HBO’s ads for its critically hailed funeral-home drama Six Feet Under inevitably call it a ”groundbreaking” series. It’s a clever line (groundbreaking = gravedigging — get it?). But how true is it? EW has unearthed a prematurely buried series set in a mortuary, Fox’s 1990-91 sitcom Good Grief, which trod eerily similar ground. — BF
Family Plot In the pilot, we meet free spirit Nate Fisher, who decides to run the family business, Fisher and Sons Funeral Home, with his straitlaced, but secretly gay, brother, David First Season Lifespan 13 episodes, airing Sundays at 9:30 p.m., after the saucy hit sitcom Sex and the City St. Elsewhere Connection Ed Begley Jr. recurs as Hiram, a coiffure artist who hopes to marry his way into a family of undertakers—until he and Ruth (Frances Conroy) break up Casts Joel Brooks as… Robbie, the fey flower arranger who’s constantly clashing with his coworker Ruth—until they join a self-help cult together Behind The Camera Celeb Ankle breaker Kathy Bates, an Oscar winner for Misery, directed an episode Ghost Dad Nate (Peter Krause) and David (Michael C. Hall) are often spooked by the presence of their dead father (Richard Jenkins) Golden Moment Six Feet won a Golden Globe for Best Drama.
Family Plot In the pilot, we meet free spirit Ernie Lapidus, who decides to run the family business, Sincerity Mortuary, with his straitlaced, but seemingly gay, brother-in-law, Warren First (And Only) Season Lifespan 13 episodes, airing Sundays at 9:30 p.m., after the saucy hit sitcom Married…With Children St. Elsewhere Connection Howie Mandel stars as Ernie, a con artist who marries his way into a family of undertakers Casts Joel Brooks As… Warren Pepper, the fey funeral arranger who’s constantly clashing with his coworker Ernie Behind The Camera Celeb Knee slapper Jerry Lewis, who once hosted the Oscars, causing viewers misery, directed an episode Ghost Dad Ernie is often spooked by the presence of his presumed-dead father (Tom Poston), who’s now posing as an old family friend Golden Moment Well, none really. Grief was (shockingly) passed over by the Globes.