The season 4 school kids
The high-rise crew from Season 1
My favorite television show is the ultra-realistic and oft times depressing The Wire. Set in Charm City a/k/a Baltimore, Maryland the show first caught my eye when Detective McNulty had his sons chasing/tailing Avon Barksdale at a market in the city. Never has a show haunted me and made me cry as much as this show- the season 4 story arc following 4 youths as they enter middle school and their divergent paths is touching ,endearing and gut wrenching. On the other hand- the dry wit and the cutting dialogue mixed with the grittiness and the fully fleshed out characters that felt as real as my next door neighbor. I just finished re-watching all 5 seasons on DVD. I knew the last season would be a little off kilter and it sucks seeing the demise or slow downturn of papers like the Baltimore Sun, but even so - the cast and the writing are better than anything I have seen before or since.
The Wire still manages to capture the imagination of the public and has spawned 2 funny parodies this year
One a hilarious musical featuring some original cast members from Funny or Die- Click to watch
Or check out the Lego Version