It was first a movie and now it's a TV series. It's the fourth season and I haven't missed an episode yet. It's one of the best shows on TV since 'NYPD Blue' went off the air. It's too bad that the fourth season is only shown on Direct TV's channel 101. I've heard they're going to run the fourth season again on NBC, it's home during the first three seasons.
The show never has gained a sizable audience but is a critical success, featured on a number of critics' top ten lists following its first season as well as being identified twice by the American Film Institute as culturally significant. Lauded by critics for its realistic portrayal of Middle America and deep personal exploration of its central characters, the show has been awarded a Peabody Award, an Emmy Award, and a Television Critics Association Award.