The Wire has been called the greatest television show ever made. What makes the show so interesting is not only its complexity and intelligence, but also the fact that it constitutes a sustained indictment of a variety of contemporary American institutions, including public education, the police force, and the government (at the federal, state, and municipal levels). In this class, students will watch all five seasons of The Wire. A warning: The Wire is not for the faint of heart. It contains graphic violence, male and female nudity, and copious profanity.