It would be easy to sneer at a show like Haruhi, but for a change this is an anime that has more than earned every ounce of praise heaped upon it.
Telling the story of a schoolboy known only by the nickname 'Kyon' and how he inadvertently becomes the whipping boy of hyperactive nut job schoolgirl Suzumiya Haruhi, a girl obsessed with the discovery of psychics, aliens, and time travellers at her school. In order to realise her goals, she forms the vaguely defined 'SOS brigade', a school club consisting of schoolmates Haruhi has forced to join. However, as the group members begin spending time together, Kyon begins to discover all is not as it seems, as the new members of the group, withdrawn bookworm Yuki Nagato, cute but timid Mikuru Asahina, and laid back Koizumi Itsuki are each respectively an alien android, a time traveller and a psychic who have all positioned themselves close to Haruhi due to her having an importance to the very fabric of reality itself that they each want to investigate and protect, all while preventing Haruhi from discovering anything is out of the ordinary.
Kyon is basically the original 'guy in over his head' in this scif if drama/comedy that manages to weave an exceptionally well thought out universe with an intriguing amount of mystery and some really fantastic characters together to give us one of the most entertaining anime series of recent years.
It looks incredibly colourful, has slick animation and a wonderful soundtrack combined with absolutely stellar voice acting in both Japanese and English. There is genuinely nothing I'd fault with this series.
Except perhaps... the temptation right from the off will be to watch the series in chronological order, as it is in on the main discs, but each volume of the series comes with a second disc containing the show in it's original TV broadcast order(Subtitled form only sadly), which arranged the episodes in a seemingly random order, but the way they were arranged actually heavily supported and heightened the show's love of and basis in the chaotic and the random. It's difficult to explain, but trust me, if you can, watch the broadcast order first, it helps immensely with the final episode alone(Episode six in chronological order).
A genuinely must have anime series.