Why I Love The Wire: TV Show Review.

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I started watching The Wire about six months ago. I was told that it possibly is the best TV show one could come across. Armed with this knowledge, I took a three-month plunge into it and found myself a much better man at the end of the 5 phenomenal seasons of this TV Show.


The Wire talks about the city of Baltimore, which is rife with issues. It has a total of five seasons, each focusing on a pertinent issue- drugs, the seaport, government, education system, and the print media. Each episode is a healthy 42 minutes and every season is packed with content.

Throughout the TV show, in the various seasons and episodes, there is minimal background music. This TV show relies on natural background sounds to fill the void- when it’s not being barraged by bullets and expletives.

With this TV show, soon enough, the viewer realises that the TV show itself does not have any characters as conventional hero or villain- the protagonist does some pretty ugly things in most episodes. The “baddies” or villains have characters that often introspect and ask themselves whether what they’re doing is actually worth it, and try to resolve other issues in their own way. The recurring pattern throughout the 5 seasons is that the fault is in the system- however much a single person (or a bunch of them) try to change the system, they can’t.

Oh, in every season, the lead hero/protagonist character is also an alcoholic who always crosses the wrong people, but is smart. Every episode of each season is packed with entertainment.

The TV show is acted out brilliantly- shoutout to the characters of Omar Little, Cedric Daniels, and Bubbles. In season four and season five of this TV show, in most of the episodes, some of the detectives and journalists characters act as themselves, which just adds to the TV show.

The real winner  is the writing. Each character has been so elaborately written, in every episode of all 5 seasons. The character of Omar has to be the most well-written character in the history of Tv Shows. (Sorry, Tony Soprano and Walter White.) The scenes have been set appropriately, and no scene seems unnecessarily drawn-out. Case in point, in this one episode, there’s a scene in which the character Bunk Moreland and heartthrob character McNulty solve a case by saying nothing but the word “fuck”. It lasts in excess of four minutes, and you don’t need to follow the story to notice the Tv Show’s innate brilliance.

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However, the TV show is held back by it’s strongest facet- the dialogues. Since majority of the characters are African-American, their conversations are often esoteric in nature, and require a heavy dependence on subtitles for reference. However, this keeps the realism of the Baltimore projects alive throughout every episode of the five seasons of the TV show.

Barack Obama calls it his favourite TV show, even over House of Cards. TIME, Slate and The Guardian have named it as the best TV show ever. Harvard and John Hopkins offer courses in sociology and filmmaking based on the TV show and certain episodes.






Shashwat Mohanty writes on his favorite TV Show: The Wire. Originally posted on Medium: https://medium.com/@mohantee/the-wire-dfc4c34af1af#.ju7bepqud


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