You're the second person to recommend The Wire within a 24 hour period. I'll have to check it out.
Release date: Jun 02, 2002
Season count: 5
Mpaa rating: TV-14
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Best TV series of the last 20 years. Long, fulfilling story arcs (unlike Sopranos leaving ridiculous loose ends), rounded characters that show that good guys and bad guys aren't just, and a pointed spotlight on the ills of society (inner city, working class, politics, education, press).
Fantastic show with a Dickensesque cast of characters and a sprawling narrative which works over individual seasons as well as across all five collectively. Treats the viewer with intelligence, and doesn't pull punches. Will leave you feeling breathless and immersed in the lives of the characters.
David Simon (who did Homicide) is the director, and one of the major writers.
Very gritty and graphic.
Compelling stories about life in Baltimore, mostly in the poor neighborhoods.
5 seasons. Each season tackles a different subject:
drugs, unions running the harbor, education, city politics.
The characters grow throughout the series.
This Baltimore crime drama is the most complex of its kind. Going to great lengths to portray it's villains and heroes in accurate light, The Wire succeeds in making you love and loathe characters you'd never expect. It had me rooting for the ruthless stick-up man Omar until the very end.
It's essentially a 50+ hour movie that will keep you glued to your seat, so be prepared.
This is like a great American novel, but on television. Brilliant storytelling with a slow and intricate unfolding of storylines and characters. So it doesn't come as a surprise that one journalist was quoted as saying: "“The Wire should win the Nobel Prize for literature!".
I don't normally get into cop shows, but this was the best drama I've seen in years. I lost entire nights watching DVD after DVD of it.
Thanks Ictus and Tom for your recommendations. I loved Alias and 24 and will give it a shot. "Best Drama" and "Should win a Nobel for Literature" are hard recommendations not to listen to!
Trying something new ... hunch is telling me that this is my top predicted show. thinking about getting the first full season, but what do people think of it? I typically like action, crime, suspense, thriller shows, ideally including government conspiracies. Thoughts anyone?
brilliantly written series, largely based around the charecters. One of the only police series which pays as much attention to the criminals lifestyle and procedures as the police.
Cons: As it progresses more attention is added to the local government politics which isn't particularly action packed. The second series is also a little tedious, but worth watching for the latter series'.
Easily the most addictive show on TV - ever. The multiple story levels, through the 5 seasons, with stellar acting and attention to detail is beyond me. Also, I'm glad they quit while they were ahead!
Cons: - I'm not sure if we'll ever see another show as awesome as The Wire.
- I seem to have trouble getting absolutely everyone I know to watch through the whole 5 seasons - which is an outright...
Complex characters and fascinating story arcs. The writing was just brilliant. Remains one of my favorite shows of all time.
Cons: You have to stick with it. Commit. I don't think of this as a con, but I know people who've been turned off by the speed of the show in the beginning.
My favourite television show by far. Very smart and also extremely gritty and truthful. A great depiction of how life really is in Baltimore.
Cons: The first episode can be quite hard to follow. Therefore if you are trying to get people into it then this can put them off which is a real shame.
Simply the best. A long drama on television with a direction is increasingly rare. These writers plotted out great stories and characters and didn't diverge into gimmicks (aka The Lost effect)
Cons: Some people (like my parents) find it difficult to understand the language and slang of the criminals.