I found this show in reruns and caught most of the first season. I can't be too kind as I find all of the characters to be caricatures. Their story arcs appear to exist only to tell a story rather than experience their life/adventures/whatnot. At times it feels like they are puppets being controlled by the script. Such as the entire show comes across as an opening recap of previous shows. Also, the storyline appears as simplistically driven from one arc to another. I can't think of one character that has any real depth to them. At least actually played out within the storyline.
Not to say there isn't any redeeming value. Like Revenge if you enjoy having your story spoon fed with zero character investment it's great. :)
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Evil is charming and beautiful. It makes you doubt yourself. It asks for one small compromise after another until it whittles you down, and it functions best when no one believes in it.-JOA
Sure it's not HBO but fairly good and I didn't care much for other CW series I find too juvenile or light. About the only other CW series I'm a fan of is "Supernatural" because it is very creative and I shows about the occult. I've been in the entertainment industry all my life with music and video game development and some television. If it isn't popular in the US it's probably because the target audience wants Horatio Alger rags-to-riches fame stories not the reality that the entertainment business is tough.