Interestment’s Top Four: Seasons of The Wire

Published: 28th Dec, 2008

For those who haven’t seen it, you might want to look away

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There is nothing more boring than hearing one of your mates twitter endlessly about how great a television show is. It’s a bit like listening to someone else’s dream. That said, if you haven’t seen it, watch The Wire, it really is as good as all of your pretentious friends tell you it is. So good that we’ve decided to rate each season from best to worst…

1. Season 4

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Four school buddies – Michael, Namond, Randy and Dukie – are easing into a life of crime. Bubbles is on top form, Prez is trying his luck as a teacher, and Lester is at his swaggering best. But above all that, Marlo Stanfield and his gang are in the process of making the Barksdale lads look like a bunch of namby-pamby ninnies. The best thirteen episodes of television ever.

Ending montage:

2. Season 3

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The one where it gets all political. This season features Omar at his absolute peak, and Stringer Bell struggling to morph into a business man. The second best twelve episodes of television ever.

Ending montage:

3. Season 1

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It takes a few episodes to really heat up, and the plot is often impossible to decipher, but all you need to know is that McNulty gets on everyone’s nerves, and Stringer Bell is the one to keep a close eye on. The best first series of any television show ever.

Ending montage:

4. Series 5

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With everything to wrap up, and the focus on the media, it lost a little bit of its grit in the final season. Still excellent though, and as endings go, it was pretty satisfactory. Although some may dispute that.

Ending montage:

BONUS

5. Series 2

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An absolutely essential series to go with the others, but as attentions switched from the corners to the docks and the Greeks, we started really yearning for more of the Barksdale boys. The best worst season ever.

Ending montage:

Josh Burt
About the author:
Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

5 Responses to Interestment’s Top Four: Seasons of The Wire

  1. Greg says:

    I agree with your number 1, though I would disagree – quite strongly in fact – that season 2 is at number 5. I think it rates above 3 because it’s so out of kilter with the whole series but done so, so well. It’s quite similar to season 4 except it’s not really continued except for a the greek and a bit of abuse shouted at Calcetti (is that spelt right?)

    Either way, I think this blog should now focus on the wire or ideally a real life version of it recorded on the streets of London. Cliched, maybe…but we’d all read it and it’s likely to make you millions

  2. Nick Mids says:

    seasons in best order,
    1,5,2,4,3 season one is awesome, and the winners of the best characters awards go to stringer bell, omar and lester.

  3. Mikey says:

    I’m hearing all the love for Omar. He is one stone faced gay killer, but let’s not forget The Bunk. And no one mentioned Clay Davis? Sheeee-it!

  4. debs says:

    1, 5, 4, 3, 2.
    No doubt.
    And you should do The Wire’s top five hangovers. Including the one where The Bunk nearly spews in Daniels’ bin during a meeting.

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