When I first heard of the series, I had someone tape the premiere for me since I don't have cable. I was interested in the Birds of Prey story, because I have a mild interest in comics, and read up on the comic-book version of the Birds of Prey.
I really liked the premiere episode, and eventually managed to see the whole series on YouTube (you didn't read that last sentence).
Like most series, there are really good episodes, middling episodes, and really dumb episodes.
There are stand-out performances by Dina Meyer as Barbara Gordon, the ex-Batgirl forced to remake her image in the aftermath of a crippling shooting, as well as Mia Sara as the psychopath/psychiatrist Harleen Quinzell/Harley Quinn. There's this dangerous relationship Harley has as Helena (Huntress) Kyle's court-appointed shrink: Criminal Mastermind vs. Superhero, so throughout the series there is a tension about whether they will discover each others' alter ego. And if so, what are the consequences??! I won't spoil it, but you can imagine they might be pretty devastating.
If you're in it for eye-candy, there's plenty to look at in this series. (Shemar Moore as Det. Jesse Reese...mmmm) Jesse is a sort of updated version of Commissioner Gordon, as he slowly learns about Huntress, and whether or not he can trust her in his quest for conquering the bad guys of New Gotham, and for answers to all the 'freakishly weird' stuff that happens after dark.
If you're a comic book purist, then Birds might not be the series you'll want to spend your money on, since it does take several liberties with comic book canon.
Is it worth buying? Well, I enjoyed what I saw of it, and I shelled out the bucks. Plus, the cute Flash-animation series 'Gotham Girls' is thrown in as an extra. Might not be incentive for most, but the Birds of Prey series certainly works as an entertaining distraction.
Down with spoilers!
If you liked batman returns, batman beyond or smallville you'll probably like this show.
As a Batman fan the show kind of took it in a direction I didn't like going; namely one where the Dark Knight had evidently given up his quest. Not to mention I'm not into stories about batman in the future.
However it's pretty enjoyable and if you can lighten up as a fan and laugh along with movies like batman and robin like I can then I'd recommend it.
I bought it because I like it on it's own terms, sort of like a "what if..." story like Marvel does (and yes I read Spider-Girl) plus the trailer for this show is literally what propelled me into becoming a Batman fan in the first place and I'd almost forgotten til I saw it finally came to DVD.
I AM however PISSED that they replaced Aimee Allen's kickass "revolution" with some other song.
When I herd it was cannceld I was peeved I loved the show and the story line. I think if it was to have a 2nd season we would have probley seen Batman Come in and help his daughter. I'm not up set that they canged the songs but i am mad they put in all the things she said by TATU. That song was not worth putting in the show cause at the time it was popular MTV only aired it at night and hardly any radio station aired it and it caught flack with everybody about the TATU girls. After a while the ratings got low and they decied to cann it. I am mad that They should have just cannceld some thing else on WB and give this show a chance. I am going to find the DVDs and get them I don't care how much WB changed them I still want them. I love the theme song I was just thinking about it the other day i can't find the album its on which is a bummer.