The Wire

Director: David Simon

Released: 2002 – 2008

This tv show follows a department of police officers as they solve crimes in the crime addled city of Baltimore. The city is in complete disrepair, and it is their job to fix it. There is an incestuous attention to detail in each scene that gives the show an edge over its counter parts. The characters are also realistic and varied.  The writing is truly brilliant. From the drunken detective who barely makes ends meet in each case, to the lawyer who is hell-bent on becoming senator, each character is memorable long after you have finished watching the show. Simply put, one of the greatest crime dramas ever.

Recommend: The Sopranos, Breaking Bad

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