Friday, January 14, 2011

Best.Show.Ever


So last night, Chad and I finished watching the final episode of a television show that has absolutely riveted us for the past several months.

"The Wire" was a show that ran for five seasons on HBO from 2002-2008. Months ago, a few friends mentioned the show to me and how it was incredible. Chad and I went ahead and bought the entire series and quickly started in.

Honestly and without exaggeration... it is BY FAR the greatest show I have ever seen.

A quick synopsis from Wiki:

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 Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising sixty episodes over five seasons

Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. They are, in order: the illegal drug trade, the port system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly of character actors 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 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."

Despite never seeing a large commercial success or 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. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes.

I have hardly, if ever, found a show where you become so emotionally attached to the characters, you have a hard time believing that it is just a television show.The show is definitely gritty - so be warned - but it is incredibly realistic.

I could go on and on all day about how incredible this show was, but I just had to introduce it to you. So if you have Netflicks, or even better - want to just spend the money and go ahead and buy the series (because you WILL watch it again and give it to everyone you know to watch), do it. You won't regret it.

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