Recently, I finished watching the 5th and last season of my favorite show of all time, The Wire. For those who aren't familiar with the show, it's a cop show that not only follows the cops but with each season, explores a different institution of the city of Baltimore, Maryland such as the drug trade (Season 1), the ports (Season 2), politics (season 3), the school system (season 4), and finally the media ( season 5).
To merely categorize this as a cop show would be doing it a great disservice as it really takes a deeper look at the socio-political problems that all major cities face today. Each institution is thoroughly examined with each season to the point where even the lowest criminal, dock worker, police officer, student, etc. leap off the screen with great sincerity and heartfelt realism. Yes, they do all this and still make the story lines REALLY entertaining too. This is truly a show to be watched, re-watched and learned from.
Here's a Spoiler Free trailer for the show:
And one for Season 5!