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The Shield or The Wire?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by gweempose, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. lambertman

    lambertman To see you, Nice

    Dec 20, 2002
    Precisely my choices, at least in terms of drama and likely overall. S/W/BB.

    Sitcoms go Cheers/Seinfeld/MTM.
  2. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    That happened to me. It took me nearly a year to watch the second season. I kept giving up on it. I can't say why without getting into spoilers and won't do that. But for anyone else with the same problem, I strongly recommend that you just keep watching. The second season gets better and the seasons after that are incredible, and they build on things that happened in seasons one and two.
  3. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table
    The Shield
  4. bryhamm

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area
    You might be right on the name, which would make more sense. If it was labeled "pre-pilot" on the dvd, I might have skipped it by figuring out what it was just from the title. With "co-pilot", it could mean many things.

    Regardless, glad I watched it. It was very cool.

    Maybe my coworker simply missed the ep then, because when I was describing it to him he knew he hadn't seen it yet.
  5. max99

    max99 Member

    May 23, 2004
    Co-Pilot was the 9th episode of Season 2 and was a flashback to the first day of the Barn.
  6. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Someday when I'm retired I'm going to give the Wire another shot. I just don't have time for it now.

    I watched the first episode a couple of years ago and although I could see the quality, I just didn't care for the world they were showing. It was so dreary. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood at the time.
  7. Supfreak26

    Supfreak26 Go Cowboys!

    Dec 12, 2003
    McKinney, TX
    I'm finishing up the 2nd season of The Wire tonight and I also feel it was a tough one to watch. It's definitely gained momentum in the last few eps. IMO, you really have to stick with this show. The journey is slow but you grow to appreciate that as you get deeper into the story.

    Love The Shield. You can't really compare the two shows. Both are amazing in their own way.
  8. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    Both are great shows. I'd highly recommend they be on anyone's must see list. The Shield is by far the best show Michael Chiklis has ever done. The first season of The Wire is a bit slow, but picks up later on. The later seasons were progressively better.

    I'd also highly recommend "Homicide: Life on the Street." It's also set in Baltimore like The Wire and was a groundbreaking show of its time. In fact, PBS ran a special about it called the best show on TV that nobody was watching.
  9. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    I keep trying to get my wife to watch The Wire and she says it's too depressing and she can't understand what anyone is saying. That's what I say to her about Downton Abbey.
  10. bryhamm

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area
    So it was part of the "regularly scheduled eps". I'll have to tell my coworker that he must have just missed it.
  11. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    Depends... for ME, The Shield was just too cruel and I ended up deleting the SP. Some of the things that happened to people were so dark and disturbing that they literally haunted me for days afterward. Probably because in my mind, I knew that there are actually people in the World that would do things like that... :eek:

    So The Shield is not for the faint of heart. The Wire was pretty good but there's an unnecessary amount of foul language in it. Every character talks like Dexter's sister in that show. Personally, if I had to pick, I'd probably go The Shield, but beware.... there's some sick ass psychos in that show. ;)

    ETA: boy I sound like prude... :D
  12. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Funny that you mention Dexter. I watch(ed) The Shield, The Wire, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones...but I couldn't handle Dexter. Partly because I didn't think it was a "good" show (I just didn't like it that much) but also something about the killing and the gore bothered me. Though I've probably seen worse on the other shows I watch.
  13. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

    Dec 1, 2000
    Silicon Valley
    The first two seasons which were based on the Novels were the best, but overall it's been pretty good. They are wrapping the series this year and I think it's a wise decision. ;)
  14. fmowry

    fmowry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    There was a realistic amount of foul language in the Wire for urban Baltimore, blue collar dock worker Baltimore, and BCPD Baltimore.

    So you didn't like either, didn't finish one (at least) and you're giving recommendations? :confused:
  15. mr.unnatural

    mr.unnatural Active Member

    Feb 2, 2006
    And yet you're from Baltimore with a Pittsburgh helmet as your avatar. :rolleyes:

    Go Ravens!
  16. Fahtrim

    Fahtrim Member

    Apr 12, 2004
    The Wire, I still see as best show ever.
    The Shield, great entertaining show.
    Homicide Life on the Streets, watch it before you watch the wire, it warms you up to the style and is also an awesome show in and of itself. Andre Braugher in "the box" created some of the best scenes EVER in cop shows.
  17. goblue97

    goblue97 Welcome Home, Jimmy!

    May 12, 2005
    He may not be from Baltimore......just currently in Baltimore.

    Go LIONS.
  18. InterMurph

    InterMurph Member

    May 22, 2003
    Gloucester, MA
    I only watched one episode of The Shield, so I can't comment on it.

    But The Wire is the single greatest achievement in the history of TV. So at some point, you owe it to yourself to watch it. I would recommend starting today, or tomorrow at the latest.
  19. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004

    How can you say that if you haven't watched The Shield - maybe it is the single greatest achievement :D
  20. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I thought the fourth season of The Wire - the season of the school kids - was the most perfect thing I've ever seen on tv.

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