In case you haven't been paying attention, Vulture, the excellent on-line counterpart to New York magazine, has been engaging in a little March Madness of its own, having 16 candidates face off in an elimination bracket to be named "The Greatest TV Drama of the Past 25 Years."
For each match-up—say, the opening round showdown between The X-Files and West Wing—a different TV critic judged the merits of the shows and declared a winner that would move on to the next round (in that case, The X-Files).
Well, today the contest got down to the final: A face-off between critical favorites The Sopranos and The Wire. New York television critic Matt Zoller Seitz extensively labored over the merits of each show, before ultimately naming The Wire the greatest drama of the past 25 years!
Baltimore, of course, has a complicated relationship with The Wire, a show that at once vaunted Charm City into the national spotlight, and largely portrayed it as the crime-ridden, corrupt cess pool it only sometimes is. Love the show or hate it, stories like Vulture's are only more evidence that The Wire has an enormous legacy that we will be contending with for some time to come.