Parents' Guide to

We Own This City

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent police drama retreads The Wire's waters.

TV Max Drama 2022
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If the worst thing we could say about this show is that it's like another season of The Wire, that's not too bad. We Own This City claims to show a more recent Baltimore, but the series seems more like a retread of the themes covered in The Wire than something wholly original. Of course, there will be immediate comparisons to The Wire since David Simon is the creator and executive producer of both series. And perhaps, the fact that We Own This City is so similar to its predecessor is an indictment of Baltimore itself--suggesting that the city hasn't changed enough since The Wire's 2008 finale.

Regardless, We Own This City doesn't differentiate itself enough from The Wire to make it feel like appointment viewing, but it does have The Wire's nuanced, journalistic-style writing, humanistic portrayals of characters (especially its Black characters on both sides of the "thin blue line"), and an urge to showcase Baltimore as a city struggling to embrace is positives and find itself. Fans of The Wire should find plenty to appreciate in We Own This City, as long as they aren't seeking something wholly new.

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