The Wire is an American crime drama television series created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon. The series is perhaps one of the greatest dramas in the past few decades. The Wire premiered on HBO on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons and it still available to watch in its’ entirety. It’s not an ordinary cop show– it’s a work of art, it’s funny, it introduced an incredible cast, and it’s absolutely fascinating.
Set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland, The Wire introduces a different institution of the city and its relationship to law enforcement in each season, while retaining characters and advancing storylines from previous seasons. The five subjects are, in chronological order: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, education and schools, and the print news medium. The large cast consists mainly of actors who are little known for their other roles, as well as numerous real-life Baltimore and Maryland figures in guest and recurring roles. Simon has said that despite its framing as a crime drama, the show is “really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed.”
The Wire is lauded for its literary themes, its uncommonly accurate exploration of society and politics, and its realistic portrayal of urban life. Although during its original run the series received only average ratings and never won any major television awards, it is now regarded by many critics as one of the greatest television shows of all time.
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