Downloaded the first season a while back and I saw the first three episodes or so and I loved them. An instant favorite. However, my computer went through some major hard disk trouble and all my files were erased and now I'm debating on whether or not I should download it again because I don't want to have any "unnecessary" space on my computer. I'm thinking I'll just shell in the cash for the whole series. It's worth it.
Try Megaupload or watchtvsitcoms.com. They stream episodes of The Wire which I've been watching there, for the same reason as I don't have much space on my computer. Sometimes the episodes get taken down, but they're always put back up again.
Curiosity Inc. wrote:
Anyway, I have to admit that I'm not terribly familiar with The Wire. You see, I'm a college student actively trying to avoid being hooked on too many TV shows for fear of cutting into what little free time I already have. So please, sell me on The Wire.
OK, here goes. I'll tell you about the what the show is about, but I'll try to go into as much detail as I can.
The Wire is set in some of the worst areas of Baltimore. It mostly involves the police efforts to try and combat the drug trade, but the show has a very broad scope, and focuses on a particular aspect of the city every season. Each season is less than 14 episodes long. Season 1 focuses on the drug trade and a task force that is brought together in order to set up wire taps (hence, "The Wire") and investigate one of the shows main crews, the Barksdales, who are involved in some way in each season. In Season 2, the story moves to the docks, tracking where the drugs come from, and the daily lives of the men who work as long shore men. Season 3 deals mostly with politics and police bureaucracy, and one lieutenants plan to keep the drug trade in order. Season 4 then moves to the schools, where we see the daily lives of the teenagers, most of whom eventually move on to work as drug dealers. And finally, Season 5, which deals with the Baltimore media.
So, basically, the show builds this huge picture of the city of Baltimore, all levels of the police, drug trade, and politics. Kind of like what the Dark Knight tried to do with Gotham, actually. It has a large cast of mostly black, mostly character actors. I'd say it has probably the strongest cast on television, as I can't think of a single wink link on the show. Which is very impressive, as the show features 20-30 characters, all fully realized and fleshed out.
One of the shows strengths is it's realism. Baltimore in The Wire is seen as a pretty bleak place, and nothing is sugar coated. Some characters go on to prosper, but most don't and the show never pulls any punches. It treats it's character with respect, and there are virtually no stereotypes. It's not as contrived as most cop shows (although it's more than just a cop show). If a character makes a mistake, it's not written as if it was put there just for the sake of plot, and there are always consequences.
Yet there's also a lot of genuinely funny moments, so the show is not always grim. In one scene, a detective plays the theme song from Shaft in his car, as him and his partner try to make a bust. In another scene, two characters must give the news to their significant others that they are returning back to the crime unit they each promised they would not go back to. Instead of showing us each conversation, we simple cut back and forth to each couple having dinner, both in silence, both ending with their significant others walking away from the table, both left alone. The way the scene was directed was terrific.
That's really all I can say about the show without this becoming a very long post (which it's becoming). I wont say it's the best show on television, but one could certainly make that claim and it would be hard to argue with them. But if that doesn't convince you to watch it, in Allan Moores own words, "possibly the most stunning piece of television, full stop".