You lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky bastards.
Here in the US, if we wanted to see The Wire we either had to pony up for HBO or buy the DVDs.
And you guys are getting it for free. And you get to start from the beginning. And some of you get to watch it for the first time.
Okay, I own the DVD set of the whole thing. And I've watched it 3 times in the 6 months I've owned them...yes, all 60 episodes 3 times...and...oh...Stringer Bell, Brodie, Omar, Bunk, Lester Freamon, Bubbles, Kima, D'Angelo, and Snoop, ...and...and...
And, oh, I cannot talk about The Wire without posting a my favorite scene from the series (it's from Season 1). I loved it when I first saw it, but after having watched the whole series (3 times!), this scene is layered with so much meaning that it kills me dead.
It's the classic: D'Angelo teaches Bodie and Wallace how to play chess using the fearsome Barksdale drug organization as a common frame of reference:
Still not sold? How about this?
Stephen King said the most terrifying character he'd ever seen came from The Wire.
Right after Omar, Snoop is like my second favorite character. Seriously. She scares the ever-living hell out of me.
Aaaaaand I'll stop now. Really, I'll stop gushing.
Omigawd I'm so excited for you newbies who'll be watching it for the first time...