Over the past couple of months I’ve been watching an HBO show called The Wire. I tried to watch the first episode twice when it first came on back in 2002, but I got bored early on. I heard so many people say good things about it over the years that I knew I would give it another try someday and stick with it. I’m glad I did. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.
The Wire is a crime drama set in Baltimore. Each of the 5 seasons focuses on 1 aspect (the drug trade, the educational system, the media, etc.) of Baltimore, but there are characters and storylines that carry over from season to season. I don’t know how many nights I stayed up way too late watching episodes. I kind of want to go back and watch it again. The only small complaint is that they use some non-professional actors. Some were real policemen, politicians, etc. I cringed a little sometimes when they were on screen because it can take you out of the scene a little.
There is plenty to like about The Wire. The writing. The realism. The fascinating detective work. The funny moments. If you get a chance, you should watch it.