HBO's The Wire

Feb 2012
81
Connecticut, USA
HBO: The Wire: Homepage



The Wire is an American television drama series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBOhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons. Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug tradehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade, the seaporthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly of character actorshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_actor who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation 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 longshoremanhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution they are committed to."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-TAR-0
Despite only receiving modest ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made and one of the most accomplished works of fiction of the 2000s.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-metascore1-2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-3http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-4http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-5http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire#cite_note-6 The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitcalhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociopolitical themes.
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I questioned whether I should place this thread here or the Lounge, but despite its characterization as "fiction" I truly feel its the most authentic depiction of the post-modern American City.


I decided to make this thread for two reasons;


1. To highly encourage everyone who hasn't seen this show to give it a shot. I would place this series up against any others. An while it is technically fiction the majority of the plots, characters, and developments are based in fact.



2. To ask if there are any fans here at Historum? If so, share your opinions, thoughts, etc.



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Dec 2011
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I am planning to get Season One on DVD at some point.

Hope its as good as Deadwood or Sons of Anarchy.
 

markdienekes

Ad Honorem
Apr 2010
4,875
Oxford
Can't even make it through the first episode.
I watched the first two or three, and couldn't watch any more. All my friends rave on about how good it is... I just don't see it! I've really lost interest in modern crime dramas and particularly urban life stuff in general... maybe when that changes someday, I'll sit down and watch this.
 
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Feb 2012
81
Connecticut, USA
I am planning to get Season One on DVD at some point.

Hope its as good as Deadwood or Sons of Anarchy.
It is not the tpyical show with 1 hour plot archs that are either neater resolved, or rely on seemingly-monumental cliff hangers to hold your attention.

I'm not trying to sound "stuffy", but if you are patient, and pay close attention you will be hooked by end of the first season. Aditionally, by the time you end the series I can garentee you'll recognize the brilliance of it, and want to re-watch.

It may not seem like it at first, but its a show that demands a certain level of commitment and intelligence from its audience. This is one of the reasons why I was hoping this forum would appreciate it. It also does an amazing job depicting the many problems plaguing American cities.

Oh well, win some lose some :think:
 
Jan 2011
307
Virginia
I watched the whole series when it came on the Audience channel. After the first episode I didn't think it was anything special, but soon after I was hooked. I don't watch a lot of TV, especially fictional stuff, but this was the exception -- definitely one of the best shows I've seen.

It has an intricate plotline, characters, and development, so I second the earlier opinion that it makes you think. Normally, in a show, if you miss a few scenes of even an episode you haven't missed much. In The Wire that ain't the case. The most realistic aspect I noticed were the political elements wrapped up in both the police administration and the portrayal of the drug trade -- Coming from a military background, having dealt with exactly that kind of bureaucracy, I was very impressed.
 

okamido

Forum Staff
Jun 2009
29,885
land of Califia
I very much want to enjoy this show, as like Markdienekes, I have heard nothing but exceptional things. About what point in the first season does it grab you?
 
Jan 2011
307
Virginia
I wish I could pinpoint exactly for you, but I saw them over a year ago -- and all 4 seasons were stretched out over about a year as well (it came on weekly). With everything that happened, its hard to remember.

I will say that one aspect I thought was really interesting about the 1st season was the character Omar's "war" with the Barksdale gang. I also liked the character Freeman's interactions with McNulty. Freeman was probably one of my favorite characters (he represented "true police"). Also, everything introduced in the 1st season lasts through to the last season. Things evolve and change and characters come and go, but the political BS "theme" and others carry throughout, getting larger in scale and more complex. It was not predictable like the other cop shows that are out there.

All that said, I was a little disappointed in the 2nd season and the end of the last season. The 2nd season revolves around the smuggling into the harbor and ties to the rest, but a little less seamless than the other 3 tie together. The very end probably disappointed me because it really all ended without much of a resolution -- but I believe that was what the writer intended with the whole project (kind of sends a message).

I would say to try and watch to about a third of the way through the 1st season, and if it doesn't really interest you by then you might not enjoy the rest. It's a little slow on the uptake, but things definitely pick up once the characters/situation are better introduced.

Edit: there were 5 seasons... meant 5th where I said 4th!
 
Dec 2011
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It is not the tpyical show with 1 hour plot archs that are either neater resolved, or rely on seemingly-monumental cliff hangers to hold your attention.
Yeah I like long story arcs...... how annoying on other shows when everything is back to normal the next week...... and the bad guy will be defeated in 45 mins.