The Wire’s pacing would not fly in this era, which is not a condemnation of the show, just a fact. It IS hard to get into. Each season, it’s hard to get a feel for what it’s going to do, and at least for me, each season I had a knee-jerk reaction to it’s upending of its own status quo, with which I had grown so comfortable. And yet, by the end of each season, I was terribly sad to see those arcs end, those units close up, those corners shut down, and those characters leave. It has an uncanny sense of place that most shows never even attempt to capture.
I watched it a year after it ended, and loved it deeply then. I watched it again with my partner two years ago, my politics more radical and more finely-developed, and only felt more passionately for it. Best of all? I came around on season 2, seeing it now as one of the series’ best seasons. A true sign of maturation (on my part) and timelessness (on the show’s), IMO