One of the series that cannot be forgotten ever has to be The Wire. I am pretty sure that many of you are already aware of this highly acclaimed series which still happens to be very relevant and popular after so many years. There are very few examples of artwork in terms of films and series that have had such an impact or effect on the viewers. Undoubtedly The Wire comes on that list. The series with its amazing dissection of several issues and flows in society this year celebrated 20 years with all respect and love from everyone.
The Wire which first premiered in 2002 was an American crime TV drama series. It was written by David Simon who had been an author and a former police reporter. The series started with an idea to be broadcasted as a police drama that was based on the experiences of Simon’s writing partner, a former homicide detective and public-school teacher Ed Burns. The series consisted of a huge cast where everyone was highly talented and performed unforgettable roles making the series even more popular and impactful. It included Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Frankie Faison, Larry Gilliard Jr., Wood Harris, Deirdre Lovejoy, and Wendell Pierce. It also included Lance Reddick, Andre Royo, Sonja Sohn, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, Clarke Peters, Amy Ryan, Aidan Gillen, Jim True-Frost, Robert Wisdom, and many more commendable actors.
The series was produced in Baltimore, Maryland, and was set in the same place. It dealt with very important subjects of society, different institutions, and law enforcement. It talked about illegal drug business, port system, city government and bureaucracy, education, and media. The themes that were highlighted in the series were institutional dysfunction and surveillance. I do not have to mention as you already know that all the seasons of the series received great reviews and critical acclaim making the series even more popular because it is quite rare that all the critics like the show in the same way. The series because of its immense impact and performance received several awards and nominations including Emmy Award, NAACP Image Award, Television Critics Association Awards, and Writers Guild Awards. The series also became part of the syllabus in prestigious universities in the courses like Law, Sociology, and Film Studies.
Even though the epic series The Wire does not have any worst seasons really and even its worst season is actually way more amazing if considered to other series in the same genre then on the basis of the performance of the seasons compared to each other we have brought this ranking list from the worst to the best. The preferences might differ as the liking is absolutely subjective so your choices and ranking might differ and that is why before you start reading, we would like to say that this list is just our opinion and it might differ and we would love to know your opinions and preferences as well. Also, if you haven’t seen the series then let me warn you beforehand that you might get some spoilers as well, so read it at your own risk.
Now without spending any more time let’s get started with the article and find out which season is apparently the worst if compared to each other, even though we feel that the whole series is just amazing because they have spoken out about the real world and raw situations and scenarios that the other series have not put light into.
The Wire Season 5
The Wire Season 5 was based on media and the way media is consumed. The show through a fictional newspaper called The Baltimore Sun highlights issues that were headlines of major newspapers in reality. The whole season talks about the entire media and its reality like what is really told and what is not revealed and why that happens and why things are changed and why are things not changed and why this is not changing. It also talks about the eventual decrease in the number of reporters, and, the fight for profit and prizes is rising. It actually highlighted the real truth of the media house at the time and which is even relevant now.
The final season of the show compared to another season of the series was the weakest. Nothing was wrong with the season as such because this season as well had something very important and strong to talk about and teach which keeps the entire theme of the series intact. In fact, the season is absolutely rewarding and praiseworthy like other seasons because it didn’t fail to impress the viewers or in keeping them glued to their screens.
Be it the theme, performance of the cast, action, climax, or tragedies, everything was intact and tightly packed that can be claimed as satisfying. But where the season actually lacked that we had to bring it at the top of the worst list is simply the performance and massive weight that the other 4 seasons had which actually supersedes this season. The fictional newspaper that was included in the story couldn’t really connect emotionally with the viewers as much as the other seasons did. Season 5 was a little stretched.
The season ended the whole series beautifully, tied up all the knots that were left loose in other seasons and there was resolution as well and there were some amazing speeches that definitely hit directly and cannot be forgotten. It even talked about fake news, and its effects on society and ended the story in an intimate way. The series still was shadowed by other seasons but still, it ranks quite high if compared to the best season of other series in the same genre.
The Wire Season 2
Season 2 is based on the continuing plot of the drug problem and the effect it has on the urban poor. In this season, they dig into the predicament of the blue-collar working class of urban society who are called dockworkers in the city port. Many of them were caught in the smuggling of drugs in the containers of the ship that will be passing through the port.
This season comes in the second position in this list because the whole series is very loosely connected with the entire series. It was a big change too soon. The entire character list was changed, even though it cannot be denied that the cast performed extremely well. This also seemed out of position because it was going on with the previous plot and the sudden change was quite jarring. When the fans were already made to fall in love with season 1 and then the makers changed the entire plot and the audience had to adjust again to a new plot is something where things seemed off. But then as I said earlier the serial’s worst season is also far much better than the other series’ best seasons. The cast was not that bad but then some of them did not stand out as the cast of season 1.
In short, the series took a changing step too soon when the audience was still getting used to the series. The season took a little time to escalate but then once it took place, it successfully grabbed the attention of the audience. It took off just like any season of The Wire but it was time taking because of the sudden jump. The series took a risk by changing directions, but the risk worked for them but gradually.
The Wire Season 1
The Wire Season 1 starts with the story of introducing two important groups which included the Baltimore Police Department and the Barksdale family-run drug dealing organization. The series follows the investigation being done by the police on the family and their organization. The season witnesses a twist when a murder takes place and then the system is brought into question.
The series started with an extreme season which grabbed all the eyeballs very quickly because of the storyline and the performance of the actors. The series though had an extreme story was showcased in a simple way that kept a balance and also introduced the characters properly. The story might have become a conventional cop and thief story but it didn’t and stood out. The season, however, spends a lot of its time with the introduction of characters. This season is starting season was long but then it made a good impression which led the audience to become interested in the overall series and other seasons. Most of the season was spent on the investigation process that the police do and highlighted the rise of criminals because of the flaw in the system.
The series still stands in a good position being neither too good nor too bad because the season took time but eventually gained attention and was in the end understood by the audience successfully with the intent that the makers intended.
The Wire Season 3
Season 3 is the season that brings back the audience to the point with which the series started which is the Barksdale Organisation. The season included politics and the legalization of the illegal trade of drugs and prostitution that is in practice in the fictional place called Hamsterdam which has positive effects.
Season 3 is the second-best season of the series The Wire undoubtedly contributed to the success and popularity of the series. The season gripped the audience in a different way where the two worlds were shown running parallel to each other beautifully. This also managed to raise the bar after season 2 where the audience was a little stuck up to understand what really is happening. This season includes everything that makes a crime series completely packed like revenge, gun fights, betrayal, and a lot more. The season also brought the harsh reality to the forefront which makes up for the series’ popularity. It also shows the downfall of Barksdale that adds up to the drama. The Machiavellian take on the series just added an extra oomph to the season making the season even more satisfying.
Not to forget the performance in this important season was one of the important reasons to take the series to the position. The only idea that felt a little weird is the creation of free zones where dug can be used legally which is only possible in an ideal situation and not in reality. But then the series potentially put light on the fact that law is also to blame for the increase in crime and fall of humanity and society.
The Wire Season 4
Season 4 of the series is based on the system of the school and the race of the mayor. This season also includes the issue of drugs and the drug gang which actually controls most of the trafficking that takes place in western Baltimore. The season includes murder, and, disappearances.
The season undoubtedly is the best season of the series and on television. The season includes mind-bobbling high points, narrative, attention to the unique traits of the actors individually, and the effects of the crime on society. The rise of new power and the fact that one leaves the throne and the other takes it, in short, the throne is never empty. The ongoing war on drugs and the worsening situation in society. The crime does not even leave the institution that is apparently meant to be a place free of the crime and teach ethical values and morals. The series shows how the government and the community have failed to raise the youth of the society. It shows the real and raw scenario in a rustic which no other series has been able to do. The characters have played their roles so well that they have made the audience believe that maybe the students are really like this.
The more I say about season 4 the less I feel I have done justice in explaining, how good the season is. It shows every flaw and the ill effect on the education system that is destroying the young minds of the society as they indulge themselves in the drug trade for some money. The show’s main theme is prominently shown in this season in terms of institutional dysfunction which is rotting the society and the future of the society. The captivating element was the best in this. No matter how much time has been given to the rise of the new organization after the fall of one the series just attracted more people to watch the series because of the inclusion of the educational system and the flaws behind which yet again includes the institutions and crimes that are trying to rot everything even the existing educational system.
Where To Watch The Wire Online?
If you are reading this right now, that means you have stuck up with us till now and have finally reached the end of the article. Many of you might be there who after reading would like to see the series again or have got some interest to see the series. If yes, then let me tell you that you can get your hands on the series on OTT platforms like Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and, HBO.Com.
Let us know what you think of the ranking and what are your opinions on the season and how would you like to rank the series. This show has definitely been one of the shows that are still remembered and will be remembered for the time to come because of the amazing cast, storyline, and other allied things related to the series that helped the series to reach such a height. If you haven’t watched the series yet then do watch it and let us know through your comments how you feel about the highly praised and acclaimed crime, drama, and thriller series The Wire.