Families are sometimes tough. There is the love but there are plenty of other things like death, guilt, illness and plenty more. Though many would think that this is a very odd family, and while strange things do happen to them in volume because…well, this is a television show, they are actually quite normal. The things that happen to them happen in many families. Things like death, illness, arguments, love, and on and on. As a viewer, there is plenty to sink your teeth into here as well as relate to.
Like most HBO series this one features excellent writing and acting. Though this is a different kind of series. With different pacing and tone. It verges on odd. Takes some getting used to. By season three, though, most viewers have settled in. Plenty of quirks and each character has their own particular idiosyncrasies. Instead of being completely odd, this is what makes the series very watchable.
What the series does very well is allow space for the main characters. Each of the main characters gets their own storylines. Moments in the spotlight. The season starts off with a dire health issue for Nate (played by Peter Krause). When he recovers Nate seems to be totally embracing his role of husband and father. Something he had been a little hesitant previously. Lisa (played by Lili Taylor) also makes changes in her life which perplex Nate. Brenda (played by Rachel Griffiths) decides it is time to reconcile with Nate. Claire (played by Lauren Ambrose) settles into her art program but there are plenty of bumps along the road. Rico (played by Freddy Rodriguez) decides it is time to be treated as an equal at the funeral parlour at the same time he is having issues in his family life. Ruth (played by Frances Conroy) has different issues with the men in her life. Keith (played by Matthew St. Patrick) is lost without his job; he tries to figure out what he wants to do next. David (played by Michael C. Hall) makes a decision about his relationship with Keith.
Cameo appearances by Kathy Bates, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson, Catherine O’Hara, Ben Foster, Zachary Quinto, Evan Handler, Richard Jenkins, Rainn Wilson, Justin Theroux, Pamela Adlon, Josh Radnor, Silas Weir Mitchell, Jeremy Sisto, Joanna Cassidy, Robert Foxworth, Arye Gross, and James Cromwell this season.
-Season One and Two Recap
-“Living on the Ledge: A Bird’s Eye View of the Third Season”