I've watched the Wire and The Corner numerous times, and disagree with this. As much as The Corner is a very moving, character-driven exploration of how drugs and crime rip apart a group of people (and I defy anyone not too feel slightly emotional when the real-life counterparts of the characters in the story appear at the end), the scope of the Wire means that it isn't simply a television drama - it's a cultural study of not just drugs and crime and the impact of anti-drug policies has on a city, but also of the collapse of the blue-collar class, the way the political classes and other elite tacitly supports the drug industry to improve their own position, the way that schools offer no escape route for anyone in these inner city areas and the toothless nature of the media. The Corner makes you cry for a couple of people. The Wire makes you cry for a generation after generation of people who happen to be born in the wrong place.
Breaking Bad "Blood Money" ; amazing. The foreshadowing going on is incredible. Skinny Pete's plot proposal for Star Trek was in itself a key to the remaining seven episodes.