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Mena Suvari appears in seven episodes of season four as Claire's friend from art school, Edie. She previously starred in another Alan Ball creation, American Beauty (1999).


Ranked #27 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).


The difference in ages among the Fisher siblings differs somewhat from that of the actors who portrayed them: Nate was born in 1965, like actor Peter Krause; but David was born in 1968, while Michael C. Hall was born in 1971; Claire was born in 1983, while Lauren Ambrose was born in 1978. So, while there's a 15-year hiatus between the births of the brothers and the sister as characters (and it's relevant to the story), the actors' actual birth dates are roughly equidistant.


Rico's first name is Hector; Federico is his middle name.


Keith's middle name is Dwayne. Brenda has no middle name.


Claire's middle name is Simone. Ruth's and Lisa's middle names are never mentioned, but their maiden names are O'Connor and Kemmel, respectively.


# # David's middle name is James (he introduces himself to potential dates in the first season as a lawyer, which he secretly wanted to be, named Jim).


Nate's (and his father's) middle name is Samuel.


Alan Ball specifically wrote the role of Federico Diaz for actor 'Freddy Rodriguez'.


Freddy Rodríguez's real son Giancarlo Rodriguez plays Rico's on-screen son Julio.


Alan Ball's cousin suffered from an arteriovenous malformation, which was the inspiration for the same ailment that afflicts Nate at the end of the first season.


Nikolai's flower shop actually is a real flower shop at 14325 Ventura Blvd and was once a gas station. It was in fact the gas station that James Dean filled up at the day he left out of town on his way to the crash that would kill him (there is a color photo of him at the station about to get back behind the wheel in fact).


Kathy Bates, who directed two episodes in Season 1, would appear in an acting capacity from Season 3 on as Ruth's friend Bettina.


Alan Ball had 13 days to shoot the pilot episode, something which caused him a degree of anxiety, seeing as he had never directed before.


Dina Waters, who plays David's wannabe girlfriend Tracy in the first season, tested for the part of Brenda.


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