The Wire is Shakespeare for the modern age. Quite simply.
It's beautifully crafted and full of more gore and horror than any Hollywood blockbuster.
I bought the box-set last year and had to wean myself down to two episodes per night.
The best part of the "The Wire" is when things start to dovetail into place in the latter part of series 3 and 4 when it all begins to make sense, and characters from the past pop up again and again.
There are one or two truly shocking moments, but I won't spoil it for the newbies.
It is worth investing time and patience in this series.