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The Best Episodes of Six Feet Under

Every episode of Six Feet Under ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of 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.


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The best episode of "Six Feet Under" is "Everyone's Waiting", rated 9.9/10 from 12264 user votes. It was directed by Alan Ball and written by Alan Ball. "Everyone's Waiting" aired on 8/21/2005 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "All Alone".

  • Everyone's Waiting
    9.9/10 12,264 votes

    #1 - Everyone's Waiting

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-08-21

    David finally embraces a demon; Keith gives 'tough love'; Nathaniel talks to his younger son; Brenda delivers and fights Nate's negativity; Claire gets an exciting call; Ted inspires sexy photos; Margaret is impressed to see Olivier's nurturing side; George's limitations eclipse his intentions; and Claire drives into her future.

    Director: Alan Ball

    Writer: Alan Ball

  • All Alone
    9.6/10 3,461 votes

    #2 - All Alone

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-08-07

    While David attends to family business, Keith makes an embarrassing self-discovery on the job; Brenda is challenged by Nate and answers a hard question for Maya; Margaret compares herself to her daughter; Ruth lets Bettina play nurse; Rico and Vanessa decide to protect their future; Claire is comforted by Ted's squareness; and George makes a speech about love.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: Kate Robin

  • Ecotone
    9.5/10 2,842 votes

    #3 - Ecotone

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-07-31

    David and Keith get comfortable with their new family life; Claire is shocked to discover she and Ted share a passion for politics; Ruth finds empowerment in the woods; Maggie is forced to make a series of awkward calls; Brenda faces several truths at once; Rico finally 'gets' Vanessa; and Nate brings the family together against their will.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Nancy Oliver

  • The Last Time
    9.2/10 2,170 votes

    #4 - The Last Time

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2002-06-02

    Fisher & Sons is the subject of an unannounced inspection, which proves surprisingly beneficial for Federico. Meanwhile, Claire's art-school interview takes an unexpected turn, and things grow tense between Keith and David. Also, Nate finds himself at a crossroads, both with Brenda and with his AVM.

    Director: Alan Ball

    Writer: Kate Robin

  • I'm Sorry, I'm Lost
    9.1/10 2,180 votes

    #5 - I'm Sorry, I'm Lost

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2003-06-01

    Death continues to shuffle its deck randomly for would-be clients of Fisher & Diaz. Meanwhile, Nate looks to quell his inner demons through extreme remedies offered at a local bar--giving Claire way more baby-sitting action than she bargained for. Also, Ruth shakes up the family with some unexpected news.

    Director: Alan Ball

    Writer: Joey Soloway

  • Untitled
    9.1/10 2,079 votes

    #6 - Untitled

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-09-12

    Ruth is delighted to meet George's daughter, but worries as his paranoid 'views' of the future escalate. 'Star' Claire gets high off her newfound fame; Federico pleads his case to Vanessa, who delivers a verdict; David confronts a demon face-to-face; Keith considers a business proposal; and Nate comes to final blows with Barb and Hoyt.

    Director: Alan Ball

    Writer: Nancy Oliver

  • Static
    9.1/10 2,276 votes

    #7 - Static

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2005-08-14

    As David's fears take over, Keith tries to protect him--and the boys; Billy attends to his sister; Claire goes on a drunken harassment spree and pushes Ted away; Rico pushes for a talk about the business; George tries to help Ruth with Maya; Nate urges Brenda to embrace a taboo; and Vanessa sees the future in a funeral home.

    Director: Michael Cuesta

    Writer: Craig Wright

  • Falling into Place
    9.0/10 2,113 votes

    #8 - Falling into Place

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-06-13

    In an attempt to honor Lisa's last wishes, Nate finds himself at odds with her family. Meanwhile, David and Keith look for 'genuinely new' ways to start over; Federico seeks out a priest for absolution; Vanessa gets tired of Angelica; Brenda does 'the neighbor thing' with Joe; and Ruth sings the praises of her new husband George.

    Director: Michael Cuesta

    Writer: Craig Wright

  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
    8.9/10 2,166 votes

    #9 - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2002-04-21

    The Christmas season marks the anniversary of Nathaniel's death...and gets everyone thinking about their last moments with him. Meanwhile, Nate and Brenda are shocked by Margaret Chenowith's Christmas Eve guest, Claire gets into a dangerous online relationship and Federico stirs up trouble in his own family.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: Scott Buck

  • I'll Take You
    8.9/10 2,004 votes

    #10 - I'll Take You

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2002-05-19

    Claire seems to be finding some direction in her life, and a newly serious Billy is an unlikely choice to help her. Tensions between Nate and Brenda finally come to a head, while Keith has a problem that threatens everything he has worked towards in his relationship with David.

    Director: Michael Engler

    Writer: Joey Soloway

  • A Private Life
    8.8/10 2,326 votes

    #11 - A Private Life

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2001-08-19

    A gay man's murder forces David to confont his own fears about his lifestyle; Brenda's parents and Nate consider getting help for the increasingly troubled Billy...but Brenda isn't so sure that's the answer. Meanwhile, Ruth, Claire and David all share secrets with respective acquaintances.

    Director: Rodrigo García

    Writer: Kate Robin

  • Death Works Overtime
    8.8/10 1,754 votes

    #12 - Death Works Overtime

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2003-05-11

    Fisher & Diaz is brimming over with activity after a trio of unrelated deaths. Meanwhile, Nate anxiously awaits Lisa's return from Santa Cruz; Vanessa and her sister Angelica enjoy a therapeutic shopping excursion, to Rico's chagrin; Claire grades herself in art school, then takes another important test; and Ruth cries all over a stranger's jacket.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Rick Cleveland

  • That's My Dog
    8.8/10 2,634 votes

    #13 - That's My Dog

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-07-18

    With Keith out of town on business, David gets taken for a ride by a hitchhiker. Meanwhile, Nate feels out of place in a bereavement group, Ruth tries to play matchmaker--to George's chagrin, Claire feels empty after a critique of her self-portraits, Brenda and her mom go back to school, and Federico gets an unexpected visitor at work.

    Director: Alan Poul

    Writer: Scott Buck

  • Pilot
    8.7/10 4,036 votes

    #14 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2001-06-03

    Nate Fisher returns home for the holidays to the shattering news of his father's death.

    Director: Alan Ball

    Writer: Alan Ball

  • Knock, Knock
    8.7/10 2,241 votes

    #15 - Knock, Knock

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2001-08-19

    The Fisher family experiences the control-freak side of Tracy Montrose Blaire; Brenda visits a remorseful Billy; David faces problems at his church; Gabe reverts to some bad habits; and Rico finds reason to celebrate.

    Director: Alan Ball

    Writer: Alan Ball

  • Time Flies
    8.7/10 1,745 votes

    #16 - Time Flies

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2005-06-27

    Brenda is disturbed by Nate's reaction to her latest news; Ruth shares her feelings about George with her knitting circle; David and Keith 'propose' to Mary and meet Roger's equally unconventional family; Rico is shocked at how Vanessa and the boys are doing; frustrated, George shares a beer and a song with Billy; and Nate comes home to an unpleasant surprise.

    Director: Alan Poul

    Writer: Craig Wright

  • Singing for Our Lives
    8.7/10 1,755 votes

    #17 - Singing for Our Lives

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2005-07-25

    A young Latina's funeral raises questions about the culture--and future--of Fisher and Diaz. Meanwhile, David and Keith are upset when they're not in the driver's seat; Claire takes her co-worker Ted to an art school show; Brenda gets vital info from her doctor--and from Jackie; and Ruth goes out for some pampering and gets more than she paid for.

    Director: Matt Shakman

    Writer: Scott Buck

  • The Room
    8.6/10 2,506 votes

    #18 - The Room

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2001-07-08

    An ornery widower camps out in the Fisher Funeral Home; sparks fly between Claire and Billy; Ruth spurns Hiram and is later wooed by a Russian florist; David is pursued by a pushy parishioner while performing charity work; and an examination of the business's receipts uncovers some interesting secrets.

    Director: Rodrigo García

    Writer: Christian Taylor

  • Life's Too Short
    8.6/10 2,252 votes

    #19 - Life's Too Short

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2001-07-29

    A tragedy reunites Claire with a guy who sullied her reputation at school; David and his new boyfriend run into Keith and his new partner on the disco circuit; and Ruth has an eye-opening camping trip with Hiram.

    Director: Jeremy Podeswa

    Writer: N/A

  • Nobody Sleeps
    8.6/10 1,869 votes

    #20 - Nobody Sleeps

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2003-03-23

    While the partner of a recently deceased gay man is orchestrating an operatic tribute at Fisher & Diaz, Lisa plans an unwanted birthday party for Ruth. Meanwhile, Claire has a night to remember with Russell and two outlaw art teachers.

    Director: Alan Poul

    Writer: Rick Cleveland, Alan Ball

  • The Rainbow of Her Reasons
    8.5/10 1,685 votes

    #21 - The Rainbow of Her Reasons

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2005-07-10

    Ruth happily helps 'circle the wagons' when Sarah calls; David and Keith discover it's hard work playing house with Anthony and his brother Durrell; Nate muses on the loss of his first love; Claire finds a temporary financial solution; Vanessa hires a nanny with unexpected talents; Rico gets an offer he can't believe--or refuse.

    Director: Mary Harron

    Writer: Joey Soloway

  • The Foot
    8.4/10 2,631 votes

    #22 - The Foot

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2001-06-17

    When a bakery owner is killed, it's up to Federico to put the pieces back together. The family considers selling the funeral business altogether to Kroehner.

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: Bruce Eric Kaplan

  • Driving Mr. Mossback
    8.4/10 1,857 votes

    #23 - Driving Mr. Mossback

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2002-03-24

    Nate brings Claire to his old stomping ground in Seattle to help him retrieve the body of a man who feared flying. There, they stay with Lisa, a woman who still carries a torch for Nate.

    Director: Michael Cuesta

    Writer: Rick Cleveland

  • The Invisible Woman
    8.4/10 1,834 votes

    #24 - The Invisible Woman

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2002-03-31

    Ruth takes a personal interest in the death of a woman who has no friends or relatives. Meanwhile, Brenda's search for a literary muse prompts her to turn to one of her massage clients--a prostitute named Melissa--and Nate's relationship with Brenda takes an unexpected turn.

    Director: Jeremy Podeswa

    Writer: Bruce Eric Kaplan

  • Everyone Leaves
    8.4/10 1,637 votes

    #25 - Everyone Leaves

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2003-05-04

    A bee sting during a family picnic ends a life. Nate tends to Maya while Lisa visits her sister in Santa Cruz. Meanwhile, Vanessa seems back to her old self, to Rico's relief; Russell's decision to share a secret with Claire backfires; Arthur wonders whether he should be mixing laundry with Ruth; and David gets a look at another dysfunctional family.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Scott Buck