I admit I jumped into this series with Season 9, because that's where Clive Wood's role began (as firefighter Jack Morgan) and he was the main draw. He absolutely did not disappoint (does he ever?) but I was delighted to find out how much I was enjoying the entire show, with its great mix of firefighting, rescues, and scenes of firefighters on and off duty. I should note that I'm an American, though I've lived in the UK, and so there was an added interest in simply seeing the lives of ordinary working Londoners, living their lives with all the financial and social limitations that real people have, and without the exaggeration and melodrama that would have been added if a similar series had been filmed in America. The "shouts" were suspenseful, sometimes humorous and occasionally wrenching. The lives of the firefighters seemed like real lives lived and being observed, almost randomly, with the sense that these lives went on when the camera wasn't watching. I loved the addition of Sub Officer Webb in mid-season and share the frustration of many others that she and Jack never quite came together, as they have wonderful chemistry. There are characters I'd like to smack or at least see taken down a peg (and sometimes they are) and others I'd like to see given real happiness, but there were hardly any I found boring. The cliffhanging is a real wrench, so of course I had to order Season 10 - of which more on that thread. This series was yet another real incentive to own a region-free DVD player, so if any other Americans are reading - go for it!