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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 2, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Universal acclaim- based on 665 Ratings

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  • Summary: One of the most heralded and unique dramas on television, David Simon's Baltimore-set crime show turns its focus on that city's public school system (and education in general) for its 13-episode fourth season.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. If you stick with it, you will be rewarded with some of the most compelling, provocative drama ever produced for television.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    100
    David Simon and his writers... aren't out to change the world; the slippery slope of civilization is already in place on The Wire and Simon is just out to document how each and every person survives. Or doesn't, as this season quite devastatingly proves.
  3. 100
    To me, what allows “The Wire” to surpass “The Sopranos” in the pantheon of greatest American TV shows is its ambition and its anger.
  4. 100
    One of the finest TV shows ever made.
  5. 100
    If you have only one hour a week for television, give it to "The Wire."
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    A critic for this paper once declared "The Wire" "the greatest dramatic series ever produced for television" and as the fourth season gets under way Sunday night, there's no reason to quibble with that assessment.
  7. It just might be the kids, the ones who grow up too soon in the hard world of "The Wire," who steal opening night.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 258
  1. jOHNM
    Jan 15, 2007
    10
    This show is REAL!
  2. DavidG
    Dec 9, 2006
    10
    Why not pile on to a good thing? A great thing actually -- the best work on television in the past decade, period.
  3. Oct 22, 2010
    10
    Season 4 of the Wire is the best season of any television series. Period. While the Wire has always been a great TV show, with moreSeason 4 of the Wire is the best season of any television series. Period. While the Wire has always been a great TV show, with more authenticity, in-depth writing, complex characters, superb acting and gripping storytelling in one episode than most shows produce over their entire span. The first three seasons are all amazing, and the storylines from the previous seasons continue to grow in the fourth season, but they cannot in any way prepare you for the sublime and heartbreaking new storyline following four youth, the school system, and the corner. I can't use enough superlatives to describe this season: Perfect! Riveting! Flawless! The apex of art, entertainment and social commentary on TV (and perhaps any medium)!!!!

    If you find the first few episodes disorienting, don't worry, it will all make sense â
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  4. BlahM.
    May 22, 2007
    10
    I watch pretty much every show on TV that's worth watching, and this is undeniably the best. As true-to-life as TV can get, with far I watch pretty much every show on TV that's worth watching, and this is undeniably the best. As true-to-life as TV can get, with far more reality than any "reality" show. Waiting for the fifth season to begin is torture, which will only get worse as I realize the hole The Wire will leave when it's gone. Expand
  5. RobK
    Jul 25, 2008
    10
    Greatest piece of television history.
  6. AidenL
    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    The finest show, and season, ever made. Nothing is as accurate, entertaining, intelligent, and true to the American city and institutions. The finest show, and season, ever made. Nothing is as accurate, entertaining, intelligent, and true to the American city and institutions. The Wire is most certainly a heart breaker - but my understanding of society is so strengthened that I could never advice one not to see this... Expand
  7. lollol
    Feb 24, 2007
    0
    The acting is horrible.

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