Yeah, I'd watch 2 for all those reasons, for sure.

It still is in another league when you get to season 3 though.

I'd be interested in running what seems to be the general consensus past people, which from a lot of places seems to be this:

It keeps getting better until season 6, which is basically flawless. And then 7 is very good, but not quite so good as 6 had been, albeit still with some terrific episodes.