Dynamic plots, a captivating arc, quirky characters, beautiful settings and you get to learn a lot of neat stuff too! We don't get USA Network in our area but I was lucky enough to catch a couple of episodes while flying on Air Canada and it was enough to get me hooked. I quickly bought the first two seasons. This series is about disenfranchised spy Michael Westen trying to figure out who "burned" him while working free-lance as a sort of latter day Edward Woodward (The Equalizer) to supplement his income. He is assisted by ex-girlfriend Fiona, a former IRA terrorist (palyed by Gabrielle Anwar -- best remembered as the girl who danced with Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman) and she looks terrifc! as well as retired Army Ranger Sam Axe, a lovable rogue who now supports himself as a gigolo, played by cult hero Bruce Campbell. The dysfunctional family, including the chain-smoking Sharon Gless as the mom, adds colour. This series is bursting with strong characters, a mesmerizing arc that keeps you guessing, beautiful setting, humour and a lot of useful information about how to conduct covert ops and blow up things. I watch it with my family, including my 14 year old daughter and 10 year old son.