The Wire: Season 1 Reviews

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March 28, 2020
...it's a drama that gradually teaches you how to watch it, in the same way a great novel lets you know how to read it.
October 22, 2019
Because the ensemble cast is so huge, it's initially difficult to keep track of who is who, but the show is slowly, deftly defining characters and in the process showing that what separates the good guys from the bad guys is not so distinct.
October 22, 2019
The Wire's first season is methodical and deliberate to an almost perverse degree. Like the Avon Barksdale investigation, it's built piece-by-piece.
October 21, 2019
The Wire is well written and powerfully performed, but it is also infused with a contagious hopelessness.
October 21, 2019
This smart, profound series becomes increasingly engrossing -- it's Homicide and NYPD Blue taken to a darker, more complicated level.
October 21, 2019
The series is beautifully detailed, rich in humour, and filled with full, rounded characters.
October 18, 2019
This police show rather boldly seeks drama in dullness. That's not to suggest that the show is boring but this is a series that's all about the fine print, finding its most emotional moments in depicting the battles of bureaucrats.
March 5, 2019
Stick with The Wire, at any rate, and you'll get a series that not only is the best on HBO, but also the channel's most lifelike.
November 5, 2018
A drama with a depth and complexity which few novels, never mind TV series, have achieved.
November 5, 2018
Baltimore is not just a stand-in for Western civilization or globalized urban rot or the American inner city now given the cold federal shoulder in the folly-filled war on terror, though it is certainly all these things. Baltimore is also just itself...
June 13, 2018
The Wire is far more than the inner-city crime-and-punishment drama HBO initially sold it as.
May 22, 2018
Season one is powerful because it affords those in the projects the same level of humanity as it does the police, if not more. And while it fashions a compelling crime story, it does so while acknowledging the strictures of red tape.
May 22, 2018
The most important contribution this narrative gave to the entirety of the series comes in how the drug organizations and the Baltimore police department are more alike than one might think.
May 22, 2018
The best crime show out there, deserving of any and all hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 23, 2018
From the get-go, Simon and Burns proved they had made a show unlike any other.
April 23, 2018
To really appreciate The Wire, you have to watch an entire season. Unlike most shows, The Wire isn't concerned with serving up cliff hangers to make you tune in next week. A season of The Wire is like a good book.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
February 7, 2018
With each passing week, "The Wire" blossomed, quietly becoming one of the smartest, most engrossing series on television.
February 1, 2018
Brutal and absorbing anthropology.
January 31, 2018
Despite solid acting and several interesting twists and turns, viewers may be understandably reluctant to return each week to the scene of these ugly crimes.
October 18, 2017
The writing is impeccably sharp and measured, letting its secrets slowly unfold without sensation or histrionics, and is delivered with worn-down chagrin by a cast of largely unfamiliar faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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