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The Wire Sets Itself Apart From Other Police Procedurals With 1 Clever Detail
2024/04/10

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HBO's The Wire may not be the most well-known crime drama, but it stands out from other shows in one crucial way. Despite being praised more now than during its original run from 2002 to 2008, The Wire remains one of the best HBO shows due to its complex characters, dark atmosphere, and exceptional storylines. What sets it apart is how it handles heavy themes like corruption and underfunded schools without being judgmental or insincere.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is its approach to police brutality.

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Unlike other HBO shows known for their violence, The Wire portrays the police rarely, if ever, discharging their guns on camera. This deliberate choice contrasts with the criminals who frequently use firearms. It highlights the police's lack of preparedness and their reliance on unscrupulous methods to maintain order.

Roland "Prez" Pryzbylewski, a character in the show, perfectly represents the flaws in the legal system. In a tragic turn of events, Prez accidentally kills a fellow officer, exposing the incompetence within law enforcement. The fallout from this incident further emphasizes the show's exploration of real-life issues.

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Overall, The Wire's decision not to show the police using their firearms brilliantly illustrates the differences in problem-solving approaches between the police and criminals. It also exposes the flaws within law enforcement and speaks to the need for order despite its imperfections. This unique perspective, combined with its well-written storylines, cements The Wire as one of the greatest shows ever made.

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