I just finished watching the entire series, The Wire, this evening. Yes, I know I am behind. When the show first aired on HBO in 2002, I had a hard time following the storyline and felt the plot was too slow. Fast forward to the present day and here I am glued to my HBO Go every day, concerned about the characters and outcome. This evening I wrapped up the series with Episodes 9 and 10 of Season 5. My overall verdict: this was a well-written, beautiful, honest, realistic and bitter-sweet scripted program.
With all due respect to those who enjoy "reality t.v.", I am over it. These shows feature people I do not really care about. Individuals who I would not want to hang around in real life, acting under the guise of "reality". When in fact they are usually goaded by producers looking for something interesting in an uninteresting situation. I enjoyed The Wire. Just like I enjoy Mad Men, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and others. I love to see a good story come to life.
Whenever I see some 5-bundle-weave-wearing, red-bottom-Louboutin-sporting, false eyelash having, beat-face on a Tuesday afternoon "woman" cursing someone out or having lunch on a patio, revealing secrets that lead to commercial breaks, I find myself absolutely bored, sometimes intrigued, but in the end, always bored. I have no interest. As a writer, I marvel at and get easily sucked in by good writers. I want a story that stays with me, that gets me pumped and excited. A script that has me quoting fictional characters on Facebook, or looking for someone whom I can talk to about what I just saw. I want a show with a good storyline and believable characters portrayed by flawless actors. I know reality t.v. is cheaper, but can we bring back more good scripted programs?