Try shadow line. I've no idea where it is going at the moment which is s good sign (we are 3 episodes in)
Treme is by the same people as the wire and has many of the same actors (not the good looking ones though ) It is set in post Katrina New Orleans. I confess I struggled to get into it. Much slower that the wire.
Yy watched I Claudius as a teen. Vvv good. Also watched a few episodes of mad men and the sopranos but never got sucked in. Mm is very bleak, isn't it, tho I love the woman copy writer. The sopranos - I can't persuade dh to watch, don't know why. I loved the idea of heroes, but itjust disappeared up it's own arse, didn't it. Ditto lost and 24.
The Sopranos is truly the dogs' bollox and I am watching it now on Sky Atlantic, should anyone want to dip in. I was truly bereft when it finished and would happily watch it all over again (and have done to some extent) as it just improves with repeated viewings.