I used to think The Sopranos was the best thing ever put on TV but after reading/hearing all the hype over HBO's The Wire, I decided to check it out.
I have just finished watching the first season and now agree with the multitude of critics out there... this really is better than The Sopranos. While The Sopranos would be consistently good throughout a season, there were the occasional boring episodes (let's face it - if I'm tuning into HBO, I want either gratuitous sex, excessive violence, or a hearty combination of both). So far with The Wire, I have yet to watch an episode that I would consider boring.
Additionally, I really like the shorter seasons that HBO's uses for their dramas. In my opinion, that really helps to keep it fresh and interesting and makes me that much more interested when a new season starts up.