The Wire is an American television drama series set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland.
Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. They are, in order: the illegal drug trade, the port system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media.
Despite never seeing a large commercial success or winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest television series ever made.
The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes.