The Frontal Cortex

Watch The Wire

Bill Simmons is right:

I’d put Season 1 of “The Wire” against anything. The first three seasons of “The Sopranos.” Seasons 1 or 2 of “24.” The first seasons of “NYPD Blue,” “ER” or “Miami Vice.” You name it. I have never seen a show like it. Season 2 wasn’t as good (if Season 1 was an A-plus-plus-plus, then Season 2 was a B-plus), and we’re just about to dive into Season 3, so I don’t have an opinion on that yet. Everyone seems to agree that they outdid themselves with Season 4 and that it’s a legitimate masterpiece. Just know that you can absolutely start watching Season 4 without having seen the other three seasons. It’s not an ideal way to break into the show, but you can do it.

And if you like the HBO show, then you’ll love this


  1. #1 Ick of the East
    September 4, 2006

    Well, that’s good. I just watched my first episode (from season one) yesterday.

    Have you seen “The Sheild”? I’d rank that ahead of the others you mentioned as well.

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