I like the show and watch it, but I find it has that Disney-fied, smoothed-over version of reality in which things work out all right, usually by show's end; still, it's brave enough to show people in difficult circumstances. As TV shows that really treat thorny issues (My So-called Life
immediately comes to mind) tend to not make it past one season, one must accept a certain loss of artistic integrity if one wants his or her favorite TV show to survive. With television, it's all about having something with people you want to invite into your house. Of course, if a show does survive you run the risk of it torturously holding on after the shark gets jumped (The Wonder Years
I too discovered Lauren Graham in this, and I would surely invite her into my house
I'm not sure if I would stick around for the show if it were not for her.