Acclaimed HBO series THE WIRE centers on the drug culture of inner-city Baltimore. The series' storyline unfolds from the viewpoints of both the criminals lording the streets and the police officers determined to bring them down. In the show's fourth season, which is included here in its entirety, four new characters--Dukie Weems, Randy Wagstaff, Michael Lee, and Namond Brice--are introduced to the gritty television drama. The plot in the fourth season mostly focuses on the eighth graders who try to survive the drug-laden streets of West Baltimore as the city's mayoral race enters its final stages. Clarence Royce, the black candidate, has a colossal lead over white councilman Tommy Carcetti, while Marlo Stanfield continues his ascension as Baltimore's new drug baron.
5 stars out of 5 -- "THE WIRE's epic police drama continues to evolve with a scope, richness, complexity and ambition unrivalled by anything on the small screen." - 04/01/2008 Total Film, p.157
5 stars out of 5 -- "[It's the] microscopic attention to detail, so perfectly executed, that raises it above every other cop show on television." - 04/01/2008 Empire, p.158-159
5 stars out of 5 -- "Watch and learn indeed, this season is rightly an uncomfortable and sometimes tragic education." - 04/01/2008 Ultimate DVD, p.102