Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, The Wire is regarded by many, as the greatest television show ever made. The American crime drama set and produced in and around Baltimore, started out as a straight-up police procedural about cops surveilling drug dealers in the inner city. In subsequent seasons, it added subplots about other city institutions introducing a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.
The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of social and political themes. If you haven’t yet seen it, than fear not; HBO plans on rebroadcasting the entire series remastered, starting September 4. And with this news, we can hope the series will eventually be released on Blu-ray as well. Watch the promo below, and while here, check out our review of the pilot.
“It’s Baltimore, gentlemen. The gods will not save you.”