The Wire: Get. On. Board.
For a year or so, it only appeared on overseas blogs and newspapers. In the last year there has been the occasional article in Australian papers. Last week Ross Stevenson was talking about it on the radio: "Burnso," he announced to his on-air partner at 5:37 am, "get The Wire." The word is starting to spread.
Today there is a review in the Green Guide. But come on: comparing The Wire to Underbelly is like comparing Ripping Yarns to The Body in Question, Herman's Head to Q&A, The Biggest Loser to Crusty Demons Beyond the Apocalypse, or Hugh Jackman to a singer.
The Wire is incomparable... no matter how many times I compare it. I mean, it is better than Packed To The Rafters:
An obscure US crime drama, The Wire, goes beyond TV to become a must-watch DVD experience, writes Greg Hassall.
FORGET Underbelly, the most-talked-about show at the moment is The Wire, an obscure US crime drama that wrapped up production more than two years ago. Some people finished it long ago but can't stop proselytising, others are at various points through the show's five seasons. The one thing they have in common is that they didn't watch it on TV — certainly not on Channel Nine, where it aired sporadically over the years in the dead of night; not even on pay TV, where the first four seasons have aired. No, The Wire is a DVD show, pure and simple.
In the opinion of many, this writer included, The Wire is the best television show ever made. Dense and complex, brutally realistic but rich in allegory and symbolism, it demands and rewards a level of engagement that other shows don't.