Premise

Life---and death---at a family-owned funeral home in Los Angeles plays out in this provocative, at times macabre series created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball (`American Beauty'). A recipient of several Emmys, it's a compelling, superbly acted drama laced with considerable wit and poignancy. Each episode begins with a fresh corpse (including the clan's patriarch in the premiere), which usually has something to do with the ongoing dysfunction in and around the Fisher household.

Active Cast

Peter Krause Nate Fisher
Michael C. Hall David Fisher
Frances Conroy Ruth Fisher
Lauren Ambrose Claire Fisher
Rachel Griffiths Brenda Chenowith
Freddy Rodriguez Federico Diaz
Richard Jenkins Nathaniel Fisher Sr.
Justina Machado Vanessa Diaz

Former Cast

Jeremy Sisto Billy Chenowith
Joanna Cassidy Margaret Chenowith
Lili Taylor Lisa Kimmel Fisher
Patricia Clarkson Sarah O'Conner
Rainn Wilson Arthur Martin