so far, season 3 has been really good. aside from the contender (and mainly the pathetically dull part 2), the episodes have been pretty realistic, exciting, and much more fast paced.
no wonder the ratings hit their highest level this season.
sofar . . .
season 1: up and down
season 2: kind ofweak until the last 1/3 of the episodes, most of those are quite good.
season 3: great up to this point
season 4: haven't seen 'em
season5: up and down
season 6: mostly dreadful--especially the first half of the season
season 7: quite good, some truly great episodes--a good way toend.