Here's the wrap-up of a LA Times review of two television shows -- I'm re-posting here since it seems to be a good goal for all writers.
"Both shows are smart without being snarky, realistic about the limitations of the human soul without being jaded, carefully plotted without being overly clever. Sex is present but not exploited, marriage is respected but not revered and love, though in the end binding, is never reduced to syrup."
Extra points if you can guess what shows she is talking about... (I just started watching one, have not seen the other.)
Thanks to Chris for pointing me toward the review.
Just my thoughts,