I would rate The Wire as my favourite series. My wife and I were recently talking about re-watching it - @Handle9: how well has it stood up to the test of time?
That scene is luckily available on YT!
The Wire is one of the greatest shows of all time. The phone/pager stuff has dated a bit but is still really cool. The urban decay and politics is even more relevant today IMO.
I should also add that David Simon is an incredibly angry and profane follow on Twitter. His swearing is both incredibly excessive and poetic. I rather like him.