I largely agree. After buying and watching all five seasons of The Wire last year, I struggled with an internal debate: was it better than Homicide Life on the Street? While The Wire is justifiably lauded on this island as either the best or very close to the best television ever produced, HLOTS never really made an impact out here, at least one sufficiently lasting enough allowing for discussion and debate amongst my friends and colleagues.
I watched HLOTS unerringly during its seven year run, and while the last two or three seasons could be ignored, have considered it since the best television drama. The Wire challenged this notion, and it still does.