Known for its gritty portrayal of life in Baltimore on both sides of the law, HBO’s The Wire (available to stream anytime on HBO Now) was great at telling complex, compelling stories. Given that the show had such a massive cast, plotlines that were planned out in intricate detail, and the creative vigor of showrunner David Simon, there were plenty of interesting things going on behind the scenes, as well. Here’s a look at some of the fascinating facts behind one of TV’s most highly-acclaimed shows.
Sometimes It Was A Little Too Real
One of the most celebrated aspects of The Wire was how it strived for realism. In some cases, this realism was a little too close for comfort, and the Baltimore Police Department actually requested that Simon and company adjust the show’s story so as to not reflect certain vulnerabilities they had, particularly in regards to their ability to monitor cell-phone technology, as well as Nextel devices. Simon and co-creator Ed Burns were happy to comply. As the The Baltimore Sun reported, Burns told the The Wire writers that “to highlight this vulnerability in our drama would have irresponsibly driven the communications of every criminal conspiracy into an impenetrable hole.”