The show features beautiful wonderful gay characters; some of the best ever depicted on television. The show, in fact, should be more celebrated for its depiction of homosexual characters as their sexuality was a part of them and nothing about the gay characters felt disrespectful or unrealistic. It’s also one of the longest running series to feature an ensemble cast of mostly minorities. Many of the actors were unknowns, or character actors, some are actual former politicians, police officers and drug dealers. It is supremely, superbly acted, the casting is on the level of Mad Men, Sopranos & Deadwood in that it found actors who could live inside the roles, who encompassed them fully & became the character. I would go so far as to call it a perfect television series, free from any writing or development flaws. It tells metaphorical stories without feeling contrived or preaching. It challenges us as viewers and doesn’t give us an expected conclusion to any story, but every story develops and ends satisfactorily because the viewer feels propelled and excited by the story. SB & I had wonderful inspired discussions after many episodes, and that’s my favourite result of a truly great series.
The fourth season, especially, is an absolute triumph in television. I’ll preface this final opinion by reminding everyone that I am a die-hard Sopranos fan and believe it is the best television series ever made and say that the fourth season of The Wire meets and, I would be open to the argument, even supersedes The Sopranos at its best. I don’t like to pit great against great though, so I’ll say that the series is an absolute wonder - that I rate it alongside The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Deadwood as a glorious work of televised fiction. If you haven’t watched it yet: do.