If you've never seen it, it's brilliant. I'm only in the second season (so no spoilers, please) but what I've seen so far is poignant and funny and full of excellent dialogue. I find myself wanting to write down quotes from every episode.
My favorite characters are the women, although all of the actors are stellar. I particularly enjoy Brenda's totally jacked-up mother. And Claire and Ruth, of course.
In an episode I watched last night, Ruth tells Claire (I'm paraphrasing): You seem to be under the mistaken impression that life owes you something. You are in for a rude surprise, my dear.
God, it's so true. I think my own parents probably told me this a time or two. If they did, they were right.
Interestingly, we do not get everything we want just because we want it. It turns out almost every single thing we want to achieve/receive/accomplish requires really hard work. And sometimes, even when you work really hard at something, you don't get what you want. Like the song says. Except you get to choose whether or not to be philosophical about it and decide whether, if you're not getting what you want, you're still getting what you need.
Enough of that, though.
I was thinking yesterday -- summer is almost over, and where did it go? What did I do? Did I waste it? And then today I decided to do an iphone dump and pull more than 500 photos off my phone, and I realized summer was actually kind of sweet.