I agree. It's really slow-paced but that's not a bad thing. The character development really benefits for one thing. Discovered the other week that Charles McGill is just David St Hubbins from Spinal Tap! Mind = blown.Yep it's really good. I will warn you though. First season is a slog to get through. First 4-5 episodes are slow, almost gave up. Definitely worth sticking with if you liked Breaking Bad.
The Shield was quality. Like how Sons of Anarchy and The Shield kind of exist in the same universe and share some of the same gangs, and a lot of the same actors etc.