I'm only on the second season of The Wire, but David Simon is looking like a genius. The actors in this series are aren't the normal Hollywood contenders--they're gritty and real, and one risk of seeing these characters for six seasons in one role means they will be typecast with the crime genre far more than other actors, limiting their overall exposure.
The Wire's first season seemed long. I know now that Mr. Simon was developing his characters for upcoming seasons, and the first season was like the first 50 pages of a good 400 page book--somewhat tedious, but necessary. The second season was flawless. It deals with the ports and the shipping unions, which we do not normally see or hear from, but are vital hubs of activity nonetheless. One of the best-developed characters, Frank Sobotka, says something poignant about the state of our economy:
"You know what the trouble is? We used to make sh*t in this country, build sh*t. Now we just put our hand in the next guy's pocket."
It's exactly what Warren Buffett is saying about the U.S. economy and the American trade deficit, but it hits home a little harder coming from a non-billionaire.