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Stop Stalling and Watch The Wire

Didnt catch it when The Wire when it first aired, worried its too big a job, or werent even born yet? Here are more than a few reasons why you should give the landmark show a chance.

1. This is no ordinary cop show. You might find yourself cheering for a police commander and a crack dealer.

2. Youll get to learn a second language -- burners, G-packs and hand-to-hands will be second nature. (Subtitles are your friend!)

3. The show introduced Idris Elba to American audiences. Youre welcome.

4. In fact, Wire stars are everywhere now: Dominic West, Michael K. Williams, Michael B.Jordan and Game of Thrones Aiden Gillen, to name a few.

5. Its former President Obamas favorite series: One of the greatest -- not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades. He was so impressed, he met creator David Simon to talk about the war on drugs.

6. Its funny. In one iconic scene, two detectives investigate a crime scene and communicate only using a single word, with endless variations of meaning: F**k.

7. By the time its over, youll see how seemingly opposing forces -- cops, drug dealers, politicians, teachers -- are intimately connected, absolutely understandable, and endlessly fascinating.

 

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