The best TV show ever?
Although I hardly watch TV for any significant amount of time these days(I'm discovering Citizen TV's local shows more of late though) I haven't completely given up on the "idiot box." I mostly flip through channels to see if there's anything remotely interesting. If it isn't Tahidi High(btw,OJ was LOL this week "wacha mpango wa kando") or maybe some interesting personality on Jeff Koinange's "Capital Talk(or The Bench)" its TV off for me. So if I hardly watch any Kenyan TV, you know I am not watching that American stuff. Heroes..huh? Lost..what??..ati 24?? Maybe I'm missing out, but I am just hardly interested in watching any of it.
That's not to say there isn't some really great TV out there, and yes this TV show is American. I don't know if it has ever aired on Kenyan TV, but if you haven't checked it out you're missing on some really first rate television. The show is called The Wire and it first aired in the U.S in 2002, and run for five seasons until 2008(I felt lost when it ended). The Wire is a TV show created by former police reporter David Simon, and takes place on the urban streets of Baltimore, Maryland. It follows the interactions between the police, locals, drug dealers, port workers and everyone in between in this gritty city, and when I say gritty, I mean just that.
This show is just raw through and through and is definitely not for the faint of heart. The main star of the show is Dominic West who plays Baltimore cop Jimmy McNulty, and there are other standouts like drug dealers(and personal fav) Omar and Stringer Bell(Idris Elba) and Senator Clay Davis. The thing about this show is that it is as i mentioned raw, gritty, and yes explicit...but most of all, it's just real(and may I add refreshing?)
I'll be real here, you will not be watching this show with your folks! You will probably ask, should a Christian watch this show? Well I'll leave that up to you to decide, but the way I see it the realness, first-class writing and just boldness of this show are something to be seen. Just because something is "ugly" doesn't mean it isn't real/happening and doesn't have any redeeming value, but that's a debate for another day. (I may catch flak for praising this show, but again its up to the viewer to decide, but its definitely not for kids)
There have been other great TV shows in the past like The Sopranos, early X-Files episodes etc etc(I haven't watched akina Lost,Heroes so no opinion). But in my opinion The Wire is the best TV show I have ever watched, bar none. The crazy thing is that the Emmy's totally snubbed it I guess because of its blackness/urbaness? In any case I say let the fans decide, and the fact that its the only TV show box-set Ive ever purchased says I vote it no.1.
The Wire...the best TV show you have(probably) never watched.