wackjickham wrote:I watched all 5 seasons during my free time last summer. It really is the perfect show, but I think it never really took off because you can't get in to it by just seeing one episode. Its entertaining, original, and has great character development. In addition, it provides social commentary and is really honest. Its probably the most realistic drama I've ever seen (but let's be honest, what do I really know about inner city baltimore?).
Watch season one and you'll be hooked.
The Wire is definitely a show that gained momentum over time and is probably more popular now than when it was airing. I started hearing alot of good things about it as season 4 was airing so I went back and watched 1-3 to get caught up. I agree with the fact that having to watch a few episodes to start to "get it" is probably part of the reason it didn't have more traction from the beginning. My season rankings are probably 4,3,1,2,5; but they are all great.
For those contemplating jumping in, I unequivocally recomend it. Just be patient for the first couple episodes as things develop. It is well worth it.