One of the best drama productions in the history of the medium. Dozens of fantastic actors, all at the top of their game; writers producing episode after episode of well crafted, complex and involving stories. This is a show for anyone who loves the english language; the writers obviously do, creating complex interplay between a large cast of characters, all of whom are fully drawn and human. Humanity, with all its achievements and flaws is at the centre of this story.
It's difficult to single out any one actor for special praise in such a Company; Ian McShane creates a truly memorable study in villainy, but with such amazing wit, charm and sympathy that he almost makes you forget just how evil he is; Brad Dourif is fantastic as the town's doctor and conscience; William Sanderson is worth the cost of the box set alone, as a scheming none too bright henchman; finally, Robin Weigert plays "Calamity" Jane Canary as a foul mouthed lost soul.
The characters swear like it's going out of fashion. The real historical characters used blasphemy to shock and offend the listener, but this doesn't work today. Apparently the writers originally tried period cursing, but everyone just sounded like Yosemite Sam. The modern profanity is used to elicit the same response from a 21st century audience.
Buy this DVD now if you like intelligent, grown up television that challenges as much as it entertains. If you're put off by the swearing then I'd suggest you never leave your house and type "Terry and June" in the box on the left of the screen.