Thursday, March 6, 2008

Who's No. 1 when "The Wire" ends? The top dramatic slot is about to be vacant.

So I started my power rankings for the top dramas over at The Bastard Machine.

The Top 5 are up. It took my mind off "The Wire" leaving. I was going to watch the finale today, then decided to pass. Maybe tonight. The show was a gift to TV criticism. It's not like I'm dying to watch the very last one.

15 comments:

Brian said...

I have a copy sitting on my drive right now, taunting me. Do I give in, or wait to watch it Sunday at 6?

sueinsf said...

Brian - hold out man, you can do it! I've been watching the coming week's episodes early (on demand), and it gets kinda...isolating? No Tim G decons, no comments from the TGTV gang. Just me, sitting there knowing Omar's dead for almost a whole week before I can say a damn word. Sheeeeeeit, if I had more will power I'd wait to watch with everyone else. Good thing HBO took away the choice for the finale.

Anonymous said...

#1 on my list is Lost, with a dogfight in the top 5 between The Shield, Dexter, Brotherhood and Friday Night Lights

Lysa said...

Definitely wait - there's also something about being part of a community of people out there who GET IT. It's totally changed my perspective on a couple of acquaintances (and our relationships, believe it or not!).

Does Friday Night Lights count? I'd put that in my top 5 if it counts, along with Mad Men and Lost. I guess I need to get Showtime. I will admit that Jericho is a guilty pleasure, but I don't try to pretend it's great TV or anything.

Pinkhamster said...

My top 5:

1) Question Boy: The Shorty Robe Chronicles
2) Cougar Manor
3) Al Gore's Lady Eco-Detectives
4) Tales of Timmy Two-Blogs
5) Bong Hit Days and Pinoy Nights

industriousboy said...

Dexter, definitely #1. Californication would be on my short list also. The Shield and Lost are no brainers. Battlestar Galactica would round me out just nicely.

On a Wire note, if y'all aren't aware of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, she interviewed David Simon on yesterday's show and it was brilliant. That guy has balmer in his blood, greek tragedy in his heart, and story telling in his soul.

I will miss The Wire more than any novel I have ever put down and certainly more than any tv show ever ended.

novelera said...

Industriousboy: Yes, the interview with Simon by Terry Gross was great! I'd read so much lately about Simon being an angry man, but he came across as very warm, very intelligent. Loved the comparisons with Greek tragedy. And his comments about casting decisions and what at least one of the real characters thought about the actor playing him were so fun.

blinky said...

What are the principles doing next? Simon and the writers must be going on to something.

ppage said...

So glad On Demand didn't offer the Wire's series finale a week early. Tomorrow feels like it's Super Bowl Sunday. Except the difference here is I don't want a huge party. No one can bother me while I watch the show. I want to absorb every last detail like a fine wine.

Thanks again, Tim, for encouraging all of us to watch this unique show.

David Bassin said...

Watched the finale this evening.....very satisfying. I will miss this show big time.

ferrethead said...

I have this horrible dread of watching tonight. Sort of like, 'if I don't watch, it won't end'. Pathetic, but it's not just the sadness of the end of one of the great literary feats of the 21st Century (I know it's early, but come on, in the end it will be a VERY SHORT list). It's also that I'm afraid of what's going to happen to so many beloved characters. I think that Bubs might be safe, but with The Wire, all bets are off for everybody else. As Simon said in one of the commentary tracks, "There are no happy endings on The Wire"...

suzyq2 said...

ferrethead, I had the same thought. If I don't watch it can't be over. But I will watch. Oh, if only to have those three missing episodes. Damn you HBO! A pox on your house! I watched ep 9 again last night and damn if I didn't cry at the end again. I'll have the kleenex handy.

Bo said...

1. Battlestar Galatica
2. The Shield
3. L&O:CI
4. Criminal Minds (uneven, but sometimes good)
...and there is no number 5. Which says something about the state of drama on television.

Watch some old episodes of Hill Street Blues, and you realize how far tv drama has *not* come in the last two decades.

Anonymous said...

Dukie, no...

Molly said...

Deadwood.

Oh that's right, no Deadwood anymore either.

#1 goes to Battlestar Galactica or The Shield