Because we are sans HBO, I borrowed season one of The Wire through Netflix earlier this year, and thought it the best single season of a dramatic series I'd encountered. Still haven't hit the subsequent years for some reason, but might actually buy year one and watch again before doing so.
Driving along Eastern Ave or Baltimore Street north of Fells Point now produces strange media-memory feelings. I've been driving around that part of Baltimore from time-to-time for 20 years, but now the public housing there has different emotional (and fictional) associations. And it's got theme music.