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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.
swallow it whole
Jun 12, 2014
What Types of Shows Are Best for Binge-Watching?
Which shows are best consumed in single-episode servings, and which are perfect for a buffet?
cord-cutters unite
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.
big things are happening
Feb 13, 2014
Change Is Coming to HBO Very Soon
The next 12 to 18 months are going to be very interesting for HBO. Here's why.
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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.
Oct 10, 2013
This Is Cool: The Wire Poster Project
From one TV fan to another.
the seminal cop shows edition
Sep 06, 2013
This vs. That: The Shield or The Wire?
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.
Aug 16, 2013
Wire GIF bot
Some awesome guy cooked up a system that automatically makes Wire gifs and shares them on Tumblr. Let's hope he hooks up seasons 3, 4, and 5 as well. Via Geekosystem

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Jan 19, 2013
News Briefs: American Horror Story Season 3 Will Be Romantic
Plus: HBO and Spielberg head back to WWII, how many people watched Lance admit he's a dope?, and Homeland demotes a regular.
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The Dickensian Aspect
Mayor Clarence V. Royce
Russell "Stringer" Bell
City Editor Augustus "Gus" Haynes
Det. William "Bunk" Moreland
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.