If you have only one hour a week for television, give it to "The Wire."
Even if you think you don't have time for television, find an hour a week to watch... "The Wire" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO). It's a masterpiece.
Novelistic in its scope and uncannily precise in its details, this exceptional season of "The Wire" depicts many interlocking layers of Baltimore society, from the politicians and developers who control the city's future to the boys and cops who fight daily battles on the street corners over whether some form of law and order will prevail.
-Review excerpt from The Chicago Tribune, "Hooked by 'The Wire,'" by Maureen Ryan