Best of 2008 TV

I participated in MSN’s Best of 2008 TV poll this year. The feature begins here. My contribution, besides a list, is an essay on the final season of The Wire.

"The Wire: Season Five" - the newsroom
The newsroom in the final season of "The Wire"

The Wire” (HBO)
For five seasons, David Simon’s “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

Enjoy the rest of MSN’s TV scribes chiming in here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website ( I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View ( I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly,, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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