I thought the season premiere 2 weeks ago was horrible and probably one of the worst episodes ever. Last week's episode was much better. I've been watching since season 2 (watched season 1 on dvd). Ari makes the show. No one plays an asshole and a jerk off like Piven. Johnny Drama is probably a distant second in terms of characters. Turtle and Lloyd are pretty funny. However, Eric and Vince are replaceable.