100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

From time-capsule sitcoms to cutting-edge Peak-TV dramas — the definitive ranking of the game-changing small-screen classics

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55. 'Six Feet Under'

2001-05
A California family with a funeral home to run – which means that mortality and grief are never far from anyone's mind. Every episode of Six Feet Under opened with a disturbing (or comic, or both) death scene. Alan Ball's dark yet tender HBO drama explored new terrain, and the closing episodes helped innovate the idea that a series finale should be an artistic epitaph, rather than just a death rattle. 

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