I’ve been watching The Wire over again with my partner, and I’m finding myself slipping into the old habits again of letting clips run on auto on Youtube. I love this show. Like many people, with full acknowledge of that eye-rolling trope, I think it’s one of the best TV shows of all time.
But I recently listened to a podcast about how shows like ‘The West Wing’ have warped left-wing ideology for the worse, and I look back on a lot of shows now and see some of the bad politics behind them and how they shape perception of today. I think the majority of the politics within the Wire are good. The ones at the forefront being a DEEP critique of the drug war and how policing around the drug trade has completely failed in the U.S. But I’m open to new perspectives.
People still put ‘The Wire’ up on a pedestal, me included, and I wanna see what people have to say critically about the show with the 10+ years of reflection we’ve given it.
So, what do you all think? I’m always willing to discuss The Wire, good and bad.