Originally Posted by Raymone
Except it's not, particularly when it comes to writing and acting. Maybe it's because The Wire didn't have the charisma of actors like Gandolfini and Imperioli, or the production, directing and writing quality of guys like David Chase, Terence Winter and Tim Van Patten, or the 5 Golden Globe wins. It did have two primetime emmy nominations though. A nice consolation for being unfortunate enough to air alongside an unfairly great, ground-breaking, mammoth of a series like The Sopranos.
Substance over style, friend.
The Wire is the most important, remarkable achievement in film history, as far as I'm concerned, be it movies, television... whatever. And, I absolutely love The Sopranos. It's really like comparing apples to oranges, because Sopranos was character-driven, whereas The Wire was plot-driven...
But, I believe The Wire should be required viewing for anyone who ever thought the War on Drugs was a good idea. It takes it apart, dissects it and destroys it on all fronts.
The Sopranos was a beautiful piece of art. It welcomed viewers in with easily accessible characters and anti-heros.
The Wire asks more of the viewer and it takes a larger investment to fall in love with it... But, the payoff is mind-blowing and leaves a lasting impression. It's no coincidence that The Wire is probably more popular now than it ever was when it was actually on television.
And, it will continue to gain popularity, because it is that great.