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"Six Feet Under" (2001-2005)
As a whole, I don't think "Six Feet" stacks up to its millennial HBO contemporaries. It was a wildly inconsistent show where I'm not even sure I could pluck out an individual season and say, "Okay, this is the year it was great." But in the funeral home-owning Fishers, Alan Ball sketched out a family vivid in both its group dysfunction and in their individual problems — gay son David (Michael C. Hall) trying to escape a life of repression, youngest kid Claire (Lauren Ambrose) struggling to find a direction for her life as she enters adulthood — and crafted a series of incredible moments and episodes along the way. The last sequence alone probably earns it a spot on the list.