Parents' Guide to

The Wire

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Realistic drama about urban crime is not for kids.

TV BET , HBO , Syndicated Drama 2002
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+

A masterpiece but definitely not for children.

I think this is possibly the best show ever created for TV or film. It is incredibly real depiction of the industrial decay that effects many manufacturing cities and serves as an excellent metaphor for the class inequities in our country. However, I would not recommend it for children under 16. If your 16 year old or teen has a high level of sophistication then it would provide a great learning opportunity and discussion material about drugs, crime, and poverty. My son is 10 and I am looking forward to having such a discussion when he is older.
age 17+

Realistic Crime drama has a LOT of offensive strong language & some sexual content

The Wire is not only a crime drama, but also a regular drama that subtly talks about racism, drugs, the poor community, family, and the police department. It has a LOT of foul, offensive language, some violence, and sexual content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (9 ):

While The Wire takes a much-needed critical look at the social problems and institutional ineffectiveness of urban America, it fails to offer gratifying solutions to those problems. But in many ways that's actually the strength of this unflinchingly violent, realistic show; its straightforward, uncomfortable portrayal of America's urban crisis makes the issues facing urban America difficult to forget.

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