At first I didn't care for this show. I found the characters to be too shallow. Plus I'm just a bit burned out on all these kinds of shows and didn't have it in me to add another to the list of those I watch.
I gave it a chance, and tuned in for bits and pieces as the season went on and actually really started to like the characters - and the show. What I find most appealing is the comaraderie of the cast. They have a genuine and deep friendship that will last a life time. I also like how open and honest the characters are about real and important issues such as:
- Raza's grandmother disowning him because of his non-Jewish mother and his father's abandonment as a result and subsequent turn-around
- MJ's degrading mother
- MJ's weight issues
- Anger issues (can't recall th girl's name)
- Religious issues
I find the dialogue about sexism both fascinating and healthy. The women don't want to be submissive in their relationships, but many men in the Persion culture want them to be. Persians are not alone. I think this is a good show for tv. It will spark dialogue on important issues in a light way.
The characters aren't nearly as shallow as I initially thought. In fact, given the genuine strength of their bond, I'd say they are less shallow than many. I've done a 180. I'm still burned out and can only do bits and pieces of most them anymore, but I would like the show to come back for a 2nd season.