I was just saying to a colleague that we need to stop blogging so much about The Wire. Don't get me wrong, I lurve The Wire. I watched its entire five-season run in about a week a few years ago and then wouldn't shut up about it for about a month afterwards. But, it has been off the air for four years now, maybe its time we move on?
But that becomes difficult when the show's reputation keeps growing and more and more people keep discovering the Dickensian detail David Simon and his cohorts brought to the show's portrait of Baltimore.
Ironically, the show was never very popular when it was on, but since it ended it's received a steady stream of high-profile notices in the press. The latest comes courtesy of none other than President Obama, who told ESPN's Bill Simmons this week that Omar Little—the gay, shotgun-weilding, ghetto rogue played by Michael K. Williams—has "got to be" the show's best character.
If you've seen the show, it's hard to argue with that assessment. As my coworker, Jess Blumberg, has said: "Omar is magic."
The President did make the important distinction that Omar is not his favorite person, but favorite character. Duly noted.
And thus ends my hypocritical blog about how we blog too much about The Wire.
Bonus video: Omar being awesome. Definitely NSFW!
[Image from The A.V. Club]