And once again "The Wire" gets no.1 of the decade (it's strange to think that 2009 instead of 2010 should be considered the "end of the decade").
And Time Magazine had "The Sopranos" as equal 7 to "Survivor".
However an Australian popular culture writer did put the Sopranos just ahead of the Wire on the grounds that at least the former could be funny.
I took adavantage of buying the DVD box sets when they were just under $20 each. I thought this would be the opportunity to finally watch this series which so many people were raving about.
And after 5 episodes I still can't fathom why these informed adjudicators choose to put the Wire above the Sopranos (let alone placing the Sopranos somewhere down the middle of the Top 10 pack).
Don't get me wrong. It is well acted and scripted. And it probably deserves the accolades. But...
It is not compelling television. And any program that makes one hour feel like a day can't be entertaining. Some say that watching the show and following and absorbing the storylines has its rewards. I actually find it punishing instead.
I hate to sound nasty but I wonder whether these fans and critics are trying to be a little bit too clever (pretentious perhaps?). The problem I have with what I have seen is that the "realism" is overdone and overwrought to the point where it is clearly a contrivance, the opposite to what the producers of the show intended.
No one seriously suggested that the Sopranos was "realistic" although it did feel "real". But there was a depth to the storylines and even in the incidental sub-plots, and to the characters and character interaction, that made it (to my subjective mind) not only the best series of the decade but ever!
Admitedly I have only seen 5 episodes of season 1 of the Wire. Perhaps it does get better. Maybe if I had watched it during its original run I might have thought differently. However I don't look forward to watching another episode and sometimes I watch half and episode and leave it for a week or two.
But from what I have seen so far I would rank the Wire as the most over-rated and (ironically) superficial show of the "noughties". But I hope when I get through a few more episodes I will prove myself wrong.