History YMMV / TheWire

4th Feb '17 12:50:21 AM erforce
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** We finally get to see Avon and Wallace together in the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' spin-off film ''Creed''.

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** We finally get to see Avon and Wallace together in the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' spin-off film ''Creed''.''Film/{{Creed}}''.
30th Nov '16 4:05:17 PM TrollBrutal
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** Scott Templeton, the reporter of ''The Baltimore Sun'' who finds success through falsifying flashy stories, is played by Thomas [=McCarthy=], who would go on to direct the movie ''Spotlight'', which was about the dedicated reporters of the ''Boston Globe'' who cracked open the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts.
*** [=McCarthy=] went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making it even more hilarious.

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** Scott Templeton, the reporter of ''The Baltimore Sun'' who finds success through falsifying flashy stories, is played by Thomas [=McCarthy=], who would go on to direct the movie ''Spotlight'', ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'', which was about the dedicated reporters of the ''Boston Globe'' who cracked open the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Massachusetts.
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Massachusetts. [=McCarthy=] went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making it even more hilarious.
13th Nov '16 9:46:23 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorsPet: Gus Haynes, an obvious stand-in for David Simon whose IncorruptiblePurePureness sticks out like a sore thumb.

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* CreatorsPet: Gus Haynes, an obvious stand-in for David Simon Creator/DavidSimon whose IncorruptiblePurePureness sticks out like a sore thumb.



* HarsherInHindsight: We get a lot of looks into the culture of the Baltimore P.D., including some of its more violent tendencies--and then, early in Carcetti's tenure as Mayor, there's an incident where the police culture is brought into question after a minister gets the wrong end of it and the suggestion that a civilian review board be established be brought up and politicking between the State's Attorney and police about what to do. Fast forward to 2015: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Freddie_Gray death of Freddie Gray]] brings that selfsame culture of the BPD to national attention, and the result is protests across Baltimore City (and even Baltimore County) and riots in West Baltimore; proposals for stronger civilian review of police brutality; the State's Attorney filing charges of ''murder''[[note]]Charges that are, under the common-law definition of murder applied by Maryland, ''entirely justified''[[/note]] against one of the cops responsible and serious manslaughter charges against the rest; and the federal Department of Justice starting a "pattern and practice" inquiry into the BPD ''at the Mayor's request''. Oh, and Martin O'Malley (of whom Carcetti is generally seen as being something of a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version)--he was running for President on the left wing of the Democratic Party at the time. The incident drew attention to O'Malley's role in creating the BPD's culture during his tenure as Mayor (particularly his acceptance of the systems that encouraged stats-juking), shifting him from being a long-shot candidate to no-shot.

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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We get a lot of looks into the culture of the Baltimore P.D., including some of its more violent tendencies--and then, early in Carcetti's tenure as Mayor, there's an incident where the police culture is brought into question after a minister gets the wrong end of it and the suggestion that a civilian review board be established be brought up and politicking between the State's Attorney and police about what to do. Fast forward to 2015: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Freddie_Gray death of Freddie Gray]] brings that selfsame culture of the BPD to national attention, and the result is protests across Baltimore City (and even Baltimore County) and riots in West Baltimore; proposals for stronger civilian review of police brutality; the State's Attorney filing charges of ''murder''[[note]]Charges that are, under the common-law definition of murder applied by Maryland, ''entirely justified''[[/note]] against one of the cops responsible and serious manslaughter charges against the rest; and the federal Department of Justice starting a "pattern and practice" inquiry into the BPD ''at the Mayor's request''. Oh, and Martin O'Malley (of whom Carcetti is generally seen as being something of a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version)--he was running for President on the left wing of the Democratic Party at the time. The incident drew attention to O'Malley's role in creating the BPD's culture during his tenure as Mayor (particularly his acceptance of the systems that encouraged stats-juking), shifting him from being a long-shot candidate to no-shot.



** In the creator's commentary, David Simon mentions how hard Idris Elba took his character getting killed off and says that he had to assure Elba that he was talented enough get other roles. Elba has since become the most successful alumni of the show.

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** In the creator's commentary, David Simon Creator/DavidSimon mentions how hard Idris Elba Creator/IdrisElba took his character getting killed off and says that he had to assure Elba that he was talented enough get other roles. Elba has since become the most successful alumni of the show.



* OffendingTheCreatorsOwn: Simon, who is Jewish himself, caught a lot of flak for creating such a stereotypically villainous Jewish character as Maurice Levy.

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* OffendingTheCreatorsOwn: Simon, Creator/DavidSimon, who is Jewish himself, caught a lot of flak for creating such a stereotypically villainous Jewish character as Maurice Levy.
7th Oct '16 4:01:52 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Michael B. Jordan has become easily the most successful of the show's younger actors, making it pretty fun to see him so young here.
** 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.

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** Michael B. Jordan Creator/MichaelBJordan has become easily the most successful of the show's younger actors, making it pretty fun to see him so young here.
** This was Idris Elba's Creator/IdrisElba'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.again.
** After the huge success of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Tommy Carcetti is probably better known to people as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.
** Likewise, Lance Reddick may be better known to people not as Cedric Daniels, but as [[Series/{{Fringe}} Philip Broyles]].
26th Sep '16 5:07:39 PM habby
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** Season two's focus on the Southeast Baltimore docks and the Sobotka family. A number of fans praise it for its unconventional focus on the decline of a profession while also giving an introduction to an overlooked profession, while other viewers dislike it because it takes attention away from the West Baltimore drug trade that the rest of the series revolves around.

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** Season two's focus on the Southeast Baltimore docks and the Sobotka family. A number of fans praise it for its unconventional focus on the intricacies and decline of a profession while also giving an introduction to an overlooked profession, while other viewers dislike it because it takes attention away from the West Baltimore drug trade that the rest of the series revolves around.
25th Sep '16 4:36:15 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** [=McNulty=]'s [[spoiler:Jamison's fueled season five gambit, which he realizes is unbelievably stupid when he finally explains it out loud]].
** Lex effectively signs his own death warrant when he shoots Fruit. This is actually {{Lampshaded}} with Bodie telling Lex that since Fruit is Stanfields man, he should really let his beef with Fruit go.

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** [=McNulty=]'s [[spoiler:Jamison's fueled fuelled season five gambit, which he realizes is unbelievably stupid when he finally explains it out loud]].
** Lex effectively signs his own death warrant when he shoots Fruit. This is actually {{Lampshaded}} with Bodie telling Lex that since Fruit is Stanfields Stanfield's man, he should really let his beef with Fruit go.
2nd Aug '16 11:24:20 AM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* CommitmentAnxiety: One of the reasons why the show wasn't more successful.

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* CommitmentAnxiety: One of the reasons why the show wasn't more successful. The show can be downright intimidating to newcomers, as the deliberate pacing, ruthlessly bleak tone, absolute rejection of AcceptableBreaksFromReality and {{Expospeak}}, and a level of ShownTheirWork that demands some knowledge on the fields covered, all seem purpose-built to drive off anyone not willing to meet the show on its level.



** Prop. Joe, Avon and Stringer are highly competent, have more than a fair share of instrospective and quotable dialogue and benefit from superb and naturalistic acting, which turns them into magnetic characters without harming the realism, as they don't rely on over-the-top exploits, just their deep personality.

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** Prop. Joe, Avon and Stringer are highly competent, have more than a fair share of instrospective introspective and quotable dialogue and benefit from superb and naturalistic acting, which turns them into magnetic characters without harming the realism, as they don't rely on over-the-top exploits, just their deep personality.



* HypeBacklash: Inevitable, given the praise heaped upon it ranges from "Greatest Television Show Ever" to "The Great American Novel", thanks to its many literary aspects. Indeed, the deliberate pacing, ruthlessly bleak tone, absolute rejection of AcceptableBreaksFromReality and {{Expospeak}}, and a level of ShownTheirWork that demands some knowledge on the fields covered, all seem purpose-built to drive off anyone not willing to meet the show on its level.

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* HypeBacklash: Inevitable, given that it is regularly called the praise heaped upon it ranges from "Greatest Television Show Ever" Ever", with some going so far as to "The Great call it the modern "Great American Novel", thanks to its many literary aspects. Indeed, the deliberate pacing, ruthlessly bleak tone, absolute rejection of AcceptableBreaksFromReality and {{Expospeak}}, and a level of ShownTheirWork that demands some knowledge on the fields covered, all seem purpose-built to drive off anyone not willing to meet the show on its level.
1st Aug '16 10:20:44 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* HypeBacklash: Inevitable, given the praise heaped upon it ranges from "Greatest Television Show Ever" to "The Great American Novel of Our Time". Indeed, the deliberate pacing, ruthlessly bleak tone, absolute rejection of AcceptableBreaksFromReality and {{Expospeak}}, and a level of ShownTheirWork that demands some knowledge on the fields covered, all seem purpose-built to drive off anyone not dedicated or in tune with the show.

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* HypeBacklash: Inevitable, given the praise heaped upon it ranges from "Greatest Television Show Ever" to "The Great American Novel of Our Time". Novel", thanks to its many literary aspects. Indeed, the deliberate pacing, ruthlessly bleak tone, absolute rejection of AcceptableBreaksFromReality and {{Expospeak}}, and a level of ShownTheirWork that demands some knowledge on the fields covered, all seem purpose-built to drive off anyone not dedicated or in tune with willing to meet the show.show on its level.
1st Aug '16 6:45:30 PM BaronVonFistcrunch
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* HypeBacklash: Inevitable given its extensive praise as '"The greatest show ever" and the fact that it most definitely is not for everyone

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* HypeBacklash: Inevitable Inevitable, given its extensive the praise as '"The greatest show ever" heaped upon it ranges from "Greatest Television Show Ever" to "The Great American Novel of Our Time". Indeed, the deliberate pacing, ruthlessly bleak tone, absolute rejection of AcceptableBreaksFromReality and the fact {{Expospeak}}, and a level of ShownTheirWork that it most definitely is demands some knowledge on the fields covered, all seem purpose-built to drive off anyone not for everyonededicated or in tune with the show.
11th May '16 6:36:31 PM damus2300
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* FandomRivalry: ''The Wire'' nowadays gets comparisons to ''Series/BreakingBad''.
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