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Six Feet Under (2001)
Laced with irony and dark situational humor, the show approaches the subject of death through the eyes of the Fisher family, who owns and operates a funeral home in Los Angeles. Peter Krause stars as Nate, who reluctantly becomes a partner in the funeral home after his father's death.

1 INT. COMMERCIAL SET/WHITE VOID - DAY 1

We HEAR an OPERATIC ARIA.

CLOSE ON A WOMAN'S WHITE-GLOVED HAND, gracefully trailing

along a reflective black surface. PULLING BACK to reveal a

beautiful MODEL in a sleek black gown, as she moves slowly

past a shiny black luxury car, trailing her fingers along its

contours. It seems as if we're in a television commercial for

some expensive, luxury automobile. Then we WIDEN TO REVEAL

the car is actually a contemporary-model HEARSE.

ANNOUNCER (V.O.)

(soft-spoken, soothing)

The new Millennium Edition Crown Superior

Funeral Coach. Sized to accommodate even

the largest caskets, the XL-500 offers

your loved one the very latest in style

and comfort--

The commercial ends abruptly, as if someone switched the TV

off. MUSIC ENDS and the SCREEN GOES BLACK.

We HEAR Bing Crosby singing "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS."

2 EXT. STREET - AFTERNOON (DAY ONE) 2

SLOWLY TILTING DOWN past plastic CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS hanging

from streetlamps... to an URBAN STREET lined with small

businesses. A SALVATION ARMY SANTA stands on the sidewalk,

RINGING his BELL. This being Los Angeles, it's sunny and there

are palm trees.

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Alan Ball

Alan Erwin Ball (born May 13, 1957)[1] is an American writer, director, and producer for television, film, and theatre. more…

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