This show has a really impressive cast list, is based on a Pulitzer prize-winning novel, and... It's rubbish. Honestly, there is a reason why they've never screened this on British TV and the reason is it's terrible. Even the acting, by respectable actors like Philip Seymour Hoffmann, Ed Harris and Helen Hunt, is often completely haywire due to poor direction. The script isn't great either... Joanne Woodward is awful. Paul Newman's not bad, but his part isn't very interesting. The thing does get better about halfway through, the episodes get a bit more interesting, but to be honest I wouldn't waste money on this. Basically, a bright guy played by Ed Harris runs a diner in a small town which is basically controlled by an old established family, represented by Joanne Woodward. His ex wife has met a new man, his brother works for him, his Dad is a pain in the butt, his daughter is a bit teenage. That's about it really. I'm afraid it's one of those small town in America stories (like "Winesberg Ohio"), which might be heartwarming but isn't ultimately a very satisfying experience... I used to live in a town like this, and it is quite authentic, but otherwise this has nothing to recommend it - it's limp drama of a very watery kind.