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December 06, 2007

Outsourced Wire Commentary

Peter Suderman:

It’s far and away the best show that’s ever been on television. I feel somewhat strange sometimes when saying this, because trying to compare any other show to it seems vaguely dishonest, and, at the bare minimum, completely unfair. It’s like asking, “Who would win in a race between a bunch of Olympic sprinters and The Flash?” Those sprinters are probably pretty excellent, but it’s just not a contest.

The show’s fifth season starts in January, but you really need to catch up on previous seasons before seeing it. For those who’re already in the loop, there are three short prequel teasers for the upcoming season online at Amazon. I’m actually only mildly impressed with the teasers, but they’ll do until the real stuff starts.

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It's a good show, but definitely not worth the "greatest show ever" talk I've been seeing a lot of lately.

Posted by: mad6798j | Dec 6, 2007 12:12:09 PM

If you like The Wire, watch David Simon's other TV show, Homicide: Live On The Street. It's off the air now, but you can get the DVDs.

Posted by: Jeremy | Dec 6, 2007 12:39:55 PM

For he first season or two, Homicide was the best drama show ever on network TV. After that it became a more conventional cop show but was still quite good.

Posted by: SteveH | Dec 6, 2007 12:54:26 PM

I generally don't care for cop shows. I passed on The Wire for a long time because of this. The producers used my church social hall as a prop room when shooting on location. This piqued my interest and I Netflixed the first disk. I have been hooked on it since. I don't know that "greatest show ever" talk is useful. I prefer the more staid "it is very very good, even if you don't like cop shows".

Posted by: Richard Hershberger | Dec 6, 2007 2:36:16 PM

The problem is that after taking the dive and getting hooked on the show, it is really hard to talk about The Wire without hyperbole. There's just so many things that it does well it's not easy to write a review that touches on them all (notably, most critics fail to effectively communicate how darkly funny the show often is). It covers all the bases, and invents a few new bases. So there's just no easy way to explain what it is and why it's so good, and the only soundbite review that comes to mind -- "greatest show ever" -- lends itself to inviting backlash and ridicule.

Posted by: andrew levine | Dec 6, 2007 3:15:32 PM

Question: is it funny? I finally started watching the Sopranos after the show ended, and was surprised at how funny it is. That's what I like about it most. I've read nothing suggesting that The Wire is funny, but if it is, I might give it a shot.

Posted by: JRoth | Dec 6, 2007 3:57:39 PM

It's a good show, but definitely not worth the "greatest show ever" talk I've been seeing a lot of lately.


Posted by: Media Glutton | Dec 6, 2007 4:14:40 PM

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