How to watch 'The Wire'
Just about every hip kitten I know is mewing about an HBO show called 'The Wire.' It's the literature of TV, they say, "written by novelists and everything."
If you're like me and a little slow on the draw--last night was the premiere of the fifth and final season--you might do well to read this helpful little guide to bring you up to speed.
Each season tackles a different component of American corruption and decline, and this year's theme is journalism. Incidentally, I have to wonder why they stopped at five seasons with so many possible themes to draw from, but that's neither here, nor is it there.
‘The Wire’ 101
Only now are many people realizing what the faithful have known all along — “The Wire” is worth every minute of the huge effort it demands. Miss an episode, or even part of one, and you miss something. If you’re thinking of diving in now, be forewarned that not every scene will make sense, so it might help to have a fan watching with you who can give 20-minute answers to questions like, “What’s with the Russian dude?” That said, you can enjoy this fifth and final season if you know something about a few key characters. (Also, know that if “The Wire” were a movie, it would earn a strong “R” rating for violence., adult situations and almost nonstop profanity.)