I just want to drool over this show for a little bit. I really like it. The characters are refreshing: consistent in their behaviors but unique enough to be interesting in most situations they're put into. It's great how the show is centered on a single town and a single family, as most have a main cast and are introducing new characters frequently, but this show has a small community of characters who have fun cameos and, well, the whole thing just feels like a neighborhood, one that's well put together.
I have just finished-- well, not technically finished, as I have still a few episodes near the beginning-- season four, and it really is fantastically better than the others, or at least far better than seasons one and two. Mr. Fischoeder has always been one of my favorite characters, and the further development into his character and familial relationships has pushed him securely into my #1 Character slot.
There are enough details in the individual episodes to make rewatching them rewarding. The Wharfening is especially special in this respect: I was able to watch both parts twice (about almost exactly twenty-four hours apart) without any distractions. That's difficult for me. Very difficult.
But the commercials that play during this show are terrible. Maybe I'm just not used to TV advertising, since I had been watching ad-free TV on Netflix for a year or so before going to a different house for a little while and watching their cable TV. I still hate these commercials, though.