Years ago, I was never a big fan of most US drama series, finding them either cheesey, OTT, or too "touchy feely" and sentimental.
Over the past 6 or 7 years though, the quality has got much better IMO.
First off, I got hooked on The Sopranos & Six Feet Under.
Both superb shows that I watched from start to finish.
Then came Deadwood (Ian McShane is superb in this).
More recently I've got into The Shield which is incredibly addictive.
Not all that realistic perhaps, but it's incredibly tense & exciting.
I've just finished Season 5 and am about to pick up Season 6 (that's just been released).
Best of all though, is THE WIRE.
In my opinion, this is possibly the best TV drama series ever made.
Gritty, intelligent and realistic, it's written and acted brilliantly.
I had to watch a few episodes of Season 1 before it exerted it's grip on me (it's slow and takes a while to really get into), but after that I was totally hooked.
Having watched the recently released dvd box-set of Season 4, I couldn't wait for the 5th (and final) season to get released over here so I naughtily downloaded the episodes, and it was fantastic.
Best show I've ever seen.
There are a lot of other shows that have come from the US recently that don't really appeal to me but have been critically acclaimed (Heroes etc.).
So basically, I think the best drama series are coming from the US right now (by a mile).
What do you think ?
Any fans of the shows I've mentioned ?
Any other good top quality US drama shows that you enjoy ?