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Old 12-22-08, 12:19 PM   #1
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The Wire

One of my sons-in-law lent me the DVDs of the first season of The Wire. He, and a lot of other people, seem to think it is (or was) one of the best shows ever on TV.

Let me ask those of you who have watched the show: Do people really talk like that? I mean, every third word is the F-bomb. Even what passes for the good guys in the show use it constantly.

I'm 58 years old and have never heard anyone, even in the projects, talk like that.

I will admit that I enjoyed watching the first season. I was cheering for Omar.
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Old 12-22-08, 01:49 PM   #2
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It adds some grittiness to the show, but it's not overly exaggerated.
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Old 12-22-08, 01:51 PM   #3
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I agree with your son-in-law. "The Wire" was the greatest show on TV ever. Check out "Homicide--Life on the Street" too. Same writers, just about as good of a show, especially the later seasons.
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Old 12-22-08, 02:02 PM   #4
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Yes people talk like that, come to my "ghetto" (I use quotations because there are people of many different demographics that use this kind of language) and it seems that the language will shock you. I work in one of the "ghettos", really two but the second one is over-looked because it's white, and the language tends to be very colorful, makes me laugh majority of the time.
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I wasn't so much questioning the reality of the language in the projects as I was between the police officers. I've never heard anyone over the age of fourteen use the word to that extent.
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Old 12-22-08, 02:50 PM   #6
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I worked with inner city baltimore kids in the late 70's. The wire, while based in the early 2000's was
as on target as any show I've ever seen. Same issues, same language just some updated
places (i.e. Phillip's crab house), we dealt with Baltimore police and court system and yah, they
did talk like that.
The Wire, the best under rated, under nominated under recognized show on TV.
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Old 12-22-08, 04:08 PM   #7
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The Wire is great. Wait till you get to the one where Snoop goes shopping for a nail gun. The actress who plays Snoop was discovered on the Baltimore streets (like a lot of the actors). She served time for 2nd degree murder as a juvenile and was jailed after filming the Wire for some non-cooperation deal or something.
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The swearing, perhaps. Best tv show ever? Absolutely. Mad men us coming close though.
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Old 12-23-08, 07:45 AM   #9
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I work with a bunch of middle class white guys and every word is the f-bomb. Everyone thinks that I am the uptight, sheltered, conservative prude, but that isn't the case at all--I just don't talk like they do.
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