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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen Carefully, 24 Jun. 2007
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This review is from: The Wire : Complete HBO Season 1 [DVD] [2002] [2005] (DVD)
It's no wonder this series hasn't caught a massive audience. It's intelligent, it doesn't depend on cheap theatrics and easy hooks, it asks viewers to think for themselves, it refuses to run clichés and stereotypes, its characters are often amoral or ethically flip-flop just like real people, it doesn't hand over the story in neat little bites, it relies on small beats of emotion to redirect the narrative arcs and it absolutely refuses to make allowances if you miss anything of importance. When you add the methodical attention to detail in police work, the unfiltered slang used by the gangs, the unremitting bad language, the use of drugs and the occasional splashes of genuinely unpleasant violence it really is a winner. Oh yeah, and it takes its time and goes really slowly as well.

If reading the above you think it's a description of TV hell then goodbye. Don't let the door bump your backside on the way out. On the other hand if it rings any bells with you, then you have to watch this. The closest thing I can compare it to is...nothing else. There's never been anything quite like it. I read someone else here use the word genius and I think it is. It's a novel written for TV.

A word of warning, though. I was in episodes 5-7 before I started loving it. Up until then it was appreciation then it all clicked into place and I went back and played the whole thing from the start.

Also the 2nd and 3rd seasons are even better but you need to begin with season 1.
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Initial post: 8 Dec 2007 17:20:51 GMT
Goglyu says:
great review

Posted on 14 Aug 2008 14:30:29 BDT
Completely agree with everything you said, apart from there has been something like it before. It's called NYPD Blue.
Can't wait to see the second series.

Posted on 13 Sep 2008 15:12:30 BDT
NYPD blue???? I hope you are joking I really do. They are universes apart.

Its a masterpiece, go buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2009 09:42:46 BDT
Udonomi says:
NYPD Blue?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2009 21:14:20 BDT
surely you are not comparing NYPD Blue with The Wire!?
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