ABC (ended 2006)
|3. Mac always solving the crisis at hand within one episode and the crises never extending into more than one other episode|
I'd agree with all of those flaws.
There's another flaw I've noticed. From the outset, the West Wing/Commander In Chief comparisons were almost unavoidable, but I think CinC may have actually copied several plots from TWW. The "sub stuck North Korean waters" and "DEA agents missing in Latin America" had both been done on TWW already, and I think there were a few others copied as well.
|When people complained about the moustache-twirling-villain nature of Nathan Templeton and his constant efforts to undermine Mac (and him always being foiled again), Bochco made Nathan and Mac civil and buddy-buddy in episodes 9-12.|
There were changes in the writers somewhere in the middle, I believe it was around episode nine, where the characters noticably changed personalities. (Nathan was supposed to be the hardcore, j****** Republican and once the new writers took hold of the show, they considerablly softened his character.)
IMO, it was a political move in favor of Republicans. I also believe CiC being taken off the air in the first place was a political move, as fans were quite obviously watching. (The Golden Globes, anyone?)
I used to quite like CinC, but watching repeats of it again I began to dislike it. I never actually saw the first few eps before and only just saw the pilot today, but I didn't like it much. The dialogue is simplistic and cheesy, the political factsare all wrong, with a ridiculous amount of idealism attempting to substitute for it and the show overall just lacks realism and insight into the nature of the White House. The comparison betweenCinC and The West Wing is inevitable and if you compare the two, CinC comes off looking like "The West Wing for Dummies" or something.
I'm not saying it shouldn't come back, I do think some of later eps in S1 were a bit better, but it needs a lot of tweaks if it's gonna ever return for S2.