Did I mention The Wire yet?
I just finished season 4 of THE WIRE. If you are not watching this show then you are missing out. My brother-in-law turned us on to this and we have been watching as fast as we can get our hands on a new season. The 5th and final season has just started so we we are caught up.
The writers on this show get it SO right. It is so compelling. The characters are so full. The good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys...it just crosses back and forth. It is such a commentary on society and the dysfunction of the system. Each season takes you through another piece of the dysfunction and they all connect. It's quite an education. A really smart and brilliant show. I'm not good at this so just trust me and watch it.
(Sornie, this is for you.) I took this from the HBO link for the show which I have above. Here is just part of what they have on the "About the show" page.
The first season of 'The Wire' (2002) concentrated on the often-futile efforts of police to infiltrate a West Baltimore drug ring headed by Avon Barksdale and his lieutenant, Stringer Bell. In Seasons Two and Three, as the Barksdale investigation escalated, new storylines involving pressures on the working class and the city's political leadership were introduced. Season Four focused on the stories of several young boys in the public school system, struggling with problems at home and the lure of the corner - set against the rise of a new drug empire in West Baltimore and a new Mayor in City Hall.
The fifth and final season of 'The Wire' centers on the media's role in addressing - or failing to address - the fundamental political, economic and social realities depicted over the course of the series, while also resolving storylines of the numerous characters woven throughout the narrative arc of the show.
Explains series creator David Simon, "It made sense to finish 'The Wire' with this reflection on the state of the media, as all the other attendant problems of the American city depicted in the previous four seasons will not be solved until the depth and range of those problems is first acknowledged. And that won't happen without an intelligent, aggressive and well-funded press."