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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ2iGYwdEi8

    The best show that is on television, may take you a while to grip you in but it is a stunning piece of television that will draw you into it with unendingly perfect characterisation.

    The youtube clip is Charlie Brooker describing it more eloquently than I could.
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    It was indeed a fantastic show. Have you watched all of it?
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    First series and part 1 of series 2.
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    I'm at the same stage as you Bakunin (ish - final episode of season 2 to go for me).
    I sense we have a powerful, moving and significant journey ahead of us.

    More from Charlie Brooker (to whom i am eternally gratefull for pointing me in the right direction..)

    Oh, just watch it...


    The Wire isn't like 99 per cent of TV shows and preparation is required for first time viewers. Thank God Charlie Brooker is on hand to help. Watch the first episode here

    OK, OK. So I'm banging on about The Wire again, like some kind of unofficial spokesman. But at least this time you're getting something in return: the first episode of the first season, for free, via the Guardian website, as a stream, for the next seven days. Newspaper giveaways don't come more modern than this - it makes the Mail On Sunday's free Prince CD look downright medieval.

    What's more, since The Wire is - and I keep saying this because it's TRUE - the best TV show of the last 20 years, it's also one of the best giveaways imaginable. If you get into it, I can guarantee you'll look at TV in a whole new light, marvelling at the heights it's capable of achieving, and shaking your head with fresh horror at the lows it generally opts for.


    On the face of it, it's a show about police and drug dealers in contemporary Baltimore - but that's a woefully simplistic description. Stick with it, and by the time you get to season four you'll realise that when co-creator David Simon describes it as a "treatise on the death of America", it's not empty hyperbole. By some margin, this is the most ambitious, complex drama serial ever created.

    But before you scuttle off, let me offer some advice.

    1. Be patient. The Wire is often referred to as "the televisual equivalent of a novel", partly because that sounds flouncy and impressive, but mainly because it's structured like one. Think of each episode as a chapter in a book. It's important to bear this in mind because years of TV watching will have conditioned you into expecting a neat, processed conclusion at the end of any given programme. This first instalment is merely putting characters and themes in place for the rest of the season. The show is a textbook "slow burner" - don't expect to have your world altered by a single chapter.

    2. Concentrate, without breaking a sweat. The Wire is more realistic than any other "cop show" you've ever seen. It was created by a former crime reporter and a former homicide detective, so it knows its subject matter inside out. Consequently, the police and the dealers regularly use insider slang without explaining what they mean. Stir unusual Baltimore accents into the mix and you might not understand everything they're saying. No matter. You'll pick it up. Before long, you'll be an expert.

    3. Prepare to obsess. No other show on TV has such an impressive range of intricate characters. Give them a chance and they grow on you like moss. I know heterosexual men who are deeply in love with Stringer Bell. Once you "get into" the show, it's impossible to get out, and at the end of each season you'll be jonesing, junkie-style, for your next fix. So get ready to bore your friends by droning on and about its brilliance. Like I'm doing here. Anyway, just watch the bloody thing, will you? It's being given away free, for Christ's sake.
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    Oh, I didn't realise you were so early in. I would advise you to be cautious when approaching Brookers comments on the show at such an early stage, I can think of a few examples where he discusses season 3 plot lines.

    I downloaded the 5th series as it aired in the US, so I finished quite a while back. I envy you guys :p:

    Edit: This is the second thread I've seen on the Wire now, its criminally (eh?) underrated
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    I've watch the first episode of this and was pretty underwhelmed but everyone seems to love it so much I'm just about to go and watch ep2 and give it a second chance.
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    ^ It may take the viewing of one to three episodes to for you to truly become engaged.

    I suggest that you just continue watching and you'll be rewarded handsomely.
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    (Original post by o-e-s-j)
    I've watch the first episode of this and was pretty underwhelmed but everyone seems to love it so much I'm just about to go and watch ep2 and give it a second chance.

    This is a good article from a florida newspaper but it contains SPOILERS if you haven't seen the first two seasons but here are two quotes from David Simon, in that article, (The creator) I think you should read:

    'Go back and look at the first few chapters of Moby **** . . . You don't even get on the deck of the Pequod until Chapter 5," he said, laughing. "Much of episodic television has been the visual equivalent of really good short story writing. I think HBO, because they show these things four or five times a week and have no commercials, (is) at the point where we can start doing something different."

    '"I think this show is entertaining, but we're not trying to entertain," he said. "Our attitude is, HBO gave us 12 hours . . . a rare . . . gift to tell a story. The last thing we should do is just make a show to entertain."
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    Yeah, it's an excellent show. Gripping, very dedicated to it's characters and making them as realistic and rounded as they can. I like it. I have watched series 1-3 but then suddenly stopped for no reason except the manically revising one, because if I didn't force myself to do something else, I would have watched every episode online. The last series is not supposed to be as good, any one disagree with this? Only one person told me they were disappointed, but he may have just been picky!
 
 
 
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