Explain The Wire to me. I want to start it up because I've heard incredible things about it, but at $55 for Season One, I want to know what I'm getting into before I drop that kind of cash.
The Wire is the most brilliant show I have ever seen. It follows the drug trade throughout the city of Baltimore from multiple perspectives. Each season has its own theme (1 = the drug game generally, 2 = blue collar workers, 3 = politics, 4 = schools, 5 = media), and it is presented from multiple perspectives. You see how each subculture interacts withing Baltimore and the CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT is just unreal. Its a show in which you really cannot understand the genius until you get at least through a good majority of the first season, but it all of a sudden just hits you. Once you do come to this realization of how deep and intricate the show becomes, it just continues to get smarter as you watch throughout the seasons. The show uses a lot of social analogies, and it also demonstrates how intertwined and corrupt everything is in reality.
If you have the power to get through the first season, you will not regret it (season 1 might even be the best, although Season 4 might be my favorite, and 5 is shaping up incredibly as well).