Originally Posted by TonyR
I vacillate between The Wire and The Sopranos, so I'd only argue with the "not close" part.
Sopranos was great too. Although, the year of the Big Gay Vito episodes sort of knock it down slightly below The Wire in my book. That story arc took way too long. I thought the series finished really strongly though. Tony in hotel purgatory after getting shot where Steve Buscemi's apparition is trying to talk him into the family reunion/hell was truly brilliant television. The ending was brilliant too, although a lot of casual fans of the show didn't get it.