…because last night I watched the series finale of The Wire.
Is it the greatest television show of all time? Quite possibly. The ambivalence one feels about virtually every character is surely a hallmark of the show. But the masterful way in which frustration is expressed about the major institutions in our country — the judicial system, public education, politics and government, and the media — is really what sets The Wire apart. I cannot think of another show that comes close to the comprehensive way in which that’s been done. In fact, I can only think of a few novels that have pulled that off.
Well, and the fact that there weren’t many characters left alive at the end.
(I know, I know. Now I should start Mad Men.)