The Wire Is Dead... Long Live The Wire.


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SPOILER ALERT: The following post has major spoilers. Don't read if you're not caught up on The Wire.

The series finale of The Wire didn't leave us with much in the way of comfort. But, in the end, Bubbles was enough.

I love realism, and I love The Wire for its grit, for its bleakness, for its grim honesty — but after the deaths of Stringer, Prop Joe, and Omar, and the ruin of Dukie and Randy — my poor li'l heart wouldn't have been able to take it if there wasn't some redemption in Charm City.

To see the door open for Bubs — now Reginald — proved to me that there was balm in Baltimore, even if it was pure fantasy. I'm not going to lie to y'all though — there were moments in all five seasons when I wanted to bang my fists on a table and scream at David Simon and Ed Burns (despite their dual genius) for breaking my heart — and the hearts of the characters and the city I love.

If your passion for their creation rises to that level — you're in luck on this sad, Wire-less day — Simon and Burns will be here with us, at 3:00 EST, for you to commend, curse, or congratulate. Here's a little required reading for you in anticipation of the show. And if we let some spoilers fly? It's all in the game.



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I have always thought that The Wire was a great depiction of subcultures that exist in our world as American citizens. To me it reflects the true essence of our society and nothing has ever captured me the way The Wire does. I can't wait to see what the producers are thinking of next, although I think I'll be too busy re-watching episodes of The Wire.

Sent by Kimo (pronounced Key-mo) from Augusta, Georgia | 12:58 PM | 3-10-2008

I don't doubt that this is/was a great show (too cheap to get HBO or other premium channels), but honestly I can't help but wonder if NPR, and Terry Gross in particular, owns stock in HBO. It seems as if public radio has been mourning the demise of The Wire for the last year.

Sent by Brian | 1:44 PM | 3-10-2008

goodness god. thank you for having this show - anyone who saw last night is gonna be fiendin' for a Wire fix for a long time. what are we supposed to do now, read??

Sent by ao | 2:04 PM | 3-10-2008

The Wire had me with the first show of Season Two, the first one I saw. It showed Bodie driving a car with Prairie Home Companion in the background. I laughed so hard that I had tears.

Sent by Guido | 3:21 PM | 3-10-2008

If you're new to The Wire, watch Seasons 1-4. Season 5 is a huge disappointment. The first four seasons were art ... the fifth fell into melodrama and worse.

Sent by Todd | 4:12 PM | 3-10-2008

If you're new to The Wire, watch Seasons 1-4. Season 5 is a huge disappointment. The first four seasons were art ... the fifth fell into melodrama and worse.

Sent by Todd | 4:12 PM | 3-10-2008

R.I.P. Omar.

Sent by Corner Kid | 4:42 PM | 3-10-2008

One of the better shows (it's in the top 3 for me) of all time. I can't imagine there being better dialogue anywhere. Season 5 was very different from the others, but then again, they were all very different, but the things they had in common was the portrayal of breakdowns... society, government, people...

Brilliance is close, but it was more feeling, someone who cared did this show, the writers cared.

I will be following Ed Burns career for some time.

Sent by Adam | 7:32 PM | 3-10-2008

I love this show! I was wating to see how deep the Greeks were being protected by the FBI etc. Would have loved to see that story played out. Thank you for 5 amazing seasons of the Wire. Your story telling will be missed but not forgotten.

Sent by Chris | 7:27 AM | 3-11-2008

What a wonderful way to end the series. Right back where we started with only the names changing. People are still working those corners, people are still getting over in city hall and the state capital, po-lice still treading water, and the school system in in shambles. Thank you HBO and thank you Wire writers. As a middle school teacher in a public school I see that you get it. Thank you....

Sent by Trey | 1:50 PM | 3-11-2008

I loved The Wire too. The series showed a human side of those who are so often stereotyped on other crime dramas. It also accurately depricted the trouble institutes in large cities. And finally it was a hell of a story. Thank-you Mr. Simon and Mr. Burns.

Sent by Duane | 3:02 PM | 3-11-2008

I'm from Kingston, Jamaica now residing in the US & have been a Wire fan from the very first episode. I loved the drama of the show in Season 1 - 3 but started to feel the reality of the show in Season 4. The writers may not have realised this, but not only were they telling the stories of big city streets in the US but maybe around western culture cities around the world. If the name of Baltimore in The Wire was changed to Kingston, only the accents & slangs would have to change. Same corrupt officials, non story in the media & the senseless killings. Best series I've ever seen in my 40 years of living..... we will certainly miss it! Bravo NPR for giving us the stories behind the Story; The Best Series covered by the Best In Media!

Sent by Dave | 6:45 PM | 3-11-2008

I fell in love with the Wire the first episode that I watched. I guess it was interesting to see this type of life being lived out. I am very sad to find out that it has to come to an end. To Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, is there any chance of bring the Wire back for one more year, for those of us who just didn't get enough?

Sent by Daniel | 7:27 PM | 3-11-2008

Comming from the hood this series showed the world a very detailed picture of my personal life. Dont get me wrong I'm no thug, but this show was my reality from birth to age 22. Since then I've been able to make a good living for myself, and get into middle class America. But watching this show reminds me of a life that I onced lived and all the friends and family that I had to leave behind. So I'de like to thank you, for telling the world my story and many other.

Sent by Big Gist from Brooklyn | 1:45 AM | 3-12-2008