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Why you should tap into 'The Wire' before the series taps out

In its final season, the HBO drama continues to make viewers work, delivering honesty and strong acting, but no happy endings

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / January 6, 2008

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Since it premiered on HBO in 2002, "The Wire" has often been likened to Charles Dickens's fiction, even by the show's creator, David Simon. And, with a vast cast sprawling across economic levels, a damning view of Baltimore's institutions, and intertwining serial plot lines, "The Wire" certainly is Dickensian. (Full article: 1473 words)

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