I've just restarted watching "The Wire" picking it up at the start of series 3, and it is a stunning series. My friend Nick had to turn on subtitles to understand the streetspeak though I have managed the first two series without subtitles.
Along with "Breaking Bad" and "The Sopranos" this occupies the pinnacle of episodic TV, essential watching for anyone who likes entertainment that stimulates and stretches your mind.
All these programs also feature impeccable featured music and an unusual feature of "The Wire" is that each series features a different take on Tom Waits' "Way Down In The Hole" as the theme song. The list is below and they are all here.:
- Season 1: The Blind Boys of Alabama
- Season 2: Tom Waits
- Season 3: The Neville Brothers
- Season 4: DoMaJe
- Season 5: Steve Earle
So we go with The Neville Brothers take as that's the series that I am watching now.