HBO: The Wire


Was up late watching the first 3 hours of The Wire. Another HBO original thats been going on for a few seasons. I gotta say its an awesome show. Adding this one to the roster.

About the Show:

The plot of the first season centers on the ongoing struggles between police units and drug-dealing gangs on the west side of the city, and is told from both points of view. Subsequent seasons have focused on other facets of the city. 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, and how… whether you're a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge [or] lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you've committed to."[3]

The Wire has received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of urban life and uncommonly deep exploration of sociological themes, and has been called the best show on television by TIME,[4][5] Entertainment Weekly,[6] The Guardian,[7] the Chicago Tribune,[8] Slate,[9] the San Francisco Chronicle[10] and the Philadelphia Daily News.[11] Despite the positive reviews, the show has failed to draw a large audience.

On April 30th, 2007, production for Season 5 officially began. It is expected to premiere in the first quarter of 2008. Based on already scheduled HBO Programming, the debut date should be February 3rd or February 10th, 2008.[12]

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