The first season of The Wire began 20 years ago this month. It remains one of this century’s great television shows — both stylish and smart, with unforgettable characters woven into a striking portrait of the depredations of capitalism in one US city.
Sheamus Sweeney is a recovering academic who completed a PhD on the representation of Baltimore in the work of David Simon.
A decade ago, The Wire series finale aired. The show was a Marxist’s idea of what TV drama should be.