I don’t know why I didn’t catch Firefly on television. While I don’t watch much TV, this was right up my alley. Firefly is a science fiction series in the tradition of Westerns. So, either you’ll love it or hate it. I liked it and I am surprised it didn’t run longer.
As a TV series, the episodes vary in quality. Some were pretty good while others felt like fillers. However, Amber was hooked on Firefly and couldn’t wait for the next DVD to arrive from Netflix (we have a single DVD plan).
The movie Serenity furthers the story and solves the mystery of the girl River. But it has a very different outlook and does not look or sound Western at all.
Overall, I think watching Firefly helped a lot in building the characters and the curiousity for Serenity. So I would recommend watching both Firefly and Serenity. I would rate both 8/10.