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The Shield or The Wire?

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

  1. Timbeau

    Timbeau Active Member

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    It's funny to hear you say that about Chiklis, when I first watched the Shield I had only seen him in The Commish and it took me quite a few episodes to get that out of my head.
     
  2. SocratesJohnson

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    The final season of The Shield was the most tense and suspenseful television viewing I have ever experienced. Before there was Walter White, Vick Mackey was the original "Why the hell am I rooting for this guy?" guy.
    That being said, you can't go wrong choosing either one.
     
  3. JLucPicard

    JLucPicard Active Member TCF Club

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    In my opinion, The Wire was gripping and very well executed TV and, like many others, rank it right up there with the best that's ever been on TV.

    That being said, I was much more a fan of The Shield and found it to be much more 'entertaining' TV. And I have to give a nod to Timbeau, my prior exposure to Chiklis was strictly from The Commish - took a wee bit of getting used to, but he made me forget that role rather quickly and he 'became' Vic Mackey.
     
  4. GoPackGo

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    When Chiklis originally auditioned for the role, all the producers knew him from was as the aging, shlubby Commish too. :)
     
  5. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    The Wire.

    I haven't as yet caught back up with The Shield.
     
  6. kimsan

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    The Wire wins for me. Large ensemble where nearly everyone has a story and depth of character. It's as much about the life of a city as the people in it. Not just the cops vs dealers story of the first season.

    The Shield has the smaller enseble, but centers on them. Definitely more action for the primaries!

    Both worthy choices. As noted by others, Homicide: Life on the Street is another winner though a bit more procedural. Great "intro" to Baltimore and The Wire :)

    No bad choices there :D
     
  7. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    Chikis was also John Belushi in Wired which got him blackballed.

    He did a great job as Jerry/Curley Howard in the 2000 The Three Stooges.
     
  8. bengalfreak

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    I also forgot. You should watch The Wire, for no other reason, than seeing a young Callie Thorne topless.
     
  9. bareyb

    bareyb Under Maintenance TCF Club

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    Or you could just google it.
     
  10. gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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  11. frombhto323

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    The Wire. All the accolades are spot on. The Shield was also great, but it was a 4 or 5-time All Star performer compared to The Wire being a no-doubt-about-it 1st ballot HOF and on the very short list for greatest player ever. The thing about The Wire that made it so compelling for me is that it immerses the viewer into a subset of society that most viewers would not otherwise experience, much less inhabit.
     
  12. gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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    I'm now done with Season 2 of The Shield, and still very much enjoying it.
     
  13. gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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    I just watched the last episode of Season 5 of The Shield ...

    Holy crap! My heart is still racing. The scene where Shane kills Lem was really hard to watch. Just heartbreaking stuff. Out of all the Strike Team guys, Lem was easily the most likable. I'm still in utter disbelief that they killed him off.
    What a great show! I can't wait to see what happens in the last two seasons.
     
  14. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    Your spoiler is for The Shield but I assumed it would be for The Wire based on your post immediately before it.
     
  15. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

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    Yeah, that would have been good to know. :(
     
  16. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    I almost clicked it too, but then noticed the "last two seasons" comment; the Wire only had 5 seasons. Still it would be best to be very clear about what show you're spoiling when there are more than one in the subject.
     
  17. gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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    My sincere apologies, guys. I had accidentally typed "The Wire" in the first post, when I meant to type "The Shield". I haven't actually watched any of The Wire yet. Since nobody had commented since my last post, I mistakenly thought my second post was an extension of the first. I went back and edited both of my posts to avoid any future confusion. Once again, I'm very sorry if this spoiled anything for anyone.
     
  18. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    No problem, at least from me. Spoilers don't bother me much. Plus, I can't remember worth a crap, anyway.
     
  19. DavidJL

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    Amazing show, one of my favorites, some very powerful moments.
     
  20. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

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    By the time I ever get to watch "The Shield" I'll have forgotten the spoiler so... no worries here :p
     

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