The Best Episodes Directed by Alan Ball

Everyone's Waiting

#1 - Everyone's Waiting

Six Feet Under Season 5 - Episode 12

In the series finale, David finally embraces a demon; Keith gives 'tough love'; Nathaniel talks to his younger son; Brenda delivers and fights Nate's negativity; Claire gets an exciting call; and Ted inspires sexy photos.

star 9.18
870 votes
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Untitled

#2 - Untitled

Six Feet Under Season 4 - Episode 12

Kenneth M. Henderson 1954 - 2004 George has a terrible nightmare connected to his apocalyptic fears. George's daughter, Maggie, comes to visit. Rico has trouble adjusting to life without his family. Claire prepares for her gallery opening. David is traumatized after having to identify his carjacker and decides to confront the man. Nate finds a disturbing photo of Lisa in a book given to him by Michaela.

star 8.26
629 votes
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I'm Sorry, I'm Lost

#3 - I'm Sorry, I'm Lost

Six Feet Under Season 3 - Episode 13

Anahid Hovanessian 1951-2003 Ruth and George announce their wedding plans. Nate takes to the booze. A frustrated Rico finds comfort outside the home. Nate, Sr. comes and takes Claire on a tour of the afterlife and also comes to David to encourage him to make amends with Keith. Nate receives devastating news... Lisa Kimmel Fisher 1967-2003

star 8.25
696 votes
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The Road to Paris, Texas

#4 - The Road to Paris, Texas

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 7

Grace wants to get Nadine back on track, so they take a trip to visit Grace's Aunt Vivian.

star 8.18
11 votes
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The Last Time

#5 - The Last Time

Six Feet Under Season 2 - Episode 13

Aaron Buchbinder 1976 - 2002 Nate is not feeling well, emotionally and physically. Something is going on inside him. Keith's work situation changes, and this creates some extra problems between him and David. Federico makes the Fisher's an offer they cannot refuse. Claire graduates from High School.

star 8.07
756 votes
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Regarding Henry

#6 - Regarding Henry

Cybill Season 4 - Episode 1

The series begins its fourth season with a trip back in time to the 16th century, as Cybill undergoes past-life regression treatment on the advice of her therapist when she begins having erotic dreams about Maryann's jilted beau Richard. She discovers that Maryann's poor choice in men goes back to the days of Henry VIII, when Maryann was Anne Bolyne, and returns to the present just in time to head off a close encounter between Maryann and the despised Dr. Dick. Joining Cybill in the Court of King Henry VIII are Zoey as Ariel's father, Ira as her brother the poet, and Justin as a serving wench.

star 7.86
7 votes
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Knock, Knock

#7 - Knock, Knock

Six Feet Under Season 1 - Episode 13

Lillian Grace Montrose October 4, 1936 - June 14, 2001 Tracy Montrose Blair is back but for very different reasons this time. Her Aunt Lillian has passed away and David is the only one that can help her. While David is trying to deal with Tracy's outrageous demands and cope with her ever-changing ideas, Nate is trying to deal with Brenda and her family. Interrupted from his funeral director's exam, Nate scurries over to Brenda's so he can take her to visit Billy. Ruth finally decides she doesn't want to be involved with Nikolai and gets fired because of it.

star 7.84
834 votes
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Pilot

#8 - Pilot

Six Feet Under Season 1 - Episode 1

Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. 1943-2000 Meet the Fisher family. After the patriarch of the family, dies in a hearse-accident, the family comes together to mourn and decide the fate of the family Funeral Home. Nate, who works for an organic grocery store in Seattle, has to deal with more than just the death of his father. His mother, Ruth, is taking the death especially hard because she had been having an affair with her hairdresser, Hiram. David, the closeted homosexual who has helped with the business, has a difficult transition running things. Claire, the youngest of the clan, is a teenager in high-school trying to get comfortable in her own skin. On top of everything the family is already going through, they have a corporate funeral company hounding them to sell out.

star 7.79
1776 votes
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Eleven Eleven

#9 - Eleven Eleven

Here and Now (2018) Season 1 - Episode 1

As Audrey Bayer puts the finishing touches on her husband Greg’s 60th birthday party – a milestone Greg is loath to celebrate – cracks begin to emerge in their progressive, multiracial family. Ramon, the couple’s Colombian-born son, who’s just starting a relationship with Henry, a barista, is having unexplained, recurring encounters with the numbers “11:11.” Duc, adopted from Vietnam, enjoys the fruits of a lucrative career as a “motivational architect,” but his celibacy troubles Audrey. Liberian-born Ashley, a successful fashion-industry exec, is finding more and more reason to shake up her marriage with her husband, Malcolm. And 17-year-old Kristen, the couple’s youngest child, chafes at her banal life, especially compared to her more exotic siblings. After a troubling incident at the birthday party, Audrey and Greg take Ramon to a therapist, Dr. Farid Shokrani, who has an unlikely and unexplainable connection to the young man.

star 7.66
347 votes
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You'll Be the Death of Me

#10 - You'll Be the Death of Me

True Blood Season 1 - Episode 12

Sookie finds a link to the string of killings in Bon Temps; Tara wants to make the most of her second chance; Jason finds a new calling; Bill tempts fate; Sam is upset by an encounter with an old acquaintance.

star 7.63
4077 votes
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Strange Love

#11 - Strange Love

True Blood Season 1 - Episode 1

Across the country, vampires have “come out of the coffin” following the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood. In Louisiana, Sookie Stack house, a waitress with telepathic abilities, falls under the spell of sexy, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton whose thoughts she can’t read. After saving Bill from the Rat trays, a pair of ruthless “vampire drainers”, Sookie tests the limits of Bill’ s gratitude when the two are left alone in the dark. Meanwhile, Sookie’ s best friend Tara goes to work for Sam merlette at his bar and grill, while Sookie’ s roguish brother Jason finds himself in hot water when a “fang-banger” with whom he’s been intimate meets a tragic end.

star 7.25
6753 votes
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