Recently, Entertainment Weekly (EW) named HBO’s The Wire as the ‘All-Time Greatest TV Show” in its list of the 100 best TV series. The drama series focused around major sociopolitical events in the Baltimore, Maryland area and the impact on cops, drug dealers and politicians.
The show beat out celebrated TV series including The Simpsons, The Sopranos, Seinfeld & the Mary Tyler Moore Show for the top spot.
“I promise you, no list in the history of lists has been constructed with more care, more smarts and more enthusiasm for pop culture.” EW’s editor Jess Cagle said. “All of our debate and disagreement served to remind us of the amazing artistry now available in so many ways and on so many platforms, just waiting there to entertain us, enlighten us, inspire us and change our lives.”
EW was able to track down two former cast members Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. and Chad Coleman to share this news with them.
“I knew when we were shooting the show, just reading it, when I read the first episode, I knew this is big. It’s different, it’s huge, it’s never been done.” said Gilliard.
“I just felt like I had to be on it. When I read the pilot, I thought, ‘I need to book this part. I need to get on this show.’” Gilliard was only on for two seasons as drug dealer D’Angelo Barksdale, the current Walking Dead actor stated that the show’s legacy will have an impact on the television world.
“In 20 years from now, The Wire is going to be the show that they will say was the best show on television that nobody watched.’” Gilliard said. “I was prophetic! I knew it was a big deal when we were doing it, and it was just a shame that people didn’t watch it when it was on. But everyone is catching up now, and it’s a big hit.”
Coleman added that The Wire was able to let him play a redeemed character who helped kids escape the violence of the fictional Baltimore streets. “To be able to represent African-American males, many who fight that battle and don’t make it to the other side,” Coleman said. “To be able to come on to the right side of the track and be able to help the community, that was huge. It was huge.”