The third season explores the intertwining struggles for connection and for personal freedom. It starts slowly but compellingly, laying out the changes in the Fishers' lives.
Nate has married and has a baby. David is settling into tense domesticity with his angry boyfriend. Claire has launched into art school. Ruth, their mother, is reaching out for companionship from an emotionally-stilted young intern, and Brenda, Nate's ex-fiancee, has apparently vanished from their lives.
But as storylines unfold across the 13 episodes, the emotional heft of the season comes from the expanded roles of the family's intimates. Federico, who has leveraged his way into a partnership with the Fisher brothers, finds himself fighting to be treated as an equal at work and struggling with his wife's depression at home.
Trying to sort out their relationship, David and Keith negotiate everything from therapy to threesomes. Meanwhile Lisa, Nate's unhappy wife, increasingly becomes the centre of the season as her jealousy and need become unbearable.
Though big events happen, the most jolting drama on Six Feet Under comes from small conflicts: miscommunications, crossed desires, habits that do not mesh.
"By this third season, the show has taken on the richness and complexity of a great novel; it's an impressive and deeply enjoyable achievement." ~ Bret Fetzer