History YMMV / TheWire

11th May '16 6:36:31 PM damus2300
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* FandomRivalry: ''The Wire'' nowadays gets comparisons to ''Series/BreakingBad''.
9th May '16 10:19:21 PM LokIago
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** As per the title of the show, wire-tapping and other methods of electronic surveillance factor heavily into the methods of the BPD. While the show already lends moral ambiguity to many of its characters and their actions, many of the attempts and victories managed by the CID are much more troublesome to post-Snowden American viewers.
29th Apr '16 8:52:24 PM Berrenta
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* ItGetsBetter: Newcomers will be likely overwhelmed by the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters staggering number of characters]] and the [[InfoDump molasses slow exposition]] that unfolds during the first season. The exact point when new viewers' opinion of the show crosses over from "above-average cop drama" to "GREATEST SHOW EVAH!!!" varies - from a few episodes to the ''entire'' first season.


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* SlowPacedBeginning: Newcomers will be likely overwhelmed by the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters staggering number of characters]] and the [[InfoDump molasses slow exposition]] that unfolds during the first season. The exact point when new viewers' opinion of the show crosses over from "above-average cop drama" to "GREATEST SHOW EVAH!!!" varies - from a few episodes to the ''entire'' first season.
2nd Apr '16 11:19:02 PM GrammarNavi
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*** McCarthy went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making it even more hilarious.

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*** McCarthy [=McCarthy=] went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making it even more hilarious.
5th Mar '16 3:04:04 PM pineyfusion
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*** McCarthy went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making it even more hilarious.
7th Feb '16 9:04:15 AM Freshmeat
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* MagnumOpus: A quite popular choice for ''the single greatest television series ever made''. Alan Sepinwall has remarked that when people tell him they're about to watch it for the first time, it's in a tone more suited to a religious awakening because its reputation is just that intimidating. It's such a ToughActToFollow that every other single work made by Creator/DavidSimon can't really stand the comparison despite their unquestionable quality and authorial uniqueness.
23rd Dec '15 1:19:07 AM TrollBrutal
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** This was Idris Elba's first major role.

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** This was Idris Elba's first major role. Near the end of his stint, David Simon had to reassure a struggling Idris that he would find good acting jobs again.
23rd Dec '15 1:14:31 AM TrollBrutal
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* RetroactiveRecognition:

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* RetroactiveRecognition: OneSceneWonder: The 1968 mayor, "white Tony", who, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjzqO6UOPFQ the parable of the bowls of shit]], graphically describes governing as eating shit from one community or another, time and again.
21st Dec '15 8:53:20 AM Pren
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* RewatchBonus: Practically mandatory, as you can appreciate just how well put together the show is far more when you're not spending the first couple episodes of every single season drowning in new characters. This is a major factor in the show's above-mentioned AwardSnub.
10th Dec '15 12:44:02 AM TrollBrutal
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