Family Plots

Family Plots

2004 - 2005, Reality
Reality series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at a family run mortuary in California.

Episode Guide

  • Family Plots - Rest in Peace (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    Rest in Peace

    Rick has diamond jewelry made from the ashes of his dead son; Chuck's family seeks out a family plot.

  • Family Plots - Curb Your Anger (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    Curb Your Anger

    Ongoing anger issues surface; Rick and Shonna call in a relationship specialist.

  • Family Plots - Something's Gotta Give (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    Something's Gotta Give

    Tensions between Chuck and Rick explode; Shonna threatens to quit.

  • Family Plots - A New Gal in Town (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    A New Gal in Town

    Rick brings his new girlfriend to the mortuary; John bonds with the children of a female federal marshal.

  • Family Plots - In the Spirit (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    In the Spirit

    Shonna plans a Halloween party; the gang hires a psychic to find out whether the funeral home is haunted.

  • Family Plots - Ashes to Ashes (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Ashes to Ashes

    An influx of cancer-related deaths gets the gang thinking about giving up smoking.

  • Family Plots - Testing the Waters (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Testing the Waters

    Funeral director David baby-sits for newly single Emily, who has begun dating.

  • Family Plots - Daddy's Girls (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Daddy's Girls

    Shonna does a radio-show interview; Melissa takes Chuck speed-dating; John bonds with a widow.

  • Family Plots - Business Is Dead (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Business Is Dead

    When the staff has too much free time on its hands, tensions rise; a son needs help with the sudden passing of his father.

  • Family Plots - Live Long and Prosper (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Live Long and Prosper

    Her husband of 80 years sees a great-great-grandmother for the last time.

  • Family Plots - Boxing the Past (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Boxing the Past

    Emily separates from her husband; one of the boxers whom Chuck coaches has a big fight in Las Vegas.

  • Family Plots - Generations (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:


    Chuck remembers his grandmother; Shonna is impatient with her father; Melissa helps Chuck to outfit his cat for a contest.

  • Family Plots - Baptism by Fire (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Baptism by Fire

    After hiring a new employee, staff members reflect on how they got their start in the funeral business.

  • Family Plots - Scent of a Man (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Scent of a Man

    Chuck's daughters set him up on a date with a fan.

  • Family Plots - The Web We Weave (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    The Web We Weave

    A woman helps set up the mortuary's first Web site.

  • Family Plots - Parentless (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:


    A family buries the much-loved father; Chuck leaves John and David stranded on their way to a funeral.

  • Family Plots - Sink or Swim (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Sink or Swim

    Rick invites the staff to a swim party.

  • Family Plots - In Memoriam (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    In Memoriam

    A young couple lose their 3-month-old son.

  • Family Plots - Cleaning House (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Cleaning House

    Funeral director John is recently separated from his wife and living on his own.

  • Family Plots - For Funerals and a Wedding (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    For Funerals and a Wedding

    A couple who met in grief counseling after losing their spouses ask if they can be married at the mortuary.

  • Family Plots - The Un-anniversary (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    The Un-anniversary

    Chuck's ex-wife plans a party; Chuck has a big fight with John.

  • Family Plots - Back in the Saddle (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Back in the Saddle

    Rick gets a date for the rodeo; Chuck and John look for women.

  • Family Plots - New Blood (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    New Blood

    Rick hires a new funeral-arranger; the staff prepares for the funeral of a man who was also in the funeral business.

  • Family Plots - Boiling Point (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Boiling Point

    Tensions at the mortuary come to an explosive head.

  • Family Plots - Birthday Bash (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Birthday Bash

    The staff tries to keep a child's birthday party a secret from Rick.

  • Family Plots - Where's the Love (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Where's the Love

    The group deals with Rick and Melissa's breakup; Emily separates from her husband; John separates from his wife.

  • Family Plots - House of Pain (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    House of Pain

    Rick hires a "life affirmation" expert to give a seminar for the staff.

  • Family Plots - Moving On ... (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Moving On ...

    Rick brings a new girlfriend to the mortuary; John faces a tragic arrangement; Chuck oversees a memorial service that brings back memories which haunt him.

  • Family Plots - Birthday Blues (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Birthday Blues

    Rick brings a new woman to Emily's birthday party in order to make Melissa jealous.

  • Family Plots - A VIP in the House (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    A VIP in the House

    The mortuary makes funeral arrangements for a Cold War naval legend.

  • Family Plots - Looking for Love ... Again! (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Looking for Love ... Again!

    Emily lines up another potential date for Chuck.

  • Family Plots - A Rich Life (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    A Rich Life

    Problems at home mirror the stress of Emily's job.

  • Family Plots - Behind Closed Doors (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Behind Closed Doors

    Tensions rise in the mortuary as Rick gives his fiancee an ultimatum; Rick lashes out at other staffers.

  • Family Plots - Mum's the Word (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Mum's the Word

    With the phones ringing off the hook, Chuck's ex lends a hand; Shonna faces the emotional challenge of helping two women dress their dead mother for a viewing.

  • Family Plots - Please Date Our Dad (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Please Date Our Dad

    The girls secretly sign up Chuck for an Internet dating-service; David arranges a funeral for a reclusive woman.

  • Family Plots - Girls' Night Out (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Girls' Night Out

    Last-minute emergencies interrupt a night out.

  • Family Plots - Heavy Bag-Gage (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Heavy Bag-Gage

    Chuck initiates boxing therapy for the employees; John faces the delicate situation of arranging for a child's burial.

  • Family Plots - Forget Me Not (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Forget Me Not

    Shonna helps a grief-stricken woman; David deals with a family whose mother has died after many years of dementia; Chuck loses money he needs to buy a car.

  • Family Plots - Love and Death (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Love and Death

    Rick and Melissa's roller-coaster relationship impacts the other staff; Rick helps a volunteer group to take care of the burial of an abandoned baby.

  • Family Plots - Where's Chuck? (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Where's Chuck?

    Chuck the body remover has a big heart but a talent for being late, getting lost or simply disappearing.

  • Family Plots - Smoke and Mirrors (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Smoke and Mirrors

    The staff tries to stop smoking; Shonna tries to reconstruct a woman who died in a horrific car-crash.

  • Family Plots - Blood Is Thicker Than Water (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Blood Is Thicker Than Water

    The staff of a San Diego mortuary is a hard-working family; Shonna has a half-hour to get a body into its casket and to the funeral.