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Stop Stalling and Watch The Wire

BY OLIVIA ARMSTRONG AND ROBERT SILVA

Didn’t catch The Wire when it first aired? Worried it’s too big a job? Weren’t even born yet? Here are more than a few reasons why you should give the landmark show a chance.

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    This is no ordinary cop show.

    You might find yourself cheering for a police commander and a crack dealer.

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    You’ll get to learn a second language.

    “Burners,” “G-packs” and “hand-to-hands” will be second nature. (Subtitles are your friend!)

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    The show introduced Idris Elba to American audiences.

    You’re welcome.

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    In fact, Wire stars are everywhere now.

    Dominic West, Michael K. Williams (Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of), Michael B.Jordan and Game of Thrones’ Aiden Gillen, to name a few.

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    It’s former President Obama’s favorite series.

    “One of the greatest — not just television shows — but pieces of art in the last couple of decades.” He was so impressed, he met creator David Simon to talk about the war on drugs.

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    It’s funny.

    In one iconic scene, two detectives investigate a crime scene and communicate only using a single word, with endless variations of meaning: “F**k.”

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    All pieces matter.

    By the time it’s over, you’ll see how seemingly opposing forces — cops, drug dealers, politicians, teachers — are intimately connected, absolutely understandable, and endlessly fascinating.

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