You have no bloody excuse. At all. 16 episodes of perfection, and Gene Hunt is my favorite fictional creation in years. No, not created -- summoned. Gene Hunt is a frikkin' avatar of justice.
Also on Netflix, but as far as I can see, only series 1, which is insane.
Gahh, if you have not seen this yet, I am so jealous of what you are about to experience. NO SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS.