From Wikipedia (bold emphasis mine): "David Simon (the author of the serie) has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution they are committed to."
Despite only receiving modest ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest TV drama of all time. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes."
I'm no big fan of TV shows. I usually find them long, annoying, with little pratical value beside wasting time and living in an alternate reality. But once my brother and Charlie Brooker (from Newswipe, who liked it so much he made a video and wrote an article about it) convinced me, I watched the whole show in less than 3 months.
The Wire feels like a documentary about the US society, its 'drug war', life on the streets, the violence, the fucked up institutions, the people fucked up by those institution (both people dealing with them and those working in them), and how everything was connected one way or another. This show is more about modern American society than anything else. It'll give you food for thought on social policies, their impact, but also how real life is for regular people. I cannot but highly recommend it to you. Oh yes, and put the subtitles on: you're about to learn a new language.
About Carlito Riego
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