At this point, everyone involved in the water-cooler conversation about our binge-watching television cycle is well aware that The Wire is a critically acclaimed show worth checking off the must-watch list.
Whether they’ve studied all five seasons or heard the rumblings, most know HBO’s brave street drama from the 2000s put a spotlight on the brutal realities facing our inner cities in an honest way that earned appreciation from die-hard fans and critics alike.
In an oversaturated era where shows are routinely brought back after an extended hiatus or years after being initially cancelled, it’s somewhat surprising David Simon’s most notable series hasn’t returned to the small screen. Beyond the obvious demand, extending the storyline would be easy. So, what’s stopping HBO from giving fans their fix?
Aside from Simon being stubborn and saying he’d do a sixth season when the US Justice Department stopped their war on drugs —i.e. never— there’s nothing really preventing The Wire from making a glorious return. Since a show can’t really return without its writer and creator, here are five key reasons Simon should strongly consider getting McNulty and the gang get back together for another go. (Obvious spoilers ahead, obviously.)
It Would Give The Show A Chance To Rebound From Season Five
Most agree The Wire didn’t end on the strongest note. For all the bickering over the relevancy of season two at the docks, the ridiculous nature of McNulty’s drunken escapades from the show’s final season somehow get a pass. Considering his final storyline was one of the few unbelievable progressions in the whole series, there’s surely a desire from all parties to make right. After all, the guy kidnapped a bum and was using fake serial killer voices. C’mon now.
It Has More Fans Than Ever
Although The Wire originally had poor ratings during its six-year tenure on HBO, the show’s audience has grown significantly since going off the air, securing a fanbase among those in various walks of life. Whether people watched during the initial run or binge-watched all 60 episodes off their friend’s HBO Go account, those followers are dying for more. From a business standpoint, production of at least one or two more seasons would surely be worthwhile.