though i have to say that of all of the places we've mentioned so far, NONE come close to approaching the sheer soul-searing awfulness of Midland-Odessa.
+0.5 Although, having lived in Midland and worked in Odessa, I will say that the people there are so nice that it makes up for it a bit. I actually (believe it or not) didn't hate my swim through that little slice of soul-searing awfulness. I'm not aching to go back, mind you, but I'd go there again before I'd move to certain parts of Houston (for example).
Odessa is a pretty sad place though. However, nearly every small town between Odessa and Lubbock is worse. At least Midland has a lot of oil money for public infrastructure to soften the blow of having it located in the middle of hell.
I have never seen Odessa, thank God, but the book (non fiction) Friday Night Lights was set there, and the town in the fictional series is based on it. Also, the true story behind the movie The Client List (thank you edmorel) took place there.
Several of the folks I worked with were mentioned in that book. On the one hand they hated to book (it didn't paint them in a particularly good light), on the other, they would tell you, "remember the part where...that was me." One of my secretaries (in her early '30's) was so into HS football, that if Permian lost she could be expected to call in sick on Monday and Tuesday the following week.