The Wire did for 5 seasons what Game of Thrones could only do for 4 seasons, and that's juggle all those interlaced storylines and have them make sense, finishing in a subversively realistic and satisfying way. Sopranos was my hands down favorite for so many years, and is still a sentimental favorite in many ways, but that might be more about familiarity than true quality. It took me more than a decade to realize all the genius involved. There are college classes that study this show.
On a different note, those back two Black Mirror episodes, entertaining as they are, belong on Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, NOT Black Mirror. Good quality, as always from BM. Just WTF lol.
I admit I have not seen "Sopranos" yet but have heard nothing but good about it. It's on a list I have that keeps getting bumped for things like "The Handmaid's Tale". I enjoyed the book so had to watch the series. Also, "Gray's Anatomy" - I've been watching that for 19 years. I'm to the point that now I NEED to see if and how it will ever end.
My grandson side-tracked me on "The Mandalorian", then had to watch EVERY STAR WARS episode from the beginning before the next season hits. I must admit, I really enjoyed catching up with him. In the 70's I was in a theater line to see the original "Star Wars", so it was so much fun revisiting with him. It was like a clash of past and present all at once.
I rarely get tele time but had heard so much about Mad Men I had to give it a go. I enjoyed it because it was the era I grew up in. Talk about realism - from gourmet board meetings in the 60's to a plain tray of deli sandwiches in the 70's. The clothes, the furniture, the hair, I mean EVERYTHING was uber-realistic. It even showed things we cringe about now, re kids playing in the plastic bags that old dry cleaners used. It ended perfectly - maybe because it was also one of my favorite commercials in the 70's. But whoever wrote that ending deserves an Oscar.
To me an ending is everything. And, yes, The Wire nailed it. I will have to bump the Sopranos up a notch before school starts!