is important, each scene is integral, and each episode is a masterpiece.Not a single established character is without merit, and not a single performance is less than glorious - Rachel Griffiths, Frances Conroy, Patricia Clarkson, Lauren Ambrose and Michael C. Hall especially.It may be unfair to single out certain performances just because that may create the illusion that other performances deserve less praise, but this couldn't be further from the truth.This is a show that explores the meaning of life both confidently and desperately in equal measure; never once demanding it's audience of anything, and never once asking too much of them.Instead, it lets the audience ask all the questions. And, it doesn't feel too obliged to answer them all either - never once hitting any messages home too hard.Alan Ball uses the characters to enjoy it's moral freedom and ambiguity with so much dignity that you look forward to a character doing something despicable just so you can question why they are so loveable, and so easy to relate to.It's not only that you question. At times this show hits you so hard you question your life until it hurts. At times it creeps up on you unawares and you don't even realise you're thinking about it until the tears are dripping off your chin.By the time the last scene wraps up you will grieve these characters and the time you have spent with them as if they are your nearest and dearest (or maybe I have just read into it way too much). Even now, almost three years later, I sometimes think - while in a similar state as to what she is in during season two - 'I miss Brenda'...This show will change your life if it hasn't already.