So you've got to pick one from these four shows, so we can see which one is genuinely the King of US Crime TV shows. Votes are confidential, but I will then do a second poll with the Top 2 fighting it off against each other.
Who chose the shortlist and why such a short one with limited choices and therefore unrepresentative? Rendered worthless for those reasons, as you can't draw any fair conclusions from it about voters' tastes.
Furthermore The Sopranos isn't really a crime genre show, it's more of a domestic drama about a family, where the father/husband just happens to be a mob boss. That would make it an even shorter list.
The choices were chosen by me, not because I feel that they are the best, but because these four shows are generally considered by critics, TV viewers and other assorted media peeps, to be the four best crime shows of recent times, if not the best ever.
Whilst I could have included lots of others, my intention was to try and see what is considered by you folks, to be the absolute best of the best. The top dog. The one show that genuinely, has so few faults, that it is pretty much TV nirvana!
Shows like OZ, BREAKING BAD, THIRD WATCH, NYPD BLUE, DEXTER, etc, etc are all fantastic, but they don't usually tend to get labelled as being the absolute cream of US crime shows - not against the likes of THE SOPRANOS and THE WIRE.
The Shield is excellent, I've been watching it over the last couple of weeks. I'm half way through the final series at the moment. It's not as good as The Wire though. The Wire is the best show I've ever seen on TV.