One of television’s most critically acclaimed programs, the Peabody Award-winning drama series The Wire challenged viewers with a “cop show” unlike anything on air for five seasons. The Wire, an HBO drama, aired from 2002 to 2008 and depicted a dystrophic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform and a media culture oblivious to all of the above.
Each season of The Wire focused on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they were: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.
Created by David Simon, a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun for twelve years, the series is loosely based on his experience as a journalist covering inner-city Baltimore crime.
The show was nominated for two Primetime Emmys, one BAFTA Award, one Directors Guild of America Award and three Writers Guild of America Awards, including one win. The Wire was called the best show on television by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, the Chicago Tribune, Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Daily News and The Guardian.