These are the kinds of questions being asked about The Wire, a crime drama series set in Baltimore and directed by David Simon. The series concludes its final season this year. Viewers find a variety of pleasures in the show but all agree that its appeal demonstrates the wisdom of acquiring the best writers you can get. Reviewers compare the experience to reading a good novel, so far does the series overwhelm the normal expectations one has of its medium.
Here's a roundup of sites and essays that explore the impact of The Wire.
Official site of the series.
The Wire is unmissable television
John Wilde offers ten reasons why.
The Wire's verbal originality is its art
Jonathan Jones examines the way the show's language creates its world.
Is this the best TV series ever made?
Professional crime writers consider the show's appeal.
Is Battlestar Galactica better than The Wire?
Richard Vine looks at another show reaching its last season.
The angriest man in television
How David Simon's frustration with The Baltimore Sun fuelled his creativity.
TV Club: The Wire Final Season
The Telegraph (UK)
BBC Two to show The Wire