The greatest dynasty in pop culture lives on HBO, where The Wire just completed its fourth undefeated season. A fifth and final attempt at perfection is in the works.
I started to compose a treatise about what makes The Wire not just the most ambitious show on television, but the single greatest achievement in American pop culture. Five paragraphs in it felt like dancing about architecture. So I'll go with this:
- My man Chuck Muncie emailed me this after the kick-to-the-gut season finale: "I want to evangelize for this show. It's like Blue Note 1958-1960."
- Patton Oswalt sez: "It’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen on television to a big, thick, compelling novel, the kind you can’t stop reading... The Wire is one of the few times you’ll watch TV and not feel like the people making TV think you’re a fucking idiot."
- America's best TV critic called this season "the highwater mark of American television." At least.
The DVDs are out there. Warning: After watching a few episodes, all other television shows, movies, and even novels will feel childish. And you might feel depressed about the long off-season until The Wire returns for a fifth championship march.