The Wire is probably one of the most interesting, engaging and realistic Tv series ever made, spanning over 5 series tackling some of Baltimore's toughest problems from crime, muder and drugs to the city government and school system.
"It is really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how whether you're a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you've committed to."
It is a frighteningly honest and very detailed account of a city that has been littered with gang culture for years, written by an ex police reporter about the first hand experience of his friend a former homicide detective. The series infamously casted certain heralds of the Baltimore scene to play small roles regardless of having no acting experience.
The clip above is one of my favorite scenes from the first series where D'Angelo Barksdale is explaining the rules of chess to two fellow drug pushers, finding the only way to truly explain it is to directly compare it to the hierarchy in the drug system they are involved in.