Unpopular opinion: The Wire was better than The Sopranos.  

Without The Sopranos, which aired in 1999, other TV greats like The Wire that aired in 2002 and Breaking Bad that aired in 2008 wouldn’t have come along.

However, The Wire showed us the world of police and crime in a way we haven’t seen before.

When President Barrack Obama sat down with The Wire co-writer of David Simon, he called the show “one of the greatest – not just television shows – but pieces of art in the last couple of decades”.

The writing of The Sopranos was ground breaking, showcasing the real life of the Mafia, but The Wire, which used Baltimore as a backdrop to expose corruption within the police force and the war on drugs,opened people’s eyes to the different systems in America.

Because The Wire was written by a former police officer and former journalist, who lived and worked in Baltimore, the story feels more real than The Sopranos could ever be.

Both The Sopranos and The Wire are two of TV’s greatest, but The Wire is better.

By Elinor Andrews