Six Feet Under was about a family-run funeral home where each episode started with a death. Good times. HBO had recently struck gold with Sopranos, and Alan Ball, fresh off his American Beauty masterpiece, was next in line as an anointed showrunner. HBO execs liked his draft of a premiere episode but had one major request: “Could you make it more fucked up?” Mission accomplished: The show was an instant critical darling (22 Emmy nods for its first season) and its audience grew every season. For the 10th anniversary of its sublime series finale Rolling Stone gathers the principals to talk about how it all came to be.