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Features

Thursday, February 3 2011

HBO or TV: Or How 'The Wire' Is Not a Novel

Although many fans, critics, and scholars have compared some television series to novels -- though perhaps none more than HBO's The Wire -- Cynthia C. Scott challenges the analogy


Tuesday, September 7 2010

'The Wire' As American Noir

The Wire’s intentional difficulty and rigor -- along with academia’s ongoing love affair with cultural studies -- might very well explain its emerging as a centerpiece in a growing number of courses at many colleges and universities in the United States.


Tuesday, January 19 2010

Fast Train to Nowhere: Watching 'The Wire' Aesthetically

Every scene, no matter how seemingly throwaway, no matter how seemingly unimportant, contributes to a larger vision, a complex set of patterns and narratives. Which is why The Wire is both totally fascinating and utterly unrealistic.


Monday, January 12 2009

Off the Radar - The Top 30 DVDs of 2008

Oddly enough, while the major studios continue scratching their heads over how to sell yet another new format (Blu-ray) to disinterested consumers, several outside distributors made sure that this would be a digital year to remember.


Sunday, August 24 2008

Women and 'The Wire'

Why the most intelligent show on TV, a compelling exploration of the circumstances and institutional pressures that make people who they are, gets an "F" in Gender Studies.


Columns

Thursday, May 3 2012

In Defense Of ... David Simon and the Legacy of 'The Wire'

In light of David Simon's recent comments to The New York Times on its intent to 'stir actual shit', we revisit how important The Wire should be to both popular culture and American society.


Tuesday, October 4 2011

Beyond Jodie Dallas: TV's 10 Most Important LGBT Characters

Several "best" or "favorite" LGBT TV character lists have popped up in recent years, but they don't always include the most important LGBT characters. So, we pay tribute to the ten(ish) most significant LGBT characters in US television history.


Monday, June 20 2011

Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in 'The Wire' and 'Oliver Twist'

The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.


Reviews

Wednesday, July 30 2014

Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in 'The Wire'

On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.


Thursday, August 14 2008

The Wire: The Complete Fifth Season

The dense mythology, painstakingly created over five novelistic seasons, has enough drama packed inside to be easily spun out for the next five, ten, 15 years.


Saturday, January 26 2008

The Wire

In David Simon's indictment of American capitalism, numbers -- say, crime stats and school test scores -- no longer have an epistemic value, they don't refer to any external reality.


Sunday, December 9 2007

The Wire: The Complete Fourth Season

The 4th season DVD shows why The Wire is the best show on TV.


Tuesday, September 19 2006

The Wire

This is the consequence of America's broken systems: a young boy staring into the darkness, wondering what else his future might bring.


Blogs

Wednesday, June 6 2012

All the Pieces Matter: Ranking the Seasons of 'The Wire'

Four years after its conclusion, The Wire continues to top best-of lists across internet sites and print magazines alike. And with each season's unique story arc, each viewer is likely to have favorites. Here is but one humble fan's take on each season of one of the greatest feats in television's history.


Thursday, March 8 2012

Oh, Indeed: ‘The Wire’ and False Choices

Grantland’s ‘Smacketology’ bracket for determining the ‘greatest character’ from The Wire is an exercise in futility; nevertheless, it begs the question(s): What makes a character great, and how can there be only one?


Monday, July 19 2010

New Jurisdiction: How Will the Dark, Brooding 'Luther' Fare Stateside?

Airing on BBC America later in the year, the BBC's recent dark crime series, Luther, deserves to do as well stateside as it's doing here in the UK.


Tuesday, June 22 2010

"Toy Wire" Mashup Trailer for the Greatest Concept That Never Was

Toy Story 3 proved itself to be both a critical and box office smash this past weekend, breaking records as Pixar Studios' highest-grossing opening weekend and


Thursday, February 11 2010

The Wire - Five Seasons in Five Minutes (video)

The Wire routinely made our TV top 10 lists year after year while it was on the air and it's one of the shows we most


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