For five seasons, “The Wire” chronicled the lives of cops, drug dealers, politicians, teachers, kids in the slums, and the citizens of Baltimore to paint in vivid detail an unprecedented portrait of the broken bureaucracy of the American city. For its fifth and final season, Simon and his collaborators (including authors Richard Price, Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos) added a new dynamic to its multifaceted narrative: the editors and reporters of The Baltimore Sun – and asked what responsibility the news media has to its community. It was television with depth, scope and purpose, and the show ended with the same uncompromising integrity with which it began: Some characters escape and some succumb, but the system endures. – Sean Axmaker
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