'The Wire'

Best: 'The Wire' says goodbye For five seasons, you were told that "The Wire" was the best show on TV you weren't watching. Perhaps you caught up with the series on DVD midway through its run or perhaps you shunned it -- too complex, too dark, too heavy. Either way, the series conclusion in March was reason to rejoice. For the fans, it was that rare accomplishment of a great series that was able to go out on its own terms without descending into self-parody. Officer McNulty looking out over the Baltimore skyline while the fates of the diverse cast were played out in montage was stirring, appropriate and a little sad in its unflinching reality. For the non-fans, the burden of guilt had been lifted. Finally, you could TiVo "Rock of Love" without shame.
Nicole Rivelli / HBO
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