Is this review even necessary? I suppose so, since everyones tastes are different. That said, in MY opinion(which is my own), The Wires the best tv show ever produced. Several others have come close, but this is, for me, as good as it gets. That said, season 5 to me is the 'weakest' of the 5 seasons and I'm giving it 5 stars. That's saying something. This show not just excellent, its CONSISTENTLY excellent. I did not watch this when it first came out. Hell I hadnt even HEARD of it when it first came out (probably because I didnt have HBO at the time).
When I found it? My entire extended weekend was spent watching. And I'm not a binge watcher by nature. I just could not get enough.That said, if you're looking at season 5, you've seen the other 4, and there's about 0% chance you will NOT pick up the last season even if I gave it 0 stars. I'd challenge anyone to watch the first 4 seasons and have no interest in seeing how the series...
I'm sure I watched at least some of the series when it originally aired as I could remember bits and pieces of different episodes. My wife and I watched all 5 seasons during the last two months. We'd try and catch one or two episodes each night when we were free for TV watching. The first couple of seasons were outstanding. A cop friend from that area said the episodes were as close as you can get to the real thing. The street culture of the ghetto (if it is politically correct to use the term) was rather shocking to those of us who have led a sheltered life. Its easy to see why very few young people escape to a better life. The last 3 seasons were good. It was interesting to follow the various characters. Now too many of the residents made it alive to the end of the series. The value of life to these gangsters is shocking. It is easy to see why the carnage in Chicago is at the level it is this year. And in the end at the close of season 5 life on the street was the same as when the...
This show uses a lot of police jargon, street slang, and court room and does not explain it so you have to use context clues or look it up to completely understand. The 5th season started slow to me but then it got really good then it became amazing. This is a very well though out story and is a true work of art. You really need to pay attention to when they talk because things will happen off camera and will not make any sense if you do not remember what they were talking about earlier. The character development is very realistic and impressive. Some part were very boring to me, but as the show went on, I became more invested in the dialogue and the frequency at which I was bored decreased. The best part of this series in my opinion are the characters. You may grow to love and hate some of them. Even when you do not agree with them, you kind of hope things end up okay for them. If you like crime dramas in general, then this series is for you.
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