I really liked this show. The episodes moved very quickly, and I found myself caring about the relationships between the characters. Case in point, the never consummated relationship between characters Casey McCall (Peter Krause) and Dana Whitaker (Felicity Huffman).
When it looked like "Sports Night", the fictional program, was lagging in the ratings, they brought in a "fix-it man" played by William H. Macy. Now, like many of the "Sports Night" characters, I was none too thrilled with this guy, until he zinged the network brass with the story of "Cliff Gardner".
Once they got rid of the laugh track, it allowed us to focus on the story. But, was it a laugh track, or was it an actual audience?
What was most interesting to me about this program was how the storyline of what turned out to be the final episode made it all the more ironic.