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I know it's been mentioned before (thanks G4), but this series really is a bit special, so much so that it deserves it's own thread.

I only started watching it a few week back, and already I'm getting towards the end. This is very possibly the most amazingly compulsive, undeniably high-quality TV series I have ever seen. Did I say addictive? I'm just watched episodes 6 and 7 from series 5 more or less back, and it's a very fair bet that I'll be watching episode 8 in a little while. Which only leaves another couple of episodes, and I'll have seen the lot ... sadly I've got to sleep sometimes (and I've got to be out tomorrow, for a checkup), so I'll leave those til tomorrow.

The Wire: If you haven't started watching ti yet .. START NOW.

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what is really great is as you watch the fifth season, the second really snaps into place in your mind... although just as great, it was almost like a spin off, detached from the other seasons, and then you realise (well, maybe you already had) the sheer scope of the programme.

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not seen it whats it about???

Set in Baltimore, The Wire of the title refers to wire taps; it's about Baltimore police, drug dealers, drug smugglers, bent politicians, crooked lawyers, etc and how they interact. I actually stayed up last night and watched the rest of series 5, including the 90 minute series finale (episode 10).

This summary of the first series barely scratches the surface:

Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians

What can I say? Stunning, absolutely stunning. More info here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0306414/

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