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If 3 box sets were jsut chucked on my table
After a few months longetivity dictates
Deadwood is what Shakespeare would have written if he had a pair of bollocks.
The Wire is good, but it's tarnished by a poor fifth season, paper-thin characters and often ridiculously unrealistic dialogue. Fuck what the critics say, I refuse to believe that a badass armed robber like Omar would ever say half the shit he does in that program.
Deadwood's dialogue, by comparison, is exquisite. Anachronistic as all hell, but sheer poetry.
The Sopranos is simply art. Real, genuine art. End of story.
If you hear something odd or out of place, your suspension of disbelief is hard to maintain.
Like in Corrie, when Toyah called her rapist a "blighter."
But I'm going to have to vehemently oppose you on this. That's a clear case of style of substance, and never works in a program as dense as The Wire.
trumps all. Deserves all the acclaim it's got. So good!
I'm not sure where The Shield would fit in, I think i like it as much as either one
Deadwood isn't even close
Deadwood does have EB Farnum in it which gives it a massive edge.
Although it's rather like comparing apples and oranges. I'd say The Wire for scale of story, Deadwood for sheer wtf nastiness and The Sopranos for depth of character.
The Wire comfortably > both, although they are both brilliant too.
How can anyone say the dialogue in The Wire isn't great? "You takin' notes? At a criminal fuckin' conspiracy?"
This is funny: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDIi0dzmvpE