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The Wire is the best show ever put on TV. The Shield is my #2 but for different reasons despite both being cop dramas. Shield is more intense. The gritty realism and emotional evokation of Wire is simply unmatched.

I didn't cry for Wallace. I almost did, but I didn't.

The most emotional moment of the show by a mile was the stunning and sad end of season 3. No spoilers here...but I thought it was pretty obvious that was the "cry for" moment you were talking about.

Season 1 was fantastic. After the first episode - much like Carnival - I said "Why would I watch this again?" It was okay but didn't hook me. I kept with it for a little, and by McNulty's 'front and follow' game with his boys I was completely sucked in. Season 2 I thought wasn't as good but still incredibly good overall.

Season 3 I felt at the time was the best season of television ever. The subject matter was simply amazing, and the emotional impact was terrific.

And quite simply it couldn't hold a candle to Season 4, which I didn't think was possible. I am firmly convinced that there has never been and will never be a better or more powerful season of television ever. The emotional involvement with the kids of Season 4 is incredibly deep, and I can't get over it. Such an incredible season of TV.

The show goes through major themes each season. Season 5, which starts Jan 6, will be the final season of the show. Tragic...

Season 1 - The inner workings of the drug trade in Baltimore.
Season 2 - The harbour, union's impact, and how the drug supply works.
Season 3 - The drug legalization question.
Season 4 - The education system, its failings, and how it allows the drug trade access to the kids.
Season 5 - The media.

They had discussed putting together a sixth season dealing with the recent influx of a large hispanic population. But the two writer/producers most responsible for the show (one is a former Baltimore cop, the other a former Baltimore Sun reporter) felt the research they would have to put into it would cause a greater than two year gap between seasons 5 and 6, and didn't want to do that.

And it's true that many of the former players in the drug and gang game play characters on the show. Snoop was a former gang-banger that spent time in juvie. The old Deacon was actually a gang banger who the ex-cop writer busted for murder years back.

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