The writing is both witty and extremely quirky. The cinematography is even more quirky, but only when it's actually trying to make a point, and knows to get out of the way for the ordinary scenes. The acting is a bit over-the-top, but it somehow suits -- the characters are all a little wild, which fits the strange scenario well. Mandy Patinkin is the big name in the cast, and does a fine job as the annoyingly gruff head Reaper, showing Georgia the ropes.
The story has some serious things to say, but the style is anything but serious -- it's generally very light-hearted in tone. I find myself looking forward to the second episode, which is more than I can say for most series. And yes, we're taping it, and can presumably be bribed to loan out the tapes as we complete them. (But this may be a recommended DVD buy if they can sustain the quality...)