I have been anticipating this series for ages (probably since the last Winter) and boring my family to tears in the process. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it met/exceeded my expectations of what whether they could capture the magic of the books. I had to watch it twice, once with my finger on the "pause" button so I could stop and answer all my family's questions about who was who and why they did what they did etc.
And then an second time uninterrupted.
My only issue? The sex/nudity. I know that this is mostly faithful to the book. But while my 13 year old son had no problem with reading the book he found the screen transcription too graphic.