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Caught up in The Wire

The gangster series "The Sopranos," which recently ended, has been described as the greatest television show ever. But the police procedural "The Wire," also made by HBO, is even better.

By Erik Tarloff   July 2007

The Wire (FX Channel; seasons 1-3, Warner Home Video)

I’m not much of a television viewer these days. My wife, on the other hand, is in the habit of switching on the box in the evening. Although her tastes definitely lean towards light entertainment, they also include police procedurals, and so I’ve acquired a glancing familiarity with the genre. My wife herself doesn’t so much watch these shows as let them wash over her while she goes about her nightly business. For me, however, television is just too intrusive to ignore in that way.

Over the past couple of years,…

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