Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under was a critically acclaimed and popular television drama produced by HBO. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season run in the USA on August 21, 2005.

Overview

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The show, created by Alan Ball, stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel ("Nate") Fisher, Jr., the son of a funeral director who reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. Hall. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose). Other regulars include mortician and family friend Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez), Nate's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), and David's boyfriend and eventual husband Keith Charles (Mathew St. Patrick).

The show revolves around the world of Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, a fictitious mortuary set in present day Los Angeles, California (2000–2005).

On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with such issues as relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. At the same time, it is a show that is distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death, which it explores on multiple levels (personal, religious, and philosophical), rather than treating it as a convenient impetus for the solution of a murder. Each episode begins with a death—anything from drowning or heart attack to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. In Season 5, the episode All Alone was the first ever to open without a death, focusing instead on a death revealed at the end of the previous episode. The only other episode that did not feature an opening death scene was the series finale, Everyone's Waiting, which instead began with a birth, and ended with the future death scenes of all of the main characters.

A recurring plot device consists in a character having an imaginary conversation with the person who died at the beginning of the episode. Sometimes, the conversation is with other recurring dead characters, notably Nathaniel Fisher Sr., and, more recently, Nate's late wife Lisa. They represent the living character's internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation. In the later seasons, another device is also used where a real conversation between two living characters slips into the imaginary and becomes unrealistic. The shift cannot be clearly distinguished from the normal flow of the scene until an abrupt cut brings us slightly back in time and reveals the imaginary nature of the past moment.

The Fisher family in an earlier season.

In November 2004, series creator and executive producer Alan Ball announced that the fifth season would be the show's last. The producers and writers felt that after 63 episodes they had told their "story". The series concluded after five seasons, with the finale airing on August 21, 2005.

Setting

The Fisher & Sons Funeral Home in 2001.

Six Feet Under, being a show about death, is also a show about time; each episode is set in a particular month in a "contemporary universe" that spans the period from 2000–2005. Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. (played by Richard Jenkins) dies in the pilot, which begins on December 24, 2000. The next episode is set on January 8, 2001 [1]. Some of the deaths in the series have occurred in other periods, such as the 1970s and the 1950s; in these cases, the story is brought up to date so that the plot revolves around the ramifications of the death, rather than the death itself.

The show devotes considerable attention to continuity. Sometimes six months passes between each episode; on other occasions, a day. In all cases, the story carries on from where it left off in the previous episode.

Cast & Characters

List of episodes

  • List of Six Feet Under episodes

Guest Starring roles

Six Feet Under has had several guest star appearances by Hollywood actors either portraying themselves or playing a character on the series.

Celebrity cameos

  • Leeza Gibbons (Episode 22, Someone Else's Eyes)
  • Ellen DeGeneres (Episode 42, Parallel Play)
  • Nicole Richie (Episode 51, Untitled)
  • Chris Harrison (Episode 52, A Coat of White Primer)
  • Susie Bright (Episode 57, The Rainbow of Her Reasons)

Recurring cast

  • Brenna and Bronwyn Tosh - Maya Fisher (37 episodes)
  • Jeremy Sisto - Billy Chenowith (29 episodes)
  • Lili Taylor - Lisa Kimmel Fisher (23 episodes)
  • Ben Foster - Russell Corwin (22 episodes)
  • Joanna Cassidy - Margaret Chenowith (20 episodes)
  • Richard Jenkins - Nathaniel Fisher (20 episodes)
  • Ed O'Ross - Nikolai (18 episodes)
  • Peter Macdissi - Olivier Castro-Staal (15 episodes)
  • Rainn Wilson - Arthur Martin (13 episodes)
  • Tina Holmes - Maggie Sibley (13 episodes)
  • Sprague Grayden - Anita Miller (12 episodes)
  • Kathy Bates - Bettina (10 episodes)
  • Peter Facinelli - Jimmy (9 episodes)
  • Garrison Hershberger - Matthew Gilardi (8 episodes)
  • Melissa Marsala - Angelica Suarez (8 episodes)
  • Justin Theroux - Joe (8 episodes)
  • Idalis DeLeon - Sophia Morales (8 episodes)
  • Ed Begley, Jr. - Hiram Gunderson (8 episodes)
  • Mena Suvari - Edie (7 episodes)
  • Robert Foxworth - Dr. Bernard Chenowith (6 episodes)
  • Julie Dretzin - Barb Woodworth (6 episodes)
  • Jeff Yagher - Hoyt Woodworth (6 episodes)
  • Kellie Waymire - Melissa (6 episodes)
  • Patricia Clarkson - Sarah O'Connor (6 episodes)
  • Anne Ramsay - Jackie Feldman (6 episodes)
  • Chris Messina - Ted Fairwell (6 episodes)
  • Matt Malloy - Roger Pasquese (6 episodes)
  • Steffani Brass - Michaela Woodworth (5 episodes)
  • Catherine O'Hara - Carol Ward (4 episodes)
  • Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Ramon Diaz (4 episodes)
  • Michelle Trachtenberg - Celeste (4 episodes)
  • Julie White- Mitzi Dalton-Huntley (4 episodes)
  • Janice Lynde - Woman In Turquoise/Mrs. Loretta Sibley (3 episodes)
  • Bobby Cannavale - Javier (3 episodes)
  • Jenna Fischer - Sharon Kinney (2 episodes)
  • Illeana Douglas - Angela (2 episodes)
  • Lee Garlington - Fiona Kleinschmidt (2 episodes)
  • Harriet Sansom Harris - Catherine Collins (2 episodes)
  • Molly Parker - Rabbi Ari Hoffman (2 episodes)

Promotionals

Promotional for the 2005 season, which features Claire driving her trademark lime green hearse into the sunset.

As Six Feet Under gradually became a topic in pop culture after Season 1, HBO came up with very stylish promotional ads to promote the anticipation of upcoming seasons. The promos often depicted the mood that may have occurred in previous episodes or foretold future scenarios. Music, according to creator Alan Ball, plays an integral role in the life of Six Feet Under, as it depicts the mood of the Fishers.

The following songs were played during the teaser trailers for the seasons following Season 1:

  • Season 2: Heaven by Lamb [2]
  • Season 3: A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay [3]
  • Season 4: Feeling Good by Nina Simone [4]
  • Season 5: Breathe Me by Sia Furler [5]

Episode Recaps

  • Trailers for upcoming episodes feature the Six Feet Under theme. Seasons 1 & 5 feature the original version of the song while Seasons 2, 3, 4 feature the Rae & Christian remix.
  • The song played during each episode recap is a 1995 single titled: Nothing Lies Still Long by Pell Mell.

Soundtracks

Two soundtrack albums, featuring music that had appeared in the series, were released:

  • Six Feet Under, 2002
  • Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends, 2005

Scheduling Changes

In March 2005, HBO announced that the final season of Six Feet Under would be moved to Monday evenings starting June 6. The reason being to add an additional night of programming to the HBO lineup for their upcoming summer season which included Entourage and The Comeback. Much to the chagrin of loyal viewers since every episode prior had aired on a Sunday, it would be foolish to move the series during its final season. The Monday night experiment ultimately failed due to decreased ratings and complaints. Six Feet Under returned to its old timeslot on July 10, 2005 after having been in the new timeslot for only five episodes.

Timeframe

The following is a timeframe which features the year the particular episode is set in. Not to be confused with the actual year the episode originally aired.

  • Season 1: 2000 (pilot), 2001 (12 episodes)
  • Season 2: 2001 (8 episodes), 2002 (5 episodes)
  • Season 3: 2002 (1 episode), 2003 (12 episodes)
  • Season 4: 2003,(4 episodes), 2004 (8 episodes)
  • Season 5: 2004 (2 episodes), 2005 (10 episodes)

Trivia

  • Alan Ball conceived the premise to create the show after the death of his sister and father. HBO entertainment president, Carolyn Strauss proposed the idea to Ball.
  • The Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home is located at 2302 West 25th St. in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, the actual location of The Filipino Federation of America.
  • Alan Ball considers Los Angeles the world capital of the denial of death.
  • Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) has a strong Australian accent in real life.
  • The pilot episode features several spoof commercials for funeral homes and products. This was intended to be a recurring feature throughout the series but was dropped after the first episode.
  • Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), Michael C. Hall (David Fisher), Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) and Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher) appeared in all 63 of the series' episodes.
    • Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) did not appear in four episodes of Season 3 due to her 2002 pregnancy.
    • Mathew St. Patrick (Keith Charles) did not appear in three episodes of the series due to his Season 1 story arc.
    • Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) appeared in 62 episodes, missing one episode 1.09 "Life's Too Short" due to Federico's storyline.
  • Alan Ball had 13 days to shoot the pilot.
  • HBO renewed the series for a second season a week after the pilot aired.
  • Kathy Bates who was a director during the first three seasons went on to pursue a recurring role on the series as Ruth's friend, Bettina.
  • Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) had a recurring role on Alan Ball's ABC series, Oh, Grow Up! which aired in 1999, two years prior to Six Feet Under. The show was cancelled after 11 episodes.
  • Rachel Griffiths' (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) second pregnancy in 2004 was written into the show.
  • Caskets for the show are made by ABC Caskets in Los Angeles.
  • Each Fisher sibling has lived in the Fisher coach house during the duration of the series. David in the first two seasons. Nate and Lisa during the third season and Claire in the fourth and fifth seasons.
  • Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) is only 12 years older than Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), despite playing his mother.
  • Only two episodes of the series have been co-written: Episode 30, Nobody Sleeps and Episode 49, The Black Forest, which is very odd for a series since many writers on other shows are paired up into writing teams.
  • The series converted to HDTV (16:9 widescreen) during the third season (2003).
  • Justina Machado (Vanessa Diaz) became a series regular in 2005 after being in a guest starring role since Episode 2 of the series.
  • Tina Holmes (Maggie Sibley) originally auditioned for the minor role of "Marci", Bettina's daughter in The Black Forest. Holmes did not get the job but was called back to read for George's daughter, Maggie.
  • Every episode written by writer and cartoonist, Bruce Eric Kaplan begins with the word "The" in the episode's title, e.g. The Foot, The Dare.
  • Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz), Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher), Peter Facinelli (Jimmy) and Eric Balfour (Gabriel Dimas) were all in the 1998 movie, Can't Hardly Wait.
  • Amy Spanger who played Holly Duncan, (the death of the week's sister) in Static is the wife of Michael C. Hall (David Fisher) in real life.
  • The series finale, Everyone's Waiting is the longest episode of the series clocking in at 75 minutes.

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Not to be confused with the actual year the episode originally aired. It was titled The Roar of Love. The following is a timeframe which features the year the particular episode is set in. A musical retelling of the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was released in 1980 by Contemporary Christian group 2nd Chapter of Acts. Six Feet Under returned to its old timeslot on July 10, 2005 after having been in the new timeslot for only five episodes. The movie achieved critical and box office success, and it seems likely that Disney will produce a sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian with an expected release date of December 2007. The Monday night experiment ultimately failed due to decreased ratings and complaints. Principal photography for the film took place in Poland, Czech Republic and New Zealand.

Much to the chagrin of loyal viewers since every episode prior had aired on a Sunday, it would be foolish to move the series during its final season. The screenplay was written by Ann Peacock. The reason being to add an additional night of programming to the HBO lineup for their upcoming summer season which included Entourage and The Comeback. It was directed by Andrew Adamson. In March 2005, HBO announced that the final season of Six Feet Under would be moved to Monday evenings starting June 6. A film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, titled The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, produced by both Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, was released in December 2005. Two soundtrack albums, featuring music that had appeared in the series, were released:. Adaptations were created by Irita Kutchmy [6]; Jules Tasca, Thomas Tierney & Ted Drachman[7]; Adrian Mitchell[8]; Joseph Robinette[9]; and Aurand Harris[10].

The following songs were played during the teaser trailers for the seasons following Season 1:. There are also other dramatisations including musicals of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Magician's Nephew that have been performed in various community playhouses in recent years. Music, according to creator Alan Ball, plays an integral role in the life of Six Feet Under, as it depicts the mood of the Fishers. Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell and originally directed by Adrian Noble with revival directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace, the production was well received and ran during the holiday season from 1998 to 2002.[5] The London Evening Standard wrote:. The promos often depicted the mood that may have occurred in previous episodes or foretold future scenarios. In 1998 the Royal Shakespeare Theatre premiered The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As Six Feet Under gradually became a topic in pop culture after Season 1, HBO came up with very stylish promotional ads to promote the anticipation of upcoming seasons. From the Focus on the Family website:.

Six Feet Under has had several guest star appearances by Hollywood actors either portraying themselves or playing a character on the series. Lewis, hosts the series. In all cases, the story carries on from where it left off in the previous episode. Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Sometimes six months passes between each episode; on other occasions, a day. Total running time is slightly over 22 hours. The show devotes considerable attention to continuity. Production included a cast of over 100 actors, an original orchestral score and cinema-quality digital sound design.

Some of the deaths in the series have occurred in other periods, such as the 1970s and the 1950s; in these cases, the story is brought up to date so that the plot revolves around the ramifications of the death, rather than the death itself. Between 1999 and 2002 Focus on the Family produced radio dramatizations of all 7 books[4]. The next episode is set on January 8, 2001 [1]. Collectively titled Tales of Narnia it covers the entire series and is approximately 15 hours long. (played by Richard Jenkins) dies in the pilot, which begins on December 24, 2000. The critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatization was produced in the 1980s. Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. The four miniseries were later edited into three feature-length films (combining Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) and released on DVD.

Six Feet Under, being a show about death, is also a show about time; each episode is set in a particular month in a "contemporary universe" that spans the period from 2000–2005. Only The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair were filmed. The series concluded after five seasons, with the finale airing on August 21, 2005. They were nominated for a total of 14 awards, including an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Children's Program. The producers and writers felt that after 63 episodes they had told their "story". The Chronicles of Narnia were turned into a series of successful BBC television miniseries in 1988–1990 (see The Chronicles of Narnia (TV miniseries)). In November 2004, series creator and executive producer Alan Ball announced that the fifth season would be the show's last. It won the Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program that year.

The shift cannot be clearly distinguished from the normal flow of the scene until an abrupt cut brings us slightly back in time and reveals the imaginary nature of the past moment. Connell. In the later seasons, another device is also used where a real conversation between two living characters slips into the imaginary and becomes unrealistic. The screenplay was by David D. They represent the living character's internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation. It was a co-production of Bill Melendez (Charlie Brown) and the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street and The Electric Company). Sometimes, the conversation is with other recurring dead characters, notably Nathaniel Fisher Sr., and, more recently, Nate's late wife Lisa. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was turned into an animated television special in 1979.

A recurring plot device consists in a character having an imaginary conversation with the person who died at the beginning of the episode. Unlike subsequent adaptations, it is currently unavailable to purchase for home viewing. The only other episode that did not feature an opening death scene was the series finale, Everyone's Waiting, which instead began with a birth, and ended with the future death scenes of all of the main characters. The screenplay was written by Trevor Preston. In Season 5, the episode All Alone was the first ever to open without a death, focusing instead on a death revealed at the end of the previous episode. The ten episodes, each thirty minutes long, were directed by Helen Standage. Each episode begins with a death—anything from drowning or heart attack to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was first turned into a television series in 1967.

At the same time, it is a show that is distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death, which it explores on multiple levels (personal, religious, and philosophical), rather than treating it as a convenient impetus for the solution of a murder. Narnia itself is populated by a wide variety of creatures most of whom would be recognizable to those familiar with Roman/Norse mythology and Irish/English fairy tales. On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with such issues as relationships, infidelity, homosexuality, and religion. Visitors to Narnia observe that the passage of time while they are away is unpredictable. The show revolves around the world of Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, a fictitious mortuary set in present day Los Angeles, California (2000–2005). Passage between these worlds is possible though rare and may be accomplished in various fashions. Patrick). The Narnian world itself is one world in a multiverse of countless worlds including our own.

Other regulars include mortician and family friend Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez), Nate's longtime girlfriend and eventual wife Brenda Chenowith (Rachel Griffiths), and David's boyfriend and eventual husband Keith Charles (Mathew St. Most of The Chronicles of Narnia take place in the world of Narnia. The Fisher clan also includes mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose). According to Jacobs, "Those who dislike Christianity itself can be far more harsh: Thus the English novelist Philip Hensher chastised Lewis a few years ago because his books 'corrupt the minds of the young with allegory,' and suggested (only half-jokingly, I think) that parents should give their children 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' to read rather than a Narnia tale.". Hall. Some of the criticism may be related to Narnia's Christian content. The show, created by Alan Ball, stars Peter Krause as Nathaniel ("Nate") Fisher, Jr., the son of a funeral director who reluctantly becomes a partner in the family funeral business with his brother David, played by Michael C. Read the stories, ask questions, and remember that the person who wrote this story was altogether too human.".

. We don't. It first aired on June 3, 2001 and concluded its fifth and final season run in the USA on August 21, 2005. O'Connor writes, "In his time, people thought it was amusing to make fun of other cultures. Six Feet Under was a critically acclaimed and popular television drama produced by HBO. Tolkien and Charles Williams remained popular over such a long period of time suggests to some that many of the criticisms which have been voiced are minority views, not thought to be significant by the reading public. The series finale, Everyone's Waiting is the longest episode of the series clocking in at 75 minutes. The fact that Lewis and other similar-minded contemporaries such as J.R.R.

Hall (David Fisher) in real life. Lewis supporters point to the fact that Lewis writings have a particularly British Victorian era flavour that was much in fashion during his lifetime, but that may be seen as politically incorrect nowadays. Amy Spanger who played Holly Duncan, (the death of the week's sister) in Static is the wife of Michael C. B14). Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz), Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher), Peter Facinelli (Jimmy) and Eric Balfour (Gabriel Dimas) were all in the 1998 movie, Can't Hardly Wait. (Nelson 2005, pp. The Foot, The Dare. In The Last Battle, the Calormene Emeth is accepted by Aslan although he is a worshiper of Tash.

Every episode written by writer and cartoonist, Bruce Eric Kaplan begins with the word "The" in the episode's title, e.g. In The Horse and His Boy, one of the main characters, Aravis, is a female Calormene princess that ends up marrying an Archenlander prince of white ethnicity. Holmes did not get the job but was called back to read for George's daughter, Maggie. There are Calormene characters portrayed in a positive light throughout the series. Tina Holmes (Maggie Sibley) originally auditioned for the minor role of "Marci", Bettina's daughter in The Black Forest. The Calormenes worship a main "false god" Tash, who is portrayed as a stereotypical Satanic being requiring evil deeds and sacrifices from his followers. Justina Machado (Vanessa Diaz) became a series regular in 2005 after being in a guest starring role since Episode 2 of the series. This depiction has been cited as a blatant comparison to the traditional attire of Islam and Sikhism, although critics ignore the fact that the polytheistic Calormene religion bears no resemblance to Islam.

The series converted to HDTV (16:9 widescreen) during the third season (2003). The Calormenes are described as dark-skinned people who wear turbans and pointy slippers and are armed with scimitars. Only two episodes of the series have been co-written: Episode 30, Nobody Sleeps and Episode 49, The Black Forest, which is very odd for a series since many writers on other shows are paired up into writing teams. The racism critique is based on a perceived negative representation of other races and religions, particularly the Calormenes, as enemies of Aslan and Narnia (Hensher 1998). Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) is only 12 years older than Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), despite playing his mother. He writes:. Nate and Lisa during the third season and Claire in the fourth and fifth seasons. In addition to the sexism accusation, Pullman has also implicated The Chronicles of Narnia series in fostering racism.

David in the first two seasons. (Anderson 2005), (Rilstone 2005), (Jacobs 2005). Each Fisher sibling has lived in the Fisher coach house during the duration of the series. It is asserted that Lucy is the most admirable of the human characters, and that in general the girls come off better than the boys through the stories. Caskets for the show are made by ABC Caskets in Los Angeles. They also cite the positive roles of women in the series, like Lucy Pevensie and Aravis Tarkheena, who are main characters in the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy, respectively. Rachel Griffiths' (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) second pregnancy in 2004 was written into the show. Moreover, in The Horse and his Boy, Susan's adulthood and sexual maturity is portrayed in a positive light.

The show was cancelled after 11 episodes. But others oppose this view, arguing that the "lipsticks, nylons and invitations" quote is taken out of context and that Susan is excluded from Narnia in The Last Battle specifically because she no longer believes in it. Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) had a recurring role on Alan Ball's ABC series, Oh, Grow Up! which aired in 1999, two years prior to Six Feet Under. Philip Pullman author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, interprets it this way:. Kathy Bates who was a director during the first three seasons went on to pursue a recurring role on the series as Ruth's friend, Bettina. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has said:. HBO renewed the series for a second season a week after the pilot aired. J.K.

Alan Ball had 13 days to shoot the pilot. Lewis characterizes Susan as being "no longer a friend of Narnia" and interested "in nothing nowadays except lipstick, nylons and invitations". Freddy Rodriguez (Federico Diaz) appeared in 62 episodes, missing one episode 1.09 "Life's Too Short" due to Federico's storyline. Allegations of sexism centre around the description of Susan Pevensie in The Last Battle. Patrick (Keith Charles) did not appear in three episodes of the series due to his Season 1 story arc. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia series have received various criticisms over the years, much of it by fellow authors. Mathew St. C.S.

Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) did not appear in four episodes of Season 3 due to her 2002 pregnancy. In addition to appearances in mainstream pop-culture, references to Narnia are even more prevalent among Christian recording artists — for example, the Christian melodic metal band Narnia. Hall (David Fisher), Frances Conroy (Ruth Fisher) and Lauren Ambrose (Claire Fisher) appeared in all 63 of the series' episodes.

    . Recently, Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg from Saturday Night Live did a skit where they rapped about a trip to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at a movie theater. Peter Krause (Nate Fisher), Michael C. References to the lion Aslan, travelling via wardrobe, and direct references to The Chronicles of Narnia occur in books, television, songs, games and graphic novels. This was intended to be a recurring feature throughout the series but was dropped after the first episode. As one would expect with any popular, long lived work, references to The Chronicles of Narnia are relatively common in pop-culture.

    The pilot episode features several spoof commercials for funeral homes and products. The story uses several Narnian allegories to explore issues of religion and faith versus science and knowledge. Rachel Griffiths (Brenda Chenowith Fisher) has a strong Australian accent in real life. Science fiction author Greg Egan's short story 'Oracle' depicts a parallel universe with an author nicknamed "Jack" who has written novels about the fictional Kingdom of Nesica, and whose wife is dying of cancer. Alan Ball considers Los Angeles the world capital of the denial of death. Additionally, Gaiman's Sandman graphic novel series, in its story arc entitled "A Game of You", features a Narnia-like "dream island". in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, the actual location of The Filipino Federation of America. The short story The Problem of Susan[3] written by Neil Gaiman tells the story of Susan Pevensie long after the conclusion of Lewis' series (available in Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy edited by Al Sarrantonio).

    The Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home is located at 2302 West 25th St. Pullman's series favours science and reason over religion, wholly rejecting the themes of Christian theology which permeate the Narnia series, but has many of the same issues, subject matter, and types of characters (including talking animals) as the Chronicles of Narnia. HBO entertainment president, Carolyn Strauss proposed the idea to Ball. A more recent British series of novels, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, has been seen as an "answer" to the Narnia books. Alan Ball conceived the premise to create the show after the death of his sister and father. (Ford 2005). Season 5: 2004 (2 episodes), 2005 (10 episodes). However, since Lewis's first successes at Oxford were in the classics and ancient history, it is quite possible that he came across at least seven references to Narnia in Latin literature.

    Season 4: 2003,(4 episodes), 2004 (8 episodes). According to Paul Ford's Companion to Narnia: There is no indication that Lewis was alluding to the ancient Umbrian city Nequinium, renamed Narnia (after the river Nar, a tributary of the Tiber) by the conquering Romans in 299 BC. Season 3: 2002 (1 episode), 2003 (12 episodes). The Inklings were also known to gather at a local pub, The Eagle and Child. Season 2: 2001 (8 episodes), 2002 (5 episodes). Lewis's college rooms at Magdalen College. Season 1: 2000 (pilot), 2001 (12 episodes). S.

    2: Everything Ends, 2005. These readings and discussions were usually held on Thursday evenings in C. Six Feet Under, Vol. Readings and discussions of the members' unfinished works were the principal purposes of meetings. Six Feet Under, 2002. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson. The song played during each episode recap is a 1995 single titled: Nothing Lies Still Long by Pell Mell. R.

    Seasons 1 & 5 feature the original version of the song while Seasons 2, 3, 4 feature the Rae & Christian remix. R. Trailers for upcoming episodes feature the Six Feet Under theme. Its members included such notables as J. Season 5: Breathe Me by Sia Furler [5]. Lewis was part of the Inklings, a literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, England. Season 4: Feeling Good by Nina Simone [4]. (Wilson 2005).

    Season 3: A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay [3]. Some of these children stayed with Lewis at his home in Oxford. Season 2: Heaven by Lamb [2]. During World War II, many children were evacuated from London because of air raids. Molly Parker - Rabbi Ari Hoffman (2 episodes). Like Caspian and Tirian, Lewis lost his mother at an early age, and like Edmund, Jill and Eustace, he spent a long, miserable time in English boarding schools. Harriet Sansom Harris - Catherine Collins (2 episodes). The house contained long hallways and empty rooms, and Lewis and his brother invented make-believe worlds while exploring their home.

    Lee Garlington - Fiona Kleinschmidt (2 episodes). Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898, Lewis' family moved to a large house in the country when he was seven. Illeana Douglas - Angela (2 episodes). Lewis' early life has echoes within the Chronicles. Jenna Fischer - Sharon Kinney (2 episodes). CS Lewis himself stated in an essay called Is Theism Important?:. Bobby Cannavale - Javier (3 episodes). Assuming that Lewis did indeed base aspects of The Chronicles of Narnia on the New Testament, Lewis might have, in fact, been infusing pagan symbolism, allegory, and supposition into The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Loretta Sibley (3 episodes). MacDonald, PhD, who teaches at the Claremont School of Theology, has written numerous books stating that portions of the New Testament are actually derived from Classical pagan Greek literature like the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer(MacDonald 2000), (MacDonald 2003) though the actual resemblance between the two are very mild, and in the stories are woven deep and unique biblical elements. Janice Lynde - Woman In Turquoise/Mrs. A religious studies professor, Dennis R. Julie White- Mitzi Dalton-Huntley (4 episodes). [1] Joseph Campbell himself felt that the New Testament adhered to the archetypal monomyth and was but "one version of mythic stories that can be found in many cultures."[2] Both The Chronicles of Narnia and the New Testament are rife with Jungian archetypal imagery. Michelle Trachtenberg - Celeste (4 episodes). Drew Trotter, PhD, president of the Center for Christian Study, noted that the producers of the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia felt that The Chronicles of Narnia closely follows the archetypal pattern of the monomyth as detailed in Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces.

    Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Ramon Diaz (4 episodes). Therefore the Lion was was King over all in Narnia, including the pagan Gods, which is why many christians don't find the mythology offensive.[citation needed] In any case, most childrens fantasy contain mythological creatures.[citation needed]. Catherine O'Hara - Carol Ward (4 episodes). (Chattaway 2005), (Berit 2005) According to Josh Hurst from Christianity Today, "not only was Lewis hesitant to call his books Christian allegory, but the stories borrow just as much from pagan mythology as they do the Bible."(Hurst 2005) However, the mythological creatures in the stories are portrayed just as normal an animal as all the other, real species talking animals, and not in a pagan-religious light.[citation needed] The Pagan Gods seem to be under the rule of Aslan (and not as great) and perhaps were supposed to be seen as mortal. Steffani Brass - Michaela Woodworth (5 episodes). Even an animistic "River god" is portrayed in a positive light. Matt Malloy - Roger Pasquese (6 episodes). Satyrs, fauns, centaurs, dwarves, werewolves, giants, and even the pagan god Bacchus and the Maenads are depicted in a positive light, when they are distinctly pagan motifs.

    Chris Messina - Ted Fairwell (6 episodes). There are many Christians who feel that The Chronicles of Narnia promotes soft sell paganism and occultism, because of the recurring pagan themes and the heretical depictions of Christ as an anthropomorphic lion. Anne Ramsay - Jackie Feldman (6 episodes). In the Bible, Jesus is also referred to as the Lion of the Tribe of Judea. Patricia Clarkson - Sarah O'Connor (6 episodes). The thorn is symbolic of the crown of thorns, and that Eustace pricked his paw is symbolic of how man put Christ on the cross. Kellie Waymire - Melissa (6 episodes). This is symbolic of how only Jesus's blood when he died on the cross could bring man to heaven (and give them life), and the water that purifies.

    Jeff Yagher - Hoyt Woodworth (6 episodes). Aslan commands Eustace to prick his paw with a thorn, and Aslan lets the blood drop on Caspian, who in turn comes alive. Julie Dretzin - Barb Woodworth (6 episodes). Also, in The Silver Chair, the dead King Caspian is brought to Aslan's terriritory, where Caspian lay in a river. Bernard Chenowith (6 episodes). Christ was called the Lamb of God in Bible, and it is almost certain that he meant the name Jesus. Robert Foxworth - Dr. In the 5th book in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan turns from a lamb into a lion and tells the children that he brought them to Narnia to learn his other name on Earth.

    Mena Suvari - Edie (7 episodes). Many parts of the books may seem rather out-of-place, but make sense in light of the symbolism they carry. - Hiram Gunderson (8 episodes). (Kent 2005). Ed Begley, Jr. Some Christians see the chronicles as excellent tools for Christian evangelism. Idalis DeLeon - Sophia Morales (8 episodes). Lewis, says flatly that Lewis has become "a pawn in America's culture wars" (Jacobs 2005).

    Justin Theroux - Joe (8 episodes). (Toynbee 2005) Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: The Life and Imaginaton of C.S. Melissa Marsala - Angelica Suarez (8 episodes). Some find them distasteful, while noting that they are easy to miss if you are not familiar with Christianity. Garrison Hershberger - Matthew Gilardi (8 episodes). With the release of 2005 Disney movie there has been renewed interest in the Christian parallels found in the books. Peter Facinelli - Jimmy (9 episodes). Hook in December of 1958:.

    Kathy Bates - Bettina (10 episodes). As he wrote in a letter to a Mrs. Sprague Grayden - Anita Miller (12 episodes). This is similar to what we would now call alternative history. Tina Holmes - Maggie Sibley (13 episodes). Lewis, an expert on the subject of allegory, himself maintained that the books were not allegory, and preferred to call the Christian aspects of them "suppositional". Rainn Wilson - Arthur Martin (13 episodes). As he wrote in Of Other Worlds:.

    Peter Macdissi - Olivier Castro-Staal (15 episodes). Although he did not set out to do so, in the process of writing his fantasy works, Lewis (an adult convert to Christianity) found himself incorporating Christian theological concepts into his stories. Ed O'Ross - Nikolai (18 episodes). Because of this, The Chronicles of Narnia have become favourites with both children and adults, Christians and non-Christians. Richard Jenkins - Nathaniel Fisher (20 episodes). The Chronicles of Narnia contain many allusions to Christian ideas which are easily accessible to younger readers; however, the books are not weighty, and can be read for their adventure, colour, and mythological ideas alone. Joanna Cassidy - Margaret Chenowith (20 episodes). Ironically, Douglas Gresham, who pushed the publishers to reorder the books, is now the co-producer of the Narnia film series—which is being made in the original order.

    Ben Foster - Russell Corwin (22 episodes). For re-reading, as Lewis said, "perhaps it does not matter very much". Lili Taylor - Lisa Kimmel Fisher (23 episodes). It is important to keep in mind that this dispute only applies to the first reading of the books. Jeremy Sisto - Billy Chenowith (29 episodes). This argument hinges partly on the claim that Chronology is not equivalent to Narrative. Brenna and Bronwyn Tosh - Maya Fisher (37 episodes). For this reason, many think that children are deprived of the mystery that could have existed for them had the original order been used.

    Susie Bright (Episode 57, The Rainbow of Her Reasons). Story events such as the creation story, the origin of the White Witch, the active wood of which the wardrobe is made, and the identity of the professor are all described before the reader knows much about Narnia or the story of the White Witch. Chris Harrison (Episode 52, A Coat of White Primer). Another argument put forth by fans of the original order is that an early reading of The Magician's Nephew spoils much of the wonder felt upon discovering Narnia through the wardrobe in LWW. Nicole Richie (Episode 51, Untitled). and ends,. Ellen DeGeneres (Episode 42, Parallel Play). It begins,.

    Leeza Gibbons (Episode 22, Someone Else's Eyes). By contrast, in The Magician's Nephew, Lewis is filling in some of the back-story of the series. List of Six Feet Under episodes. Prince Caspian, which is subtitled "The Return to Narnia", refers to "the other story". and the story ends,. For instance, in The Lion, when Aslan is first mentioned, Lewis says,.

    (Brady 2005) It's clear from the texts that The Lion was the first book—and that The Magician's Nephew was not. Fans of the series who appreciate the original order believe that Lewis was only being polite to a child and that he could have changed the order in his lifetime had he so desired.
    Gresham quoted Lewis's reply to a letter from an American fan in 1957 who was having an argument with his mother about the order:. When HarperCollins took over the series, the books were renumbered using the internal chronological order, as suggested by Lewis's stepson, Douglas Gresham.

    The first American publisher, Macmillan, put numbers on the books in the order in which they were published. When the books were originally published, they were not numbered. Fans of the series often have strong opinions over the correct ordering of the books. Jill and Eustace are returned to Narnia to help save it from treacherous invaders and a false Aslan.

    Published in 1956 and awarded the Carnegie Medal, The Last Battle chronicles the end of the world of Narnia. Many mysteries of Narnia are revealed as another group of children stumble into Narnia via an entirely different route. Published in 1955, the prequel The Magician's Nephew brings us back to the very beginning of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. This chronicle is set during the reign of the Pevensie Children as Kings and Queens of Narnia.

    On their journey they discover that the Calormenes are about to invade Narnia and sound the alarm. By chance, one day they meet and plan their return to Narnia and freedom. Published in 1954, The Horse and His Boy tells the story of Bree, a talking horse, and Shasta, a young boy, who have been held in bondage in a country to the South of Narnia. Eustace and Jill face danger before finding Rilian and breaking him free from the spell of the Emerald Witch.

    There they are given four clues to find Prince Rilian who is missing. Instead, Aslan calls Eustace back to Narnia together with his fellow student Jill Pole. Published in 1953, The Silver Chair is the first book without the Pevensie children. This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan's country at the end of the world.

    Once there they accompany King Caspian on a voyage to find the seven lords who were banished when Caspian's evil uncle Miraz stole the throne. Published in 1952, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader returns Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, to Narnia. The four children help the young Prince Caspian organize his army of Talking Beasts, and, with the help of the great lion Aslan, Narnia is once more freed of evil. This foreign ruler has tried to kill off the magical creatures of Narnia, but there are still many hiding in the remote corners of the land.

    Published in 1951, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia tells the story of the Pevensie children's second trip to Narnia where they discover that an evil king from Telmar has taken control of Narnia. The tale culminates in an epic battle against the forces of the witch. They are helped in their quest by several creatures, including Aslan the Lion, the guardian of Narnia. They discover that a professor's wardrobe leads to the magical land of Narnia, and help to save it from the evil White Witch.

    Lewis, tells the story of four ordinary children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, published in 1950 by C.S. (Guthmann 2005). Lewis' works having sold more than 95 million copies in 41 languages.

    They are by far the most popular of C.S. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia are presented below in the order in which they were originally published (see reading order below). . The Chronicles present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good is fighting evil.

    Pauline Baynes illustrated the original books in the series. The books have been adapted for radio, television, stage and cinema. Written by Lewis between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia contains Christian themes and borrows from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional English and Irish fairy tales. More than 95 million copies of the books have been sold in 41 languages.

    It is considered a classic of children's literature and is perhaps the author's best known work. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C.S. Campbell, Joseph (1972), The Hero With a Thousand Faces, ISBN 0691017840.

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    Kent, Keri Wyatt (2005), "Talking Narnia to Your Neighbors", Christianity Today, no. Toynbee, Polly (2005), "Narnia represents everything that is most hateful about religion", The Guardian. OConnor, Kyrie (2005), "5th Narnia book may not see big screen", The Indianapolis Star. Rilstone, Andrew (2005), "Lipstick on My Scholar", The Life and Opinions of Andrew Rilstone.

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