This is an excellent companion to what must be the best TV series ever. There's a lot of insights and things that you might not have known - such as which of the cast were really in the "game", how the show got picked up by HBO and many other snippets. I liked the episode by episode summary, which has encouraged me to watch it all over again. The only part that wasn't quite so fantastic was an interview conducted (oddly) by the tiresome Nick Hornby, which doesn't seem to offer anything. It irritated me because at one point he's asking about why Baltimore's such a great backdrop and starts musing about why he used it in Hi-Fidelity, which of course was set in London when he wrote it. Simon comes out with some nonsense too in that interview, stating he used English actors because it was important to have faces that the viewer didn't recognize as it might distract them. Odd, when elsewhere he goes on about using actors that he knew (about half of them come from Tom Fontana's Oz) and (correctly) states that the reason for it's success is that it tells it's story without attempting to pander to an audience. Anyway, it's a small gripe and Simon's a genius so I'll let him off.