Creator: Joss Whedon
This ranking may be too high, as I’ve seen most of the episodes only once and that was five years ago. But I don’t remember a single moment while watching the fourteen episodes where I was bored or annoyed. Most of the time I was engrossed and sometimes on the edge of my seat. I love the space opera meets western niche and I feel Whedon hit all the right notes. Speaking of right notes, damn the soundtrack is good.
The casting is pretty damn good and unlike a lot of first seasons of shows, these characters hit it off with each other immediately. Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin are fantastic and the rest hold their own.
Out of Gas was one of my favorite episodes, with great cinematography and fraught with tension. The Reavers are a sufficiently creepy enemy they have to deal with on the outskirts of civilized space while running away from the primary government. Even then, there is usually a good bit of humor in each episode. There’s some camp like in Whedon’s other series Buffy and Angel, but he has better actors to pull it off here.
I really would have loved to see his direction with the show had it not been cancelled. The movie Serenity was pretty good but you can tell he had to do a rush job on resolving the loose ends from the show.