The Wire: Season 2 (HBO, 2003)

While a bit repetitive, Season 2 takes the brilliant formula of Season 1 and churns out some new angles of criminal activity down at the Baltimore Port with similar procedural brush strokes. But as the overarching story moves forward, The Wire provides increasing amounts of tension while most major characters begin to develop beyond their surface archetypes. The addition of the highly underrated Amy Ryan is a masterstoke as well. One of television’s finest.

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