Confession time: I'm a sci-fi geek.
I KNOW! Who saw that one coming? No-one, right? With my big hair and actor/dancer-ness? But yeah, I'm totally a sci-fi geek. I once dressed up as Counsellor Troi from Star Trek:TNG for Halloween. I went to conventions. My attic is a gold mine for Trekker nerds. But what with the kids, and the husband, and the trying to launch multiple careers at the same time, I kind of lost my way.
Until I discovered Firefly!
First, the concept: It's the Wild West. In Space. The blend of horses, six-shooters, illegal shipments of cattle, and spaceships is pretty frawesome. If that's not high-concept, I don't know what is.
Second: It was created by Joss Whedon. You know who he is - he wrote this show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer that might have gone on to attract millions of fans and spawn a spinoff, dolls, books, comics... He also wrote Toy Story. Mm-Hmm. So you know going in that this is going to be high quality scriptwriting.
Third: it stars Nathan Fillion, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. His characters are so rich, you almost think he's just being himself, except that they're all different from each other, so he must just be good.
If you like westerns, you'll like Firefly. If you like Sci-fi, you'll like Firefly. If you like both, you'll definitely like Firefly.
It was cancelled after 14 episodes for reasons that are unknown to me - and frankly, I just can't understand what could have made them drop this show. So, go to the video store. Buy the series. Watch it. You'll love it.