Honestly, I enjoyed the later episodes of this show. They came out with such good plots and stories that seem to touch your heart. The episode of the wishing tree just brings me to tears each time--Inspiring! Same with the episode with the ugly man who finds himself in the rain looking for a dry place to rest... Eustace treats him awfully because of his appearance, but Courage grows quite fond of him and they become good friends, they learn that even the best-looking of people can be ugly on the inside. In the show, Courage definitely shows problem-solving in most episodes, albeit the solutions may be somewhat simple, it leaves you waiting to find out what's going to happen next. The older episodes are considered weird, but most artists have creative expressions that are out of the ordinary (Tim Burton) and art is about expression and taking risks. Not everybody may like it, but I'm sure it's the feeling the writers were aiming for. I wouldn't reccommend it to young audiences, but few episodes could be safe to the little ones--Please absolutely stay away from the haunted mattress, quilting club or the fungal toe episodes -- the images could frighten children under 14.