..done with style and grace. Wow, this started off as interesting but was full-blown riveting by mid-season. The characters develop with the story and it's amazing how well-acted and nicely written the first season is. Ellen (Rose Byrne) started off ok for me but became fascinating as the story thickened. As tension boils over her character seems only to grow more and more subdued in expression, if not with a touch of melancholy, yet with power underlying an understated performance. G. Close is excellent, as usual, having mastered the art of Queen b*tch, and Danson puts in a fantastic performance - wow, it's been so long since I've seen him in action. His character is simultaneously sympathetic and corrupt - a likable bad guy, though for all his corruption he still doesn't generate the contempt that Patty Hughes does (Close). He hasn't shined like this since Cheers, and it's great to see him step back into such a convincing and full-bodied role even this late in his career. Danson's charm still works to great effect here. His lawyer Ray Fiske, is multi-faceted and excellent, as are nearly all the other supporting actors in the series. What's not to like?! Didn't I catch somewhere that Soprano writers or producers were at work here? Wouldn't be surprising. This first season is of similar caliber.