This has that Altman mix; often brilliant, and occasionally over the-top,
and self conscious. The acting is generally good, but a little uneven.
Some characters are very real, others come off as pure caricature. The
series felt longer than it needed to be to make its points. The middle
episodes were a bit boring.
But then there's the episode where Tanner goes into the hood and meets
w/real mothers of murdered kids, in a lengthy improvised scene of pain and
anger which is simply devastating, and the whole series felt redeemed.
Overall, while watching it, I liked it, not loved it. But looking back,
it left me with a much more powerful and lasting impression. And on
2nd viewing the sad power of the piece seemed much more important
than the occasional flaws.