Christian Petzold — none of whose films I have yet seen (although I plan to see ‘Yella’ soon), has this to say about television:
The most interesting it gets are the crime series by Dominik Graf or imports like "The Wire" or "The Sopranos". These are the best things I’ve seen on television. Cinema is nouvelle, TV is roman and "The Sopranos" is an absolute epic. Thomas Mann would make TV series today.