The Wire: The Complete Series
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From the drug-infested streets of West Baltimore to the corruption of City Hall, The Wire chronicles the tribulations of a post-industrial American city. Viewed from the perspectives of both the police and their targets, the award-winning series captures a world where easy distinctions between good and evil,and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn.
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--> Several first-rank colleges and universities use it as the main "literature" for a course about the utter dysfunction of modern society;
--> Over the course of five INCREDIBLY written, acted, and directed seasons, it tells how institutions and people are corrupted and fail everyone (but especially children) when assaulted or drawn by the tsunami of money generated by illegal drug trade and human trafficking;
--> Like all great stories, this tale gets to the epic by way of the particular: it is told truthfully, perceptively, with wit and humor, in the lives of individuals: police administrators, corner-boys, junkies, plutocrats, volume dope-dealers, and urban pirates -- corner-boys to heavy-drinking beat cops, to teachers, to international businessmen.
An absolute tour de force; an absolute MUST for any consequential video library.
My wife and I have watched The Wire probably three times from beginning to end via streaming, on-air or DVR'd. We were mesmerized by the fantastic acting, characters, writing and feeling of the program. Nothing in this seemed to be television but a glimpse into day-to-day life in Inner B-more.
It's hard even now to see some of the actors in other roles without thinking of them being Stringer Bell, Jimmy McNulty or Omar Little. That is the absolute definition of a great character.
I can only add, if you recall the anxiety in waiting for the next episode of your favoritie Show back-in-the-day: Dallas, Dynasty, Hillstreet Blues, Favorite Daytime Soap or the Nightime Comedy-Drama Show "Soap", the Game, Melrose Place,..
The Wire accomplishes this x10 but not because of the storyline, as much as you (really) care about the characters, as if you knew them or sympathize heavily with their daily struggle, be they Hook or Crook. The Wire shows, you can be one but act like the other:):)
It's a superdeluxe Hillstreet Blues, New Jack City, GodFather, SuperFly, NYPD Blue, The Shield, GoodFellas Burrito.
The show would be Great if it weren't diverse, say mostly White, Black, or Foreign,..but combining all that diversity, along with different lifestyles,...this show is/was so good, many of my family members (4 of us) have our own individual Box Sets:):):)
You will watch it more than once.
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