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Is Homicide: Life On The Street better than The Wire?

26 March 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As all 122 episodes of the seminal police drama are compiled in a new box set, Jim Shelley revisits the mean streets of Homicide

The best cop show of recent times – one of the most innovative and influential dramas of all time – was set not in New York, Miami or La, but in Baltimore. It featured a squad of embattled, super (street) smart, sardonic detectives fighting against the drug dealing and killing blitzing their beloved city. This series stemmed from the pen of the godlike David Simon and was as literate, funny and deep as television could be. But it was not The Wire. It was Homicide: Life On The Street.

Homicide: Life On The Street was even better than The Wire. Yeah – as Chris Rock likes to cry defiantly – I said it! The show ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1993 to 1999, making the new box set a glorious 122 episodes »

- Jim Shelley

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