I must admit this show was a kind of addiction for me, stronger at some times than others, but present at some level in my life for over a year. Now that it’s over, there is both relief and withdrawal. I’ll miss hanging out with the engagingly dysfunctional Fishers now and then.
The first season of this show is close to perfection. After that the quality is less consistent, but the characters consistently evolve and grow in interesting but believable ways throughout the series. At times it yanks your chain, as nearly all dramas do, but never unforgivably. The overall message I take away is that life is better if we can learn to face ourselves without denial, but better does not mean easier. I think that’s a worthwhile message, and it is conveyed artfully and forcefully in this series.