Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
You can tell while watching (especially at the end of S1 and S3) that they didn't really expect to come back for another go.
And yes, it's shocking and appalling that it got no love critically. Idris Elba (Stringer) and Dominic West (McNulty) have both gone on to be nominated for other stuff, but it's criminal that neither one -- or Michael K. Williams (Omar), for that matter -- even got nominated for hardware on this show.
It got (and still gets) plenty of love critically - just not awards-wise.