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The Wire - TV Series
Transcript of The Wire - TV Series
Cast & Characters
"The Wire has tackled the drug war in this country as it simultaneously explores race, poverty and 'the death of the American working class,' the failure of political systems to help the people they serve, and the tyranny of lost hope. Few series in the history of television have explored the plight of inner-city African Americans and none—not one—has done it as well."
Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicles
Genre: Crime Drama
Format: Serial Drama
Written by: David Simon, Ed Burns
Country of origin: United States
No. of seasons: 5
No. of episodes 60
Original Channel: HBO
General plot is about good guys catching bad guys but its only the tip of the iceberg because each season of The Wire introduces a different facet of the city of Baltimore
"The show is really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed."
Simon has identified the organizations featured in the show—the Baltimore Police Department, City Hall, the Baltimore public school system, the Barksdale drug trafficking operation, The Baltimore Sun, and the stevedores' union—as comparable institutions. All are dysfunctional in some way, and the characters are typically betrayed by the institutions that they accept in their lives.
Central to the structure and plot of the show is the use of electronic surveillance and wiretap technologies by the police—hence the title The Wire
"The show's creators are willing to kill off major characters, so that viewers cannot assume that a given character will survive simply because of a starring role or popularity among fans."