McLeod's Daughters is/was a great series. I loved the first season and Claire was my favorite character. Finally a woman who wasn't all girly and boring. The series gave me the impression that she and Tess were the main characters, but then they kill off the BEST person in the whole series!
The series died a little for me then, but I still loved it. Unfortunately, every main character sort of left the series and new ones were introduced instead. I think that's why it went downhill, first Claire, then Becky, Tess, Nick etc. One by one all the good ones left.
I just wish Claire hadn't died at all. For this reason I give this show a 9.8/10.