Columnist Brian Lowry at Variety writes that the Wire is the one show on television that finally got the journalistic craft right. I’m not surprised at all, as the wire creator David Simon for many years was a crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun and I think the wires strength lies in it’s strive for authenticity.
Another fine example of this is all the slang in the show, which might at first deter a few people from watching, but once you get the hang of it makes it just so much more believable. Check out the following clip on the wire street talk.
In the words of actor Al Brown (Stanislaus Valcheck):
“I have never worked with a script that was in English that had a glossary”