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Sep 06, 2013
This vs. That: The Shield or The Wire?
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Welcome to the latest round of TV.com's "This vs. That," where we pit two things against one another and you vote on which one should win... in whatever context you choose.

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Jun 27, 2014
In Honor of The Leftovers: What Are TV's Most Depressing Shows?
With The Leftovers ready to send us into despair, we look at five other shows that are totally sad.
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Dec 21, 2013
News Briefs: Game of Thrones Is Heading to the Big Screen
Plus: Better Call Saul adds some familiar faces, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen are heading to The Simpsons, and House of Lies is adding Fred Armisen.
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Bad Medicine
Jan 11, 2013
American Horror Story: Asylum "Spilt Milk" Review: No More Trauma (PHOTO RECAP)
As Season 2 barrels to a close, this astonishingly filmed third-to-last episode tied up a surprising number of loose ends!
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Here vs. There
Oct 08, 2010
Which Fringe Universe Do You Prefer?
Thursday's "over there" episode made a strong case that things in the Red Universe might be more compelling than things in the Blue Universe.
Fourth season premieres to lower numbers, but HBO says yes to one more season.
Sep 13, 2006
HBO puts on Wire for final season

One episode into its fourth season, HBO's gritty cop drama The Wire has been picked up for a fifth and final round.

The pay cable network's decision was triggered by very strong reviews for the current season of the show, set in the drug-saturated streets of West Baltimore.

"I had no question in my mind about the quality of the show, but you never know," HBO Entertainment president Carolyn Strauss said of the uniform critical praise. "The show is extraordinary and breathtaking."

The number of episodes for season five, which will focus on the role of the mass media, is yet to be determined.

After depicting for four seasons "that part of urban America that has been left behind by the economy and by the greater society," the show's final chapter will ask why, Wire creator-executive producer David Simon ...

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Apr 24, 2014
News Briefs: Oh Snap, Netflix! Amazon and HBO Have Inked a Streaming Deal
Plus: J.K. Rowling is headed to HBO, Best Week Ever is dead again, the final two SNL hosts of the season, and Netflix orders its first Spanish-language series.
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Dec 17, 2010
Our Most-Anticipated Midseason Shows for 2011
Of all the new shows set to premiere in early 2011, here are the 12—yes, 12—we're looking forward to the most.
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Final season of critically lauded HBO show launching on January 6; prequel videos to detail characters' backstories.
Dec 05, 2007
Wire taps return date

There aren't many television shows that are almost universally on every television critics' "Best Of" lists each year, but HBO's The Wire is one of the few. Often called "the best show no one is watching," The Wire is making its fifth season its last.

HBO has announced that the final season of The Wire will kick off January 6 at 8 p.m. The show is a gritty crime drama set in Baltimore, but tells the story from both the viewpoints of the police force and the perpetrators. Season five will see a plotline involving the city's newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, which writer-creator David Simon worked for as a police reporter.

In preparation for the launch of season five, HBO has also created three Wire prequel shorts, offering insight into the ...

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Dec 01, 2011
I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Teens, They're the WORST
Fox's new sitcom is trying to be two shows at once, but it's really just one: an unfunny comedy.
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Mayor Clarence V. Royce
Russell "Stringer" Bell
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Police Comm. Ervin H. Burrell
In chronicling a multi-generational family business dealing illegal drugs and the efforts of the Baltimore police to curb their trade, this series draws parallels between these organizations and the men and women on either side of the battle.

The words of Gary W. Potter, Professor of Criminal Justice and Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, in writing about the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s, can also be used to illuminate some of the central premises of the show:

"There is precious little difference between those people who society designates as respectable and law abiding and those people society castigates as hoodlums and thugs. The world of corporate finance and corporate capital is as criminogenic and probably more criminogenic than any poverty-wracked slum neighborhood. The distinctions drawn between business, politics, and organized crime are at best artificial and in reality irrelevant. Rather than being dysfunctions, corporate crime, white-collar crime, organized crime, and political corruption are mainstays of American political-economic life."

Tim Goodman, the television critic for The San Francisco Chronicle, summed the show up perfectly when he wrote: "This show is precisely the reason you pay for HBO."

In New York's Newsday, Diane Werts says: "Most TV crime series aspire to John Grisham's level. 'The Wire' aspires to Dostoevsky's."

Season Themes

Season One centers around a family of drug dealers and the innerworkings of their empire. It also follows the detectives who are trying to catch the high members of the empire. Season Two steps away from the drug trade (while still mentioning characters from the previous season) to a case of dead prostitutes which turns into a look at the corruption surrounding the Port. Season Three investigates politics and finishes the main stories that were left open in season one. Season Four focuses on four middle school students and their journeys through the public school system and continues to address the politics of an inner-city and the issues of an election. Season Five is rumored to be about the media's role in Baltimore. Season Five will be the show's final season.

Theme Music

In the Season One opening credits, the Blind Boys of Alabama did Tom Waits's "Way Down in the Hole". The Season Two opening credits feature Waits's version of the song. According to creator David Simon, "It was our way of saying: This is the same show (song) but this year, the tale itself (singer, tonality) will be different." The Neville Brothers's version of the song opens Season Three. The theme which plays over the end credits was composed by the show's music supervisor, Blake Leyh.

International Airings

Australia -- Monday at 12:00 p.m. on Ch.9. Currently airing Season 3. New Zealand -- Wednesday at 11:40 p.m. on TV2, beginning December 15, 2004.

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