Aroview: Tough, patient HBO TV policier (from David Simon, creator of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREETS) follows the Baltimore drug scene from both the police and criminal perspectives.
Using an impressive cast of relative unknowns, balanced by some impressive directors and writers (including novelist Richard Price), this manages to depict the squalid shades of moral greyness for all involved with considerable veracity, whether dealing with street-level violence or high-flying political machinations.
Season 1 tracks the local detectives' season-long effort to bring down a particularly clever drug-lord played by Wood Harris.
Average rating (Exceptional). Showing 1-2 of 2 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) The Wire (all series) really is as good as everyone says. I haven't seen much on TV that assumes so axiomatically that the person watching has a brain. Not exactly as "realist" as it's cracked up to be, but disbelief is rarely so easy to suspend.~fudaizhi
5 stars (Exceptional) The show moves forward slowly on a broad front but accumulates an overwhelming power. The sheer scope is incredible - so many characters (of such complexity), so many storylines. Worthy of close attention, and second to none.~HiFi
Disc 1 - "The Target", "The Detail", "The Buys"
Disc 2 - "Old Cases", "The Pager"
Disc 3 - "The Wire", "One Arrest", "Lessons"
Disc 4 - "Game Day", "The Cost", "The Hunt"
Disc 5 - "Cleaning Up", "Sentencing"