Originally Posted by Charles R
I agree with you. I see people (here) endlessly bitching about various TV shows (often the same people wanting every show to be the same thing) and this thread has 400 posts through almost five seasons. Its ratings aren't much better. It's not like it wasn't voted well into the top 100 written TV series of all time.
The writing is so strong even if nothing else was well done it would still be a winner. Luckily, the rest of the show lives up to its lofty standards.
I agree. I started watching on Amazon streaming this summer and was instantly hooked. I'm caught up now and watch primarily because the writing is so great. The production values are very high too, so that helps a lot. Also, the caliber of guest stars, many of them movie actors, is unparalleled except perhaps by cameos as voice actors on Frasier (as uncredited callers to his show) or The Simpsons.
I recently saw Julianna interviewed on Letterman and she said she was so impressed with the writing this season she sent all of them a gift basket.
I saw that interview too. Dave walked right into an embarrassing moment for him when he asked her a question about traveling on an airplane on Christmas Day. He didn't realize she is Jewish. She shot him a good natured "you're busted, Mister" look and corrected him. It was embarrassing for Dave.