I agree movies or OVAs are generally superior in quality and generally what I turn to when introducing people to the medium. I find with Anime you have to treat it like it's own version of TV instead of a genre in terms of expectations. For every Twin Peaks there are 600 tawdry shows like House Hunters, Cavemen, Ghost Whisperers, Jerry Springers, and infomercials. I started enjoying it a lot more when I just watched one show a year that was pretty universally acclaimed or hyped up by friends with good taste. Some of my favorite movies are the works of Satoshi Kon.I find movies are more watchable sometimes, Anime is an inherently aesthethic medium so burning 200k on animation in 1.5 hours is the ideal.
Ghost in the Shell, Jinro the Wolf Brigade and Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind are all terrific stuff.
Someday Legend of the Galactic Heroes becomes feasible, but not this day.