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jcg15
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Which is better so I can Netflix it first

11/11/2010 9:28:56 PM

dweedle
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never watched the wire, but dexter is good

11/11/2010 9:29:17 PM

wilso
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The Wire is on a completely different plane.

11/11/2010 9:38:30 PM

GrimReap3r
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^

11/11/2010 9:40:39 PM

aimorris
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I'd put S1 of Dexter up against any season of The Wire but collectively The Wire owns it. Dexter just got tired and the writers kind of ran out of ideas

kind of the same as what happened to 24, there's only so much you can do with those shows but they start off amazing

11/11/2010 9:45:22 PM

HaLo
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the wire

11/11/2010 9:50:49 PM

ThePeter
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Never watched The Wire, but Dexter is amazing. Check it out, its a pretty quick watch, plus only 4 seasons are on DVD. Pretty quick from start and finish.

How many seasons is The Wire? Is it on Instant Watch? I might look into it

11/11/2010 10:38:42 PM

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The wire runs circles around Dexter. The first season of Dexter was a great show, but the last few seasons have gone a little overboard. The Wire is by far my favorite HBO show, with Sopranos being a close second.

11/11/2010 10:50:34 PM

dubcaps
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The Wire.

I'm a huge Dexter fan, but IMO it's not even close.

it is NOT on netflix instant.

11/11/2010 11:05:57 PM

Noen
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Agree Wire > Dexter.

But Dexter seasons 1-2 are on instant watch so. Queue up the wire, and watch dexter on the days between discs

11/11/2010 11:12:11 PM

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"I'd put S1 of Dexter up against any season of The Wire"


Really? Even S4?

11/11/2010 11:18:32 PM

skokiaan
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The Wire is on a completely different plane.

11/11/2010 11:22:33 PM

GrimReap3r
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"The wire runs circles around Dexter. The first season of Dexter was a great show, but the last few seasons have gone a little overboard. The Wire The Sopranos is by far my favorite HBO show, with Sopranos The Wire being a close second.
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11/11/2010 11:22:36 PM

KeB
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The Wire is on a completely different plain.

11/11/2010 11:27:59 PM

aimorris
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Yeah, I think S1 of Dexter is awesome. I'm not saying it's better than any season of The Wire but it's definitely up there if we're only comparing standalone seasons. The beauty of The Wire is seeing all the characters progress throughout the series and while each season is good on its own, its collective and consistent high level is what makes it so good.

Since The Wire isn't on instant watch, you should watch Dexter on there, and get The Wire discs at the same time.

And I know it's blasphemy to rank a show over The Wire but I think I enjoyed Deadwood more. I love that show.

[Edited on November 11, 2010 at 11:32 PM. Reason : Deadwood]

11/11/2010 11:29:51 PM

Rat Soup
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The wire because they probably say shit bird more than on dexter. Also it makes every drama in the history of television look like family guy in comparison

[Edited on November 12, 2010 at 8:26 AM. Reason : .]

11/12/2010 8:25:25 AM

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To be honest...you should really just watch them both. Though if you want to watch the whole series obviously go with The Wire...you'll catch up w/Dexter alot faster and be pissed you have to wait for more

11/12/2010 8:49:22 AM

BigT716
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the wire

11/12/2010 9:10:23 AM

EuroTitToss
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The Wire is on a plane.

11/12/2010 9:12:52 AM

Biofreak70
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The wire... watch all 5 seasons and be done with it, and then move onto dexter

11/12/2010 9:46:39 AM

jwb9984
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to me, the clear winner is night court to me

11/12/2010 9:53:28 AM

dillydaliant
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"The wire, it makes every drama in the history of television look like family guy in comparison"

11/12/2010 3:51:02 PM

armorfrsleep
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Not really related to this debate but related to The Wire:
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"Honestly, we’ve been sort of worried for Dominic West, whose career post-The Wire thus far has included supporting roles in Punisher: War Zone and a Johnny English sequel—sort of the actor’s equivalent of getting busted down to the harbor patrol. But now it seems West may have discovered the shipping container full of Eastern European prostitutes that could be his ticket back into the big leagues: a starring role on the BBC drama The Hour, which is being described as the “British equivalent to Mad Men.” The “suave and sexy” six-part series evokes the same retro-cool with its 1956 setting, taking place behind the scenes of a popular news show as three journalists become involved in a murder mystery while dealing with their equally complicated love triangle and the shifting gender politics that marked the decade. A Mad Men-esque British period piece starring one of the guys from The Wire? When will they release this thing so we can start slobbering all over it? Seriously, though, it sounds good."

http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-wires-dominic-west-to-star-in-mad-menesque-bri,47626/
I thought that was pretty funny and this show looks intriguing.

[Edited on November 12, 2010 at 3:53 PM. Reason : I <3 AV Club]

11/12/2010 3:52:49 PM

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The Wire....By far one of the best TV series ever...

Granted season 2 was the weakest (still good though), but after S2 it's very hard not to watch 3-5 episodes in a row a day to finish the series...

Be careful if you live in wolf creek and download it (downloaded it in 2007), HBO will send you a letter..

[Edited on November 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM. Reason : HBO]

[Edited on November 12, 2010 at 3:58 PM. Reason : HBO]

11/12/2010 3:55:01 PM

armorfrsleep
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"Granted season 2 was the weakest"


I love season 2 and it's expanded scope with the docks and the Greek/Prop Joe, I thought the last season was the weakest (it felt like David Simon's personal vendetta against The Baltimore Sun and the McNulty serial killer storyline was out of control)...but a weak season of The Wire is still fucking gold.

11/12/2010 3:59:52 PM

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Did one of the writers of Dexter investigate serial killers for 30 years in the city its set in? Did the other writer write for that city's newspaper for 30 years?

11/12/2010 4:07:03 PM

tschudi
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The Wire is a million times better

the first season of Dexter is the only really good one

11/12/2010 4:09:03 PM

eleusis
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Season 2 got a lot of undeserved criticism. People fell in love with the dope dealer / crime nature of the first season and assumed the show was about inner city grinding, when the show was about the city of Baltimore itself. By season 3, the concept of the show became more apparent to people and they began to fall in love with it again. Going back, I though season 2 did more to develop the show and make it so great. Without season 2 providing the character development and insight into the intricate global organized crime that occurs in a major port city, the rest of the show wouldn't have been as good.

11/12/2010 4:12:06 PM

armorfrsleep
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"Did one of the writers of Dexter investigate serial killers for 30 years in the city its set in? Did the other writer write for that city's newspaper for 30 years?"


I see what you're getting at but David Simon did not write for The Baltimore Sun for 30 years, it might have been half of that.

11/12/2010 4:19:42 PM

TreeTwista10
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i thought he at least worked in the newspaper industry in Baltimore for 30+ years

but i may be wrong

11/12/2010 4:30:10 PM

armorfrsleep
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It was 13 years per Wikipedia, but your point about the writers of The Wire actually living the shit they write about is a valid one all the same.

11/12/2010 4:32:10 PM

dubcaps
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i thought season 5 was the weakest only because i didn't care about scott/the newspaper.

11/12/2010 4:52:55 PM

ActionPants
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The Wire is the best

No matter what it's up against

11/12/2010 5:14:50 PM

sarijoul
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the wire by a mile. and i watch dexter (but honestly the last couple seasons have been pretty downhill).

and i think this might be the most agreement i've ever seen in a tww entertainment thread.

[Edited on November 12, 2010 at 5:34 PM. Reason : how many serial killers can one town have? ? ?]

11/12/2010 5:33:48 PM

ndmetcal
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Dexter isn't even the best show on Showtime (Californication)

11/12/2010 5:35:33 PM

sarijoul
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i actually prefer weeds. but i need to catch up on californication.

11/12/2010 5:42:26 PM

pryderi
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The Wire

10/26/2011 11:36:20 PM

ActionPants
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I don't like Dexter but I love The Wire so your answer should be obvious

[Edited on October 26, 2011 at 11:51 PM. Reason : lol I already posted in this crap WHAT THE HELL]

10/26/2011 11:51:05 PM

DalesDeadBug
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The Wire, hands down

10/26/2011 11:52:44 PM

screentest
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Michael Jordon vs Rolando Blackman

10/26/2011 11:53:26 PM

ndmetcal
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Dexter isn't even the best show on Showtime

10/26/2011 11:57:09 PM

simonn
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why did this get bumped a year later?

10/27/2011 12:33:50 AM

MiGZ
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Boy Meets World > The Wire

10/27/2011 1:05:18 AM

stevedude
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the wire will take off

10/27/2011 1:58:20 AM

jbrick83
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The John Lithgow season of Dexter (Season 4 I think)...was my favorite TV Show season ever. Still haven't watched any of The Wire.

10/27/2011 6:41:55 AM

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is this even a debate? i should lock this thread for the sheer lunacy of the question

10/27/2011 8:24:11 AM

Krallum
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Dexter is a shitty formulaic show. Its totally predictable and the backstory is so unrealistic its not even funny.

I'm Krallum and I approved this message

10/27/2011 8:25:41 AM

FanatiK
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I'm a big fan of Dexter, but there's really no contest here...

10/27/2011 12:23:45 PM

armorfrsleep
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"The John Lithgow season of Dexter (Season 4 I think)...was my favorite TV Show season ever. Still haven't watched any of The Wire."


Perhaps the most facepalm-worthy post in a thread full of them.

10/27/2011 12:32:17 PM

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whatever dude. that was a GREAT season.

10/27/2011 1:01:03 PM

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