The Salinger family was perfectly cast. Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, and Lacey Chabert were 4 amazing actors finally cast together to bring one of the best and most talented cast's of television together. The writing was brilliant, being both entertaining and realistic. The show was ready to take on the problems facing young Americans. Everything from Kirsten's depression and Sarah's adoption, to Julia's loss of innocense and questions of abortion.
Unfortunatly, the show seemed to follow in the patterns of both its predecesors and successors. With each season, they tried to go deeper, deeper, more dramatic, and more unrealistic. But, the show lives on as does it's brilliant ensemble.