12.03.2006

David Simon is a god, but that's old news

If you've been hiding under a rock, let me remind you that David Simon is the guy who created The Wire, which is, hands down, the best thing I've ever seen on television. I pay particular attention to what he talks about on the DVD special features.

Here's an interview with him in Slate.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark,
I can honestly say that I have never seen the Wire. Or really had any intentions of it. I have heard people discuss it, but I'm sure I'd find it offensive. I may check it out, but it's probably not gonna be my cup of tea.

Ryan Field said...

I know The Wire must be good because so many RAVE about it. I've tried watching it On Demand many times, but I can't get through the first twenty minutes.
I'll try it again one night, and maybe it will be one of those things I change my mind about "at least once a year".

Anonymous said...

Before he made excellent television, David Simon also wrote a great book - "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets" - in which he chronicles the year he spent with Baltimore homicide detectives. The book is also a primer for both The Wire and the television series based on it, Homicide. If you're not sure whether to watch The Wire, read Homicide. If you like it, you'll love The Wire.

J. Montville

Anonymous said...

I started watching 'The Wire' on Miss Snark's recommendation. Like most HBO shows, it takes an episode or three to get into it... but once you're hooked, you're hooked.

Don't have HBO, so I'm impatiently waiting for Season 4 to hurry up and end already, so it will come out on DVD.

For the record, Season 2 is my favorite so far.

And let's not neglect the contribution of Ed Burns, David Simon's writing partner (and a former Baltimore cop and school teacher)...

Ryan Field said...

As a follow-up...I actually watched a new episode last night. Once I got into the characters the hour went fast. It makes you re-think the Nicholas Sparks approach.

Naf said...

Bottom line: If you love a good story, not just the ending, but the journey, you'll love The Wire.