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Got A Wife and Kids in Baltimore, Jack

Dear David Simon: I’ve asked you once and I’ll ask again: Will you marry me?  I finished Season Five tonight. Apart from the fact that I’m still not exactly sure who Marlo Stanfield was, that was the best ride since the Soaps. The Wire, for all its violence, is incredibly character driven. I’m going to miss the gang, the look, the tone, the pacing, the story telling. And the dialogue! Great fucking dialogue: And I quote, “You’re a cunt hair away from an indictment.”

What should I binge-watch next?

17 Responses

  1. Seems like Treme would be the natural follow up.

  2. Agree with MG since David Simon has his hands on that too.

    My husband and I are excited that FARGO(FX/Season 2/Oct 2) and THE KNICK (Cinemax/Season 2/Oct 16) were renewed. I love both of those shows, and hope they hold up to their first seasons.

  3. 3rd nom for Treme!!!! Which I watched BEFORE ever watching The Wire…. fabulous everything + NOLA Music!!!

  4. You’re right, Betsy—it’s hard to beat The Wire. My sons recommended Game of Thrones for years. I dismissed it: not a “fantasy” guy. Finally, I gave it a shot. Outstanding. Great writing. Great characters. Great storytelling.

    And ONE more: Deadwood. YOU would love this. Shakespearean Western. I still miss it.

    Clyde Spencer Miami, OK

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  5. 2nd nom for Deadwood! For those of us who have never forgiven HBO for canceling the last season, there are rumors of a movie “in the works.”

  6. Narco – I stopped whining about the subtitles within 5 minutes and was sucked right in to 80s Columbia

    Bloodline – if only to watch Ben Mendelsohn who is alternately heart breaking and terrifying

    The Missing with the magnificent James Nesbitt.

    Or how about Wolf Hall?

    The list goes on. There’s so much great TV these days.

  7. Thanks for the rec’s. I need to watch more TV.

  8. The movie Wetlands. It’s disgusting and gross — I liked it. But it’s only a couple of hours long, so I don’t think it qualifies as a binge. I guess it says something about modern society and if you ever wondered what happens when you insult the pizza guy, the streams of love are tenderly choreographed.

  9. Don’t miss Ray Donovan. Addicting!

  10. Like David Simon? Check out Treme, another addicting series which I’ve watched twice, bingeing both time.s

  11. If you can get it, the original Australian version of RAKE, starring Richard Roxburgh as Cleaver Greene.

    NOT the US-made watered down copy, which stars Greg Kinnear as Keegan Deane.

    The original is a fucking masterpiece, the US copy is … well, it’s an insipid insult, really.

  12. RAY DONOVAN

    DEADWOOD

  13. Treme, Ray Donavan, and True Detective, seasons one and two, dark as a moonless month.

  14. *Nothing* will be as good as The Wire. But I’ve really liked Orange is the New Black … different, but the tone, concept, characters are incredibly compelling. Something very new.

  15. Yes, Ray Donovan. Six Feet Under if you missed it back when. Master of Sex. Luther! (Idris Elba.)

    But if you love The Wire, under no circumstances watch The Affair. Dominick West and Ruth Wilson (also of Luther) are a bloody waste.

  16. Is it too ridiculous to imagine it possible you’ve not yet binged on Breaking Bad? Of course you have! But if not…as a lover of stories in which every single plotline comes to fruition…you must.

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