This is the best TV show since The Wire. Some of the reviewers think it is exaggerated, that real politicians aren't that as ruthless as Tom Cain. I live in Texas, and LBJ was just as nasty as Cain, except LBJ didn't betray his own family as far as I know. To get elected to any significant office you have to be a Machiavellian, and the higher the office, the more vicious and without scruples you have to be. In a city like Chicago where there are lots of interest groups fighting for power and money, the more brutal the struggle. All that said, here are my comments on the show. Kelsey Grammar is in a league with Pacino, Nicholson, Duvall and Hoffman. He's like Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone - you know he's evil but you root for him anyway. The supporting cast is strong. I particularly like the Ezra Stone character, Cain's consigliere. The actress who plays Cain's wife Meredith can be as cold and hard as Lady MacBeth, then vulnerable and afraid. The sets are beautiful. The show is like Shakespeare for modern times.