Originally Posted by razorwire77
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.
Read somewhere that HBO demanded extra episodes to stretch out the final season so David Chase used a story line that he abandoned years before. Though the Johnny Cakes episodes did throw me at first, I think they could have been fleshed out more if not rushed to production. But Sopranos still the best show in the past 20 years.