From my Best TV Shows We've Never Seen marathon - part 3 of 5.
The Wire: Season One, 2002. A backward police department tries to catch a drug kingpin.
Created by David Simon. Directed by Clark Johnson (3 episodes), Clement Virgo (2), Peter Medak (1), Ed Bianchi (1), Joe Chappelle (1), Gloria Muzio (1), Milčo Mančevski (1), Brad Anderson (1), Steve Shill (1) & Tim Van Patten (1). Written by David Simon (8 episodes), Ed Burns (2), Rafael Alvarez (1), David H. Melnick (1), Shamit Choksey (1), Joy Lusco (1) & George Pelecanos (1); story by Simon & Burns. Starring Dominic West.
Concept: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 4/4 (Great). There are about a dozen main characters, and every one of them has a distinct voice and a well-developed arc. I don't sympathize with any of them (and don't even particularly enjoy watching most of them), but they are interesting and seem completely real.
Dialog: 3/4 (Good)
Pacing: 3/4 (Good)
Cinematography: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4). Solidly written and engaging. Normally I couldn't care less about drug dealers or corrupt cops, but this show's got me curious to see what happens next.
Objective Rating (Average): 3.0/4 (Good)