"The Wire" Diaries: Things fall apart
WALT JABSCO, FLICKR
I'm sad to report that I'm giving up on "The Wire" for a variety of reasons. Well, technically only one: I never truly liked watching the show.
I respect "The Wire's" place in American television. I laud its efforts in bringing diversity, sexuality and perspective to the genre. And I admire the complexity of its characters, plots and themes. However, just because a show is critically beloved and executed well does not necessarily mean everyone will enjoy watching it.
I appreciated "The Wire." But nothing captured my attention or piqued my curiosity to continue watching. I didn't hate it. I just couldn't get into it. And I'm not finishing it right now.
When I watched "True Blood," it was all I could think about. I was obsessed. I couldn't watch anything else. Same with "True Detective" before it, and "Dexter" before that. One show at a time! I never became obsessed with "The Wire." Case in point:
Here are some of the shows I thought about starting while watching "The Wire:"
"Six Feet Under"
"Luther" (this one is related by Idris Elba, so that's okay.)
"Game of Thrones"
When people ask me what I'm watching, I usually say the show I am working through, start to finish, first. This is the easiest answer, since listing all of the shows with which I currently keep up would take too long.
Person Who Actually Wants to Know About my Viewing Habits Instead of Being Talked at About Them/Bombarded by Them via Twitter: "Hey Erin, what TV show are you watching now?"
Me: "The Wire, I'm blogging about it for The Scene," I would say. However, my answer wasn't entirely true. Here are some of the other shows I actually watched while claiming to be under the category of "watching "The Wire:"
"Once Upon a Time" (three FULL seasons)
“Arrow” (see above)
“The Office” (handful of episodes)
An episode of “Downton Abbey”
“The Newsroom” (RIP)
"Family Guy" (this is what I throw on when I give up on continuing my current show or don't want to start anything new. “Family Guy” puts me to sleep instantly.)
Do I feel slightly defeated? Yes. Do I feel that I'm missing something, since I couldn't finish "The Wire?" Yes. Do I feel like I should have my TV Viewer Card revoked? 100%, yes. But I'm glad to be walking away from "The Wire" right now. Hopefully, I'll come back to it. I think I could finish it someday. I still feel attached to McNulty and Omar, and I'm glad I spent time with Rhonda and Prez and Kima. But I think for right now, it's time to focus my TV watching energy elsewhere, into any of these blog ideas I came up with while blogging about "The Wire:"
Falling for "The Fall"
A Study in Olivias (all about Olivia Dunham, Benson and Pope)
One Tree Huh? Watching an Early-00s teen Drama in 2015
Redux: An “X-Files” Retrospective
Welcome to the CW, B****! Watching Only The CW for One Straight Week
At the end of the day, I can confidently say I've seen "The Wire." I'll judge you when you say you haven't.
“The Wire” is streaming in full on HBOGO.
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