Tuesday, February 9, 2010
The Wire (TV Series)
Creator: David Simon
Starring: Dominic West, Idris Elba, Wood Harris, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Clarke Peters,
If I was really lazy, I could just tell you that The Wire is a good cop drama set in Baltimore. It's true but it doesn't do the show justice. It's much more than just a good cop drama. The best, in fact. Better than the countless ones that have been on TV over the past two decades.
It's created, produced and written by David Simon, an author and former Baltimore police reporter. With his real life experiences, Simon has been able to produce a realistic portrayal of life on the streets of Baltimore. All the characters featured in the show have real depth and are well developed to a point where you feel like you know them quite well. It's not as simple as... We're the cops, they're the drug dealers, now lets catch them. It's very gritty.
While it ran for 5 seasons, the show explored various facets of the city of Baltimore including the drug trade, government, the school system, and more.
Simon described his show as "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how whether you're a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you've committed to."
This show is one of my favourite dramas on TV and couldn't recommend it any more.
All 5 seasons are available on DVD now.