My advice to anyone starting to watch the Wire is to not give up after the first few episodes. It can feel a bit slow to start with, but stick with. Once hooked, you won't let go.
Absolutely. You have to get into it, especially the Baltimore street slang. I just finished rewatching it and it's still amazing, other than maybe the final season.
Agree. When we first started watching it we gave up because we couldn’t understand the Baltimore street kids’ slang and accent - was effectively a foreign language. Even replaying we couldn’t get it. Then one of our friends cleverly suggested turning the subtitles on - once we did that we were in.