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The Wire

Written by a former police reporter, this masterful series explores Baltimore's relationship with law and order.
By Sarah Ward
December 03, 2020
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By Sarah Ward
December 03, 2020
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Written by a former police reporter, this masterful series explores Baltimore's relationship with law and order.

The Wire isn't an anthology series in the traditional sense. It focuses on the same Baltimore police detectives each season — as led by Dominic West and Wendell Pierce — but sees their investigations overlap with a different element of the city's daily life. In the first season, it peers into illegal drugs. In the second, sea freight and the ports are in the spotlight. Across subsequent seasons, the focus falls on city government, the education system and newspapers.

Dense, intricate, devastatingly smart and oh-so-involving, the result is one of the best shows that HBO has ever made — and a series on par with The Sopranos in terms of its influence. It was created and primarily written by former Baltimore police reporter David Simon, so it knows its stuff. Also, among its A+ cast, keep an eye out for particularly exceptional work by Idris Elba and a very young Michael B Jordan (and for Isiah Whitlock Jr's over-extended pronunciation of  "sheeeeeeeee-it".

Published on December 03, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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