1. Which SE Michigan city are you in?
2. "Good" is in the eyes of the beholder... I adore almost anything that Miyazaki has touched (Panda Go Panda is a bit too juvenile for my tastes, but hey...
). I despised "Evangelion," loved "Cowboy Bebop" when I saw it way back in 2000 -- before Cartoon network got their hands on it --(Yoko Kanno is a musical goddess
), was indifferent to "Serial Experiments: Lain," and am currently watching "Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai" (liking it
), "King of Bandits Jing" (liking it
), and "Juuni Kokuki" (Really liking it
). It's all dependent on the viewer and his/her expectations/attitude/mood/etc...
3. with that said, perhaps "Dexter's Lab" and such got put in there because the author felt they were anime-like