I just finished watching season 1 of “The Wire.’ I heard a lot of good things about the show, but did not see it during its run on HBO. It was very entertaining and I highly recommend it.
The show seems very much influenced by the “Godfather” saga. The show’s producer, David Simon, reveals a world where there is an interlocking relationship between drug dealers, the police, and public officials, just as Francis Ford Coppola does with the mafia and established institutions in the ““Godfather.” The Barksdale family, the primary villains in the first season, seems very similar to the Corleone family. Though the first season premiered in 2002, Simon seems to have been an early critic of the war on terror, criticizing federal officials for moving resources away from traditional crimes and toward the prevention of terrorism.