The Wire : Season 4

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 2, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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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

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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. 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 260
  1. Rachel
    Jan 15, 2007
    10
    Best show on tv, no question.
  2. DemetriusP
    Dec 10, 2006
    10
    By far, the BEST show on HBO! The Soprano's cannot hold a match to The Wire. The acting is 10x better, the plot is so...intense.... By far, the BEST show on HBO! The Soprano's cannot hold a match to The Wire. The acting is 10x better, the plot is so...intense.... It's a shame this show doesn't get the notice it deserves Expand
  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. MattN.
    May 28, 2007
    10
    Simply the greatest thing on televsion . Ever.
  5. AndrewG.
    Jul 29, 2008
    10
    Literally the best piece of entertainment I've ever experienced. The very first scene of the season, in particular, is beyond Literally the best piece of entertainment I've ever experienced. The very first scene of the season, in particular, is beyond incredible. The last scene of the second to last episode brought me to uncontrollable tears. Expand
  6. SteveM
    Nov 25, 2009
    10
    Without a doubt the best show ever made. Now everything I watch I can't enjoy because it will never be quite as good.
  7. lollol
    Feb 24, 2007
    0
    The acting is horrible.

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