This series started out strong and really could have become one of the better shows on tv except for one thing: aside from Lacey Chabert and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the characters all became whining little brats with oldest brother Charley among the worst of the bunch. Lacey could run circles around the rest of the group when it came to acting. Matthew Fox and Naeve Campbell couldn't act their way out of a wet paper bag if they had to. Lacey, on the other hand, consistently brought tears to my eyes, especially in the scene she shared with Fox in which he's yelling at her for something she'd said to his ex-girlfriend. She turns around, scared that her brother will hate her for the rest of her life, and you just have to melt. The girl was incredibly talented, and unfortunately her talents were wasted in that cast. She should have gotten a show of her own instead.
The best story of the whole series was Bailey's alcoholism. Here again, Lacey showed talent beyond her years, and this was possibly Ms. Hewitt's finest times on the show as well. They were missed when the show went off the air. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the rest of the cast.