The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
Jesse L. Martin,
With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He's employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the ... See full summary »
Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians. Written by
Appeared on Time magazine's list of the "All-Time 100 TV Shows" by critic James Poniewozik in the September 5, 2007 issue. See more »
Throughout the series some Officers are shown on both the day, evening and Night shifts in a short period of time, some even within the same day. The Baltimore police department rarely gives shift changes until the next fiscal year. See more »
I ain't no suit-wearin' businessman like you... you know I'm just a gangsta I suppose...
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In every episode, after the opening credits a quote appears on the screen that will be spoken by a character in that episode. See more »
It's the greatest TV drama series I've ever seen. Better by some distance than even its notable HBO peers. (I call it a TV drama but the fact is that it's suited purely for DVD, it has complete disregard for the casual viewer and is perhaps best viewed in two or three sittings, a minor detail in episode three will find its significance ten episodes later, etc).
Focusing on the drugs business of Baltimore (and so much more) from the police to the dealers to City Hall to the longshoremen on the coast, I simply cannot rave about this show enough and have become a bore on the subject.
The profane writing snaps and pops beautifully, the plots are deeply intricate and profoundly gripping, and the acting is nothing short of perfection. What a cast! I don't say this lightly. The characters run deep and authentic with performances to match, and there are no minor characters in this show, some simply have more screen time than others.
After the terrific first season I couldn't believe that the shattering second series (perhaps the high-water mark) not only kept up the standard, but perhaps even exceeded it. The third, fourth and fifth seasons stand shoulder to shoulder too, joining finally and standing as a single tapestry.
This is heavy-duty and literary storytelling of the first order.
The show requires attention and commitment and will reward both to a degree that means when each "case" ends you'll be edified in a way that the CSI franchise et al can never even fractionally compete with.
They are pizza, The Wire is a banquet. We don't get enough banquets, so accept this ones invitation, you wont regret it.
Heartbreaking, somehow funnier than many comedies, beautifully played and written with enviable brilliance, if you're unaware of this show then I urge you: invest, it's likely you'll thank me later. Get season one and sit back, prepare to find yourself in the thrall of genuine yet disarmingly humble greatness.
Be warned though, don't expect episodic entertainment, these are 12 and 13 hour procedural movies that add up to a five-year whole, divided by necessity by HBO, a network with the balls to have greenlit this series five times, even despite its low ratings, simply on the basis of the fact it's going to enter the pantheon of all time greatest.
A little hyperbole there, but it's really above and beyond.
So many classic moments, each growing more rich with time, to say more about them or name the moments would spoil the experience of seeing them fresh, as I did and as I would heartily recommend -- avoid spoilers (not that the text on screen will do justice to this cast, this writing and production), you'll be rewarded by the story. It has moments that truly compete with the best in cinema whilst simultaneously cutting its own fierce path.
It's rare for me to enthuse about something to this degree (and in years of using the IMDb this is the only comment I've taken the time to make), but somewhere in its fusion of casually classic writing and disarmingly humble production -- they made my favourite thing.
The Wire is simply an astonishing achievement. I owned the first season on DVD for about a year before I realised it was astonishing -- it crept up on me, my brain had to catch up with it -- when I rewatched it and got the other seasons, I became (and remain) utterly hooked.
Do youself a favour, if you haven't already -- check out The Wire.
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