Top Tier seasons:
-S2: Lacked in the talent department at times (among the show's weakest final collections), but the cast was so entertaining and likeable that it simply has to be among the best.
-S4: I would probably rank this one first, with the absolute strongest F3, many likeable contestants (Chris, Christian, Sweet P, Rami) and "villains" that weren't really so bad (Victorya). Almost every challenge produced a showstopper, and the only person staying past their expiration date was Rickey.
-S5: I felt the beginning was marked by an unusual amount of mediocre designers, but Korto vs Leanne was perhaps the most evenly matched F2 to date. The challenges were fun and interesting, I liked the entire F4, and, besides Suede and Blayne, I mostly liked everybody.
-S7: My first time watching, I was disappointed to watch some of my favorites (Jonathan, Ben, Amy) all get eliminated in succession, and then have Maya quit (who was pretentious, but had some very underrated designs). However, although it wasn't my ideal F3, they each produced a solid collection and were very consistent throughout the show. Seth Aaron is among the show's best winners, and many of his designs blew me away.
Middle Tier seasons:
-S1: I know a lot of people revere this season as the best, but I think it was still working out some of the kinks, and pretty much everybody besides Austin/Kara/Jay were weak. Wendy making F3 was a travesty. However, it was still a solid season.
-S3: The designs were solid, but I found the drama a bit overbearing, and the twist to bring back 2 of the most annoying contestants to date (Vincent/Angela) was cringeworthy. I was also pissed when Robert was sent home after his first weak design and they got to stay. The winner was unlikeable and cast a dark shadow on the whole season for me.
-Allstars: It was a solid season, likely because they only brought back designers who were both likeable/interesting and talented, but the challenges could have used some tweaking, and, aside from the absolutely perfect Georgina Chapman, the panel changes were for the worse, IMO. A very expected, if satisfying, result, but there was no excitement week-to-week for me.
-S6: It was as drab and dull as the contestant's color pallets. Irina was a bitch. Althea seemed slow. Carol Hannah was lovely, but peaked too late, and shone only in comparison to weak designers. Epperson and Shirin's eliminations were absolute bullshit, and Christopher, Logan and Nicolas stayed way past their expiry dates. Heidi's attitude toward Gordana was one of the few moments I really despised her.
-S8: Never before have I seen a season of ANY reality show be marked by such hatred, pettiness and cliquiness. It was truly uncomfortable to watch, and I pretty much disliked everybody except Mondo (although I was able to look past personality to appreciate a handful of April's later designs). The winner was awful. The only highpoints to the season were Mondo's designs and backstory, as well as Jessica Simpson as a guest judge. Casanova grew on me.
-S9: Unpopular opinion, but I actually really liked the winner, but I think the season was among the weakest casts to date, and the constant group challenges got very, very frustrating. By the F8, almost everybody was annoying in some way (Bert, Laura, Josh, Viktor, Olivier) and there were so few showstoppers that I just couldn't be bothered to be upset about Anya's victories. Because, really, everyone sucked.
Edited by Oholibamah, May 26, 2012 @ 11:34 PM.