I am on Season 5, episode 4 of The Wire, just six more episodes to go, and I'm dreading the end. I'm dreading it because I know there's no way this show has a happy ending, something that usually doesn't bother me in a story but somehow hurts this time. I'm dreading it because every time I finish a super captivating story, one that's gotten a vice grip around my brain and heart, there's a crash when it's over. And I'm dreading it because I'm pretty sure that, at least as of now, there's not a better show out there to fill the gap. (Yes, I've already watched Breaking Bad).
From Wikipedia: "Each season of The Wire introduces a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media...Despite only receiving average ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of social and political themes."
The difference between The Wire and other television dramas is it's not just a great story, it's not just great acting. You see things you don't want to see. You learn something about the world, its institutions and hierarchies and the injustices they create. It changes you. It's not easy to follow, it's not easy to watch. Neither is life. If you haven't seen it yet, please do yourself a favor and remedy that, because you're seriously missing out.