The Wire is an American television drama set and produced in
Baltimore, Maryland. Created by writer/producer and former police
reporter David Simon, the series is broadcast by the
premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on
June 2, 2002, with 50 episodes airing over the course of its first
four seasons. HBO has ordered a fifth season, which Simon has said
will be the show's last. The plot of the first season centers on the
ongoing struggles between police units and drug-dealing gangs on the
west side of the city, and is told from both points of view.
Subsequent seasons have focused on other facets of the city. The large
cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for
their other roles. The Wire has received critical acclaim for its
realistic portrayal of urban life and uncommonly deep exploration of
sociological themes, and has been called the best show on television
by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, the Chicago Tribune, the
San Francisco Chronicle, and the Philadelphia Daily News. Despite the
positive reviews, the show has failed to draw a large audience.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
HMS Resolution set sail from Plymouth, England, under the command of
Captain James Cook.
Jean-Paul Marat, a leader in the French Revolution, was murdered in
his bathtub by Charlotte Corday.
Three days of rioting began in New York City by opponents of new
laws passed by the United States Congress to draft men to fight in the
ongoing American Civil War.
The major powers in Europe redrew the map of the Balkans in the
Treaty of Berlin.
Live Aid benefit concerts, organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to
raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia, were held at Wembley
Stadium in London and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
umbrage: A feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something
Wikiquote of the day:
Changes in the structure of society are not brought about solely by
massive engines of doctrine. The first flash of insight which
persuades human beings to change their basic assumptions is usually
contained in a few phrases. -- Kenneth Clark