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SpiderSilva
9/14/12 6:51:31PM
5 episodes in 4 1\2 seasons to go.
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Budgellism
9/14/12 7:08:53PM
Are you hooked already? I've only heard good things about this show but I've never actually sat down and watched it.
Chael_Sonnen
9/14/12 7:16:39PM
I rank it as low as any HBO series to date.

Incredibly overrated and boring...."interwebber geeks" say it's cool so everyone else jumps on board....didn't see what all the fuss was about.

INSTEAD, HBO hit it on the head with.....

The Sopranos
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Treme
cowcatcher
9/14/12 7:16:53PM

Posted by Budgellism

Are you hooked already? I've only heard good things about this show but I've never actually sat down and watched it.



We're in the same boat Budge.
Budgellism
9/14/12 7:19:19PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen

I rank it as low as any HBO series to date.

Incredibly overrated and boring...."interwebber geeks say it's cool so everyone else jumps on board....didn't see what all the fuss was about.

INSTEAD, HBO hit it on the head with.....

The Sopranos
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Treme



Never heard of Treme but I can't argue with the other shows. All great.
Chael_Sonnen
9/14/12 7:21:49PM

Posted by Budgellism


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

I rank it as low as any HBO series to date.

Incredibly overrated and boring...."interwebber geeks say it's cool so everyone else jumps on board....didn't see what all the fuss was about.

INSTEAD, HBO hit it on the head with.....

The Sopranos
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Treme



Never heard of Treme but I can't argue with the other shows. All great.



Don't get me wrong, I love a good-slow intelligent adult drama, BUT, this show didn't make yours truly get engaged......oh well, to each his/her own.

Michael Kenneth-Williams is an excellent actor though
SpiderSilva
9/14/12 7:22:26PM
I think its pretty good so far. I'm hooked and plan on watching every episode. Only thing is its dated. i.e. type writers/pay phones/pagers.

That was expected as I grew up(a teenager) during this time and enjoy the time frame.



@Charlie_Sonnen great shows except I didn't like boardwalk empire at all.
Aether
9/14/12 8:33:47PM
They address the reason they have typewriters. It's because the city has a ludicrous crime rate, and the police don't have enough money or manpower to do anything about it.

Considering the series was made by a reporter who covered the drug crimes in baltimore and a guy who was a detective for 20 years in Baltimore, I would be surprised if that wasn't actually completely accurate.
warglory
9/14/12 8:38:41PM

Posted by SpiderSilva

I think its pretty good so far. I'm hooked and plan on watching every episode. Only thing is its dated. i.e. type writers/pay phones/pagers.

That was expected as I grew up(a teenager) during this time and enjoy the time frame.



@Charlie_Sonnen great shows except I didn't like boardwalk empire at all.



Aether explains the type writers, and the pagers/pay phones are done in order to stay off home land lines and cell phones. I'm glad you like the show, but I hope you're not watching the show thinking it takes place in like, 1995 or something.

Everything in the show is completely logical to a fault. It's amazing.
Aether
9/14/12 8:48:06PM
A lot of the actors were also actually involved in the baltimore drug trade. They use a lot of people from Baltimore and actual retired criminals, real slang, etc.

It's an incredibly realistic show, and IMO it's the best TV drama of all time.
postman
9/14/12 9:46:25PM
I have a cousin that lives in Glen Burnie and they talk just like them. They say "The Boy" all the time. Its top 3 fav show of mine and I did it like you last winter I watched it all in like one month
Wallass
9/14/12 10:22:38PM
Chael is accurate here, this shows way overrated. I may be wrong but man oh man is that first episode slow and trerrible. I'm sure the shows great and my buddies swear by it but I've started it three times and can't finish through the first episode. Watch Sons of Anarchy, Dexter or Breaking Bad instead.
Aether
9/14/12 11:26:41PM

Posted by Wallass

Chael is accurate here, this shows way overrated. I may be wrong but man oh man is that first episode slow and trerrible. I'm sure the shows great and my buddies swear by it but I've started it three times and can't finish through the first episode. Watch Sons of Anarchy, Dexter or Breaking Bad instead.



Do I need to point out how ridiculous it is to say that a show is overrated when you haven't even watched one entire episode?
BossHog
9/15/12 12:13:02AM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by Budgellism


Posted by Chael_Sonnen

I rank it as low as any HBO series to date.

Incredibly overrated and boring...."interwebber geeks say it's cool so everyone else jumps on board....didn't see what all the fuss was about.

INSTEAD, HBO hit it on the head with.....

The Sopranos
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones
Treme



Never heard of Treme but I can't argue with the other shows. All great.



Don't get me wrong, I love a good-slow intelligent adult drama, BUT, this show didn't make yours truly get engaged......oh well, to each his/her own.

Michael Kenneth-Williams is an excellent actor though



Chael may be able to appreciate my favorite quote from the wire better than most of us.

"You come at the king, you best not miss." (even with a spinning elbow)



Born and bred in Baltimore so I may be a little biased, but it's top 5 shows I've ever seen. Also based on Shakespeare not many people know this.
postman
9/15/12 8:47:33AM

Posted by Aether


Posted by Wallass

Chael is accurate here, this shows way overrated. I may be wrong but man oh man is that first episode slow and trerrible. I'm sure the shows great and my buddies swear by it but I've started it three times and can't finish through the first episode. Watch Sons of Anarchy, Dexter or Breaking Bad instead.



Do I need to point out how ridiculous it is to say that a show is overrated when you haven't even watched one entire episode?



Thats what I'm saying. Hell I watched the entire first season of Espisodes thinking it was dumb until the last episode of season one I started to like it.
sparky
9/15/12 11:18:17AM
EPIC show

Gay or not Omar is a G
FlashyG
9/15/12 12:59:16PM

Posted by Wallass

Chael is accurate here, this shows way overrated. I may be wrong but man oh man is that first episode slow and trerrible. I'm sure the shows great and my buddies swear by it but I've started it three times and can't finish through the first episode. Watch Sons of Anarchy, Dexter or Breaking Bad instead.



The Wire in my opinion is unquestionably the greatest TV show ever made.

This is a valid complaint though. It is unlike any other shows in that it doesn't use cliffhangers or music/sound to keep viewers engaged. You have to actually pay attention to get anything out of it. There isn't any music in the show at all other than season ending montages or in rare cases where there is a radio/cd player in the scene.

I fell asleep during the 1st episode twice before I finally got through it and it wasn't until the end of the 4th episode that I was addicted.

Breaking Bad is much faster paced, but it sacrifices realism in order to provide its most entertaining scenes. It also has such an entrenched main cast that most of those tension building scenes are predicable as there is no way any of the main cast will be killed other than possibly in finales. The Wire had no main character and you got the feeling that nobody was safe from "the game" in Baltimore.
Gogoplatapus
9/15/12 2:23:06PM
It's not the greatest but it's pretty damn good.

Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad are the all time greats. Mad Men is tough for some people to grasp, it's not as 'in your face' as the others but it's spectacular.

Oz and the Wire are really good, but if I had to choose I could live without them.

Treme and Boardwalk Empire are just OK, not spectacular but pretty good.

Sons of Anarchy is borderline, but I still dig it.

Dexter is the worst show mentioned in this thread. Unwatchable and corny.
Gogoplatapus
9/15/12 2:31:11PM
The Kickback

I always loved this scene. Just the way these two interact, like they're from different planets.
Chael_Sonnen
9/15/12 3:41:56PM

Posted by FlashyG


Posted by Wallass

Chael is accurate here, this shows way overrated. I may be wrong but man oh man is that first episode slow and trerrible. I'm sure the shows great and my buddies swear by it but I've started it three times and can't finish through the first episode. Watch Sons of Anarchy, Dexter or Breaking Bad instead.



The Wire in my opinion is unquestionably the greatest TV show ever made.

This is a valid complaint though. It is unlike any other shows in that it doesn't use cliffhangers or music/sound to keep viewers engaged. You have to actually pay attention to get anything out of it. There isn't any music in the show at all other than season ending montages or in rare cases where there is a radio/cd player in the scene.

I fell asleep during the 1st episode twice before I finally got through it and it wasn't until the end of the 4th episode that I was addicted.

Breaking Bad is much faster paced, but it sacrifices realism in order to provide its most entertaining scenes. It also has such an entrenched main cast that most of those tension building scenes are predicable as there is no way any of the main cast will be killed other than possibly in finales. The Wire had no main character and you got the feeling that nobody was safe from "the game" in Baltimore.



If I wanted realism I would watch COPS.....I don't want much realism in my tv entertainment - - that's why Breaking Bad & American Horror Story and Game of Thrones is so damn excellent....Game of Thrones has dragons in it dammit...and I surprisngly love it.

The Wire may be real but damn, I would rather get kneed illegally in the upper torso for 60 minutes instead.

Dominic West is a fine actor though
FlashyG
9/15/12 4:38:57PM

Posted by Chael_Sonnen


Posted by FlashyG


Posted by Wallass

Chael is accurate here, this shows way overrated. I may be wrong but man oh man is that first episode slow and trerrible. I'm sure the shows great and my buddies swear by it but I've started it three times and can't finish through the first episode. Watch Sons of Anarchy, Dexter or Breaking Bad instead.



The Wire in my opinion is unquestionably the greatest TV show ever made.

This is a valid complaint though. It is unlike any other shows in that it doesn't use cliffhangers or music/sound to keep viewers engaged. You have to actually pay attention to get anything out of it. There isn't any music in the show at all other than season ending montages or in rare cases where there is a radio/cd player in the scene.

I fell asleep during the 1st episode twice before I finally got through it and it wasn't until the end of the 4th episode that I was addicted.

Breaking Bad is much faster paced, but it sacrifices realism in order to provide its most entertaining scenes. It also has such an entrenched main cast that most of those tension building scenes are predicable as there is no way any of the main cast will be killed other than possibly in finales. The Wire had no main character and you got the feeling that nobody was safe from "the game" in Baltimore.



If I wanted realism I would watch COPS.....I don't want much realism in my tv entertainment - - that's why Breaking Bad & American Horror Story and Game of Thrones is so damn excellent....Game of Thrones has dragons in it dammit...and I surprisngly love it.

The Wire may be real but damn, I would rather get kneed illegally in the upper torso for 60 minutes instead.

Dominic West is a fine actor though



Breaking Bad is a great show but to me its like comparing a comic book to an epic novel. The novel will always be better in my opinion

Everyone's opinions and tastes are different though. I don't expect everyone to love the show like I do, but I do think its silly for someone to put a show down that they haven't actually watched.....
Chael_Sonnen
9/15/12 5:23:40PM


Season 4 (The Wire) was the best in terms of entertainment and story value.
Shawn91111
9/15/12 5:34:53PM

Posted by Gogoplatapus

It's not the greatest but it's pretty damn good.

Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad are the all time greats. Mad Men is tough for some people to grasp, it's not as 'in your face' as the others but it's spectacular.

Oz and the Wire are really good, but if I had to choose I could live without them.

Treme and Boardwalk Empire are just OK, not spectacular but pretty good.

Sons of Anarchy is borderline, but I still dig it.

Dexter is the worst show mentioned in this thread. Unwatchable and corn



Out of your mind. First 4 seasons are right up there with Breaking Bad, Sopranos and OZ
warglory
9/15/12 8:13:13PM
For those in doubt about the validity of The Wire being the best show on television, take a look at this opening scene. Absolutely classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3T_2RTDcVo
postman
9/15/12 10:02:17PM

Posted by sparky

EPIC show

Gay or not Omar is a G



I played Black Ops for about a month with only a shotgun so I could be like Omar......True story
40ouncetofreedom
9/16/12 5:43:01PM
Second highest rated show on IMDB.By far my favorite tv show ever.
george112
9/16/12 6:41:24PM
Never have given this show a chance.

However I didn't much care for the sopranos if it's anything like that then I think I'll pass.


The walking dead. Breaking Bad. The office. Are good enough for me
Shawn91111
9/16/12 7:50:58PM

Posted by iwannabesedated

Second highest rated show on IMDB.By far my favorite tv show ever.




Seinfeld is 21st in rating on IMDB, no way.
40ouncetofreedom
9/17/12 10:54:38PM

Posted by Shawn91111


Posted by iwannabesedated

Second highest rated show on IMDB.By far my favorite tv show ever.




Seinfeld is 21st in rating on IMDB, no way.



Seinfeld sucks..IMO.That's a show i never could watch.
Adrenaline
9/18/12 12:16:08AM

Posted by warglory

For those in doubt about the validity of The Wire being the best show on television, take a look at this opening scene. Absolutely classic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3T_2RTDcVo




I've never seen the show and this scene did nothing to convince me that I am missing something
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