HBO have definitely become the purveyors of top quality television with the likes of Sex And The City and The Sopranos becoming cultural icons and jdging by the first season of this superb series, Six Feet Under is next in line for that recognition and just watching the first five minutes as to should be described as one of the best pilots, it's easy to see why. Yeah, dysfunctional families - every US series seems to endorse it these days, but the Fishers really do come as the dysfunctional without it being drilled down your ears every five seconds. The father Nathaniel Fisher, owner of ailing funeral home Fishers & Sons get killed in the pilot and haunts his loved ones of a regular with wife Ruth confessing to having an affair wi th her hairdresser at the funeral. That leaves the Kids - Nate, the prodigal son who reluctantly has to take charge of the funeral business with closeted brother David (who spends most of the season in denial of his sexualty) and social misfit Claire, with an unstable boyfriend to boot. Other characters include Nate's complicated girlfriend Brenda (whose family really is messed up), David's cop lover Keith and Fisher & Sons talente mortuary worker, Federico. Episode highlight include both opener and finale (Six Feet Under and Knock,Knock - both have commentaries for), the revealing An Open Book, directed by the wonderful Kathy Bates, the harrowing instalments Life's Too Short and A Private Life, in which David's sexuality is brought to the fore. Extra wise, besides commentaries for the opener and fianle, there's interviews with the main cast and behind the scenes fun, including a detailed look of the making of the title sequences.