Wednesday, August 10, 2011

TV Series of the Month – The Wire

This month’s series is The Wire (2002-2008).

Argued to be the greatest show of all-time by many critics, the HBO series is about the city of Baltimore – its drug scene, law enforcement, politics, schools, docks, and newspaper. The series is created by David Simon, who built-off his work on Homicide: Life on the Street and The Corner to make this show truly amazing. It has a fantastic cast starring Dominic West, John Doman, Wendall Pierce, Lance Reddick, Deirdre Lovejoy, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Domenick Lombardozzi, Clarke Peters, Andre Royo, Delaney Williams, Frankie Faison, and Jim True-Frost. There are also very memorable guest appearances from Michael Kenneth Williams, Wood Harris, Idris Elba, Aidan Gillen, Robert Wisdom, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Amy Ryan, Pablo Schreiber, James, Ransone, Chris Bauer, Michael Kostroff, and Jamie Hector (and many more). What I love about the show is how every season focuses around a different aspect of the city, but still incorporates the large group of well-drawn characters. The series speaks to many real life issues and yet never feels preachy. Each season is completely engaging and fresh (it is hard not to marathon through a whole season in a weekend, once you start). This is a must see for anyone who likes great HBO style dramas, as this one might be the very best. Check out the trailer.

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