Jun. 03, 2001
60 min.
HBO TV Network

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Six Feet Under

When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challenging as--and far less predictable than--the one inside.Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter Alan Ball's breakout series that takes a darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family.

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Peter William Krause (pronounced /ˈkraʊzə/; born August 12, 1965) is an American film and television ...

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Nathaniel Samuel "Nate" Fisher, Jr. (1965–2005), played by Peter Krause, is the oldest of the three Fisher siblings; the series begins when he returns to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve only to learn that his father has died, and the series ends in season five shortly after his death.

Throughout the series, Nate searches for the ideal life that he wants to live. On the airplane while flying home to Los Angeles, he meets Brenda Chenowith, with whom he has sex upon landing, in an airport maintenance room. Hoping to keep the family business alive, Nate becomes a funeral director (a job he swore he would never do) and co-operates the business with his brother David. Not long after, Nate becomes diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and becomes engaged to Brenda around the same time. Nate and Brenda end the relationship both because of Brenda's sexual addiction and her discovery that Nate had an affair with Lisa, his former roommate. Nate then has surgery to have his AVM removed which is a success. Nate instead marries Lisa who bears him a daughter, Maya. Months later, Lisa goes missing and is found dead. Nate waits the proper time until getting back together with Brenda who is already seeing someone. The two move in together and soon marry. Brenda becomes pregnant with Nate's second child which Nate does not want. Nate then meets George's daughter, Maggie, with whom he becomes fascinated. Before a Quaker meeting, they unexpectedly kiss and have sex. Mere moments later, Nate suffers a seizure due to a reappearance of AVM and collapses on her floor. Nate is rushed to the hospital, wakes up long enough to effectively end his marriage with Brenda, and dies the following day.

Following his death, the series spends the last three episodes addressing the other characters' lives as they attempt to cope with his absence.

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02x06 - In Place of Anger
Season 2, Episode 06
05x09 - Ecotone
Season 5, Episode 09
05x05 - Eat a Peach
Season 5, Episode 05
02x10 - The Secret
Season 2, Episode 10
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