A few years ago I plowed through the entire series of The Wire and absolutely loved it. I tried to get my husband to watch it with me but he can be quite difficult when it comes to trying to nail him down to get him to watch a show. There are very few that can capture and keep hold of his attention.
It wasn’t until we were on holiday last year that his father and stepmom told him that they watched it and loved it that he’d actually consider giving it a go. Even then, it still took me months to get him to settle down and watch an episode.
For the past few weeks he has been completely hooked, as I knew he would be. We’ve got a man here who would usually watch only one show after dinner and then scurry off back to his Lego Lair, sitting for entire evenings trying to squeeze in as many episodes as he can before bed.
Yes, it’s that good.
An official critics promo:
A fan made promo that shows what it’s about really well too:
I could post 100 videos here and there’s no way it would even come close to showing just how amazingly real and captivating this show is. Yeah, it’s about drug dealers and cops but it’s not like your usual American Cop show where the cops are the good guys, the drug dealers are the bad guys and it’s all black and white. This show is a thousand shades of grey. There are good and bad guys on both sides…
The cops are doing what they think is right, but they are human and are flawed. The drug dealers are doing what they feel they need to do to survive and some of them are even quite endearing. It makes you think, which a lot of these types of shows don’t do.
Today I read an interesting article about the Attorney General ordering more episodes of The Wire.
Sometimes government officials draw fire for potentially overstepping their authority — but Attorney General Eric Holder will probably get some praise for ordering the writers of the critically-acclaimed television series HBO “The Wire” to come up with more episodes or a movie.
The gritty fictional series, which ran five seasons on HBO, showed the raw side of Baltimore as it endured hundreds of murders annually and a rampant drug scene. The show focused on the cash-strapped city police trying to root out crime as well as the drug dealers fighting for turf, using children to run their corners and the related effects on the city.
On Tuesday three of the actors, Wendell Pierce (“Bunk”), Sonja Sohn (“Kima”) and Jim True-Frost (“Prez”), dropped by the Justice Department to join Holder in trying to draw attention to the issue of protecting children from drug abuse and exploitation.
But Holder could not resist a plea — well really an order — to the writers David Simon and Ed Burns for more.
“I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon: Do another season of ‘The Wire’,” Holder said, drawing laughter and applause from the audience. “That’s actually at a minimum. … If you don’t do a season, do a movie. We’ve done HBO movies, this is a series that deserves a movie. I want another season or I want a movie. I have a lot of power Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon.”
Wendell “Bunk” Pierce, who is now on the latest HBO hit “Treme”, chimed in with a “hear hear.”
As I said, this is some politics I could really get behind! Perhaps it was a bit tongue in cheek, I don’t know… but I think there’s a lot to be learned by watching a show like this. Perhaps it’s just the TV junkie in me talking though. I mean, it beats those lame after school specials, right?
I can’t imagine they will ever bring this show back to life, but if they ever did I’d be front and center to catch up with McNulty and the gang!
They just better bring back this guy… somehow.
The Wire just ain’t The Wire without Omar!
This is my favorite scene with him so far… there is nobody else in the world that can speak about themselves in the 3rd person and just make me love them more.