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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.

  1. 1

    This is no ordinary cop show.

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

  2. 2

    You?ll get to learn a second language.

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

  3. 3

    The show introduced Idris Elba to American audiences.

    You?re welcome.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.?

  7. 7

    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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