I just plowed my way through all 5 seasons of The Wire. I know, I know…. I’m a little late to the party seeing as how this show ran from 2002 – 2008. But! I had heard it was a must-see show… best show ever, etc. Man, this show is great. Really well done. The writing and acting is impeccable.
But boy is it ever bleak. Based on the streets of Baltimore, the show starts with the Baltimore Police Department and their fight against the street drug dealers. But the show evolves into so much more than that. Each season focuses on a different part of “the system.”
From the cops, to blue collar dock workers, to the local government, schools, and the news industry, it’s demoralizing and tragic how corrupt and political everything is. The show is based on former police reporter David Simon’s books and has been lauded as the most realistic cop show on TV. It’s brutally violent, but has funny moments and often surprises with the raw emotion and tenderness in some scenes.
If you haven’t watched it and you don’t mind violence and hearing the F-word at least 30 times an hour, you should give it a try. You can purchase episodes on iTunes, watch on HBOgo (with a cable subscription) or check your local library to rent the DVDs.