Ten things I’ve learned from watching “The Wire”

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  1. Such dynamic characters. We find ourselves rooting for Omar, a crass, brutal street thug who personifies a modern-day urban Robin Hood, and what’s more, the character is gay which just makes him more interesting and unique. Bunk Moreland embodies the struggle of men in his personal failings, womanizing, drinking excessively, but he walks this line between decent and self-destructive with his work ethic and devotion to family. Even the bit players are great in their roles. The casting of this show perhaps outshines the writing, which is brilliant on its own. The peak of this show was Season 3, the Stringer Bell / Avon Barksdale split. The season 4 gave us some great performances from the kids and I nearly lost my mind when I randomly saw the actor who played Bodie pop up recently on a Fed Ex commercial. How can he not find a job? Totally agree the Wire is the best show I have ever watched and I’ve enjoyed the likes of Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, and currently Boardwalk Empire. A close 2nd for me on television, is Louie.

  2. I learned EVERY other TV show I’ve ever seen is rubbish!! :)

  3. Adsum Ozar says:

    After watching The Wire, most cop/lawyer/politician shows on tv just seem so dishonest and cartoonish now. The attention to all the different parts of the “working machine”, and the detail in character development was awesome. I’m afraid there won’t be another show like it ever again.

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