tombombodil wrote:That's a solid list, but no The Wire?
only seen the first episode and i wasnt interested in it at the time. probably should revist
i was thinking what my next 5 series would be to make a top 10 and its pretty hard after those 5.
I think Oz would be up there and probably futurama.. Westworld is a current favorite but after only 2 seasons i'm not sure how it will hold up over time. I never really got into Lost, but I did enjoy Fringe.
There aren't many shows I will say this about (The Wire might be the only one in fact), but unless there is something you really actively dislike about it, you gotta give the wire at least 4-5 episodes to see if it clicks. There isn't any big shiny thing
that it's about
. It's a very subtle, slow burn, procedural but not actually procedural, smorgasbord of the stories of the lives of various people living their lives.
The strength is in the themes, the topicality, the accuracy to the real world, the dialog/writing, and the diverse 3-dimensional characters. It's uncompromising, offers no easy feel-goods or easy answers and conversely delivers no unearned or needlessly manipulative gut-punches.
It's a slick, brilliant work of modern fiction and is peerless in it's accomplishments. It took me a few tries to get into it too, but once I did, I don't think I could put another show over it, even if it's not my personal favorite,