I'll say it again.
The WIRE is the best drama, bar none, in the history of television. it has no competitor and no equal. Nothing comes close. The reason it was overlooked, largely, by the mass of viewers and critics was because it showed Urban America (as distinguished from Black America. Urban doesn't mean black) the way it actually is; it showed how interconnected all of us are whether or not we like it. And it showed more than one black person, more than one kind of black person, more than five kinds of black person in every show. I don't belevie that's ever been done on a TV series, not even ones about black people written and directed by black people.
this was the most audacious, brave and, frankly AMERICAN series I have ever seen.
Some of the best black actors whose names most STILL don't know, did some of their best work in this show. If you didn't see it, you missed out. If you reduce it to the level of NYPD BLUE or even HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET (which takes place in the same universe) you are missing the point and missing the ART. Missing.
This is artwork. It is sublime. It is brutal. it is beautiful. It is real.
Reducing it to "just another" anything, especially without viewing it, is a mistake no writer and, frankly, no one who wants provocative thoughtful, AGGRESSIVELY intelligent and challenging television can afford to make.
You'll learn more from watching this show than you will from eight straight years at the best college writing program.
This is the Michael Jordan, the Muhammed Ali of television drama.
Accept no substitute.