I highly recommend Rome. It probably fell right between the Sopranos and The Wire for me. This might be a biased opinion due to my love of history, but I'm positive the show is excellent on its own merits.
"That's the reason my FFL team name is TrentGreenLeadBlock. When you see this mother****er coming around the corner on a block, put your children to bed and batten down the hatch on your girl's snatch, because the same power that destroys defenders can scar the minds of the youth and simultaneously impregnate any woman within sight, live or on television."