I have just watched the first half of this series, the ones that were actually broadcast on US TV, and I actually would say that the overall consistency in quality is far better than in either series of Masters of Horror, Mick Garris's previous anthology series. There is less gore, true, but that does not make a good show all on its own. I guess the producers had to give in to certain restraints set by NBC, who are obviously much more strict on what they will allow for broadcasting than HBO or Showtime. But, these are clever & well-written stories, with some great twists, very good acting, and some very original concepts. In MoH, both series had highlights, whereas I thought the remaining episodes were average at best, with some actually very poor ones. With Fear Itself, everyone has put in a good episode, and it is hard to pull out a singular favourite. It is a shame that the show was cancelled, and has never seen light of day on these shores. Still, you can import this R1 dvd, or download them (not hard to find...) and I would highly recommend watching them.