It's funny, I was having a sense of deja vu watching some of Season 5. I think I may heard buzz about "The Wire" back in the 2005 time frame, and may have seen some of the episodes back then. Of course, I didn't know the people, so I didn't retain the story, but at least I was dabbling in it.
I liked the series a lot. A real sense of place - Baltimore. "Breaking Bad" lifted some stuff straight from "The Wire," such as testimony at the addiction group meetings with Bubs. I liked some of the characterizations too: Omar, of course, but other folks too, like Daniels, Freamon, Levy, and especially the cold, cold Snoop.