Perhaps more than any other series, The Wire is difficult to evaluate episodically. The show’s much-vaunted “novelistic” quality means that it’s easier to understand the story on a season-by-season basis rather than in any self-contained hour. (Remember how hard it was just to keep track of individual characters in the first episode?) But The Wire is still a TV show, and television is, by its very nature, episodic: Whether or not you watched it weekly in 2006 or plowed through it on HBO Go, there are still 60 individual installments. Some of those are good, some of them are great, and some are just okay at best (looking at you, season five). But nothing is better than arguing about them, so here it is: every episode of The Wire, ranked.