We're a bit biased, but the staff at EW are clearly geniuses.
In the magazine's latest issue, out Friday, the writers and editors have named Baltimore-set social tapestry "The Wire" as the No. 1 TV show. Of all time.
Here's what they had to say:
"The most sustained narrative in television history, The Wire used the drug trade in Baltimore, heavily researched by creator David Simon, to tell tales of race and class with unprecedented complexity. Politics, the war on drugs, labor unions, public education, the media — these were among the big themes, all examined through exquisitely drawn characters, such as the brilliant yet broken detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) and the great avenging thug Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), who will live on in legend."
We agree with every word. And in case you're wondering, here's the rest of their top 5.
2. "The Simpsons"
4. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
5. "The Sopranos."
Omar, Bunk and McNulty are in very good company.
The July 5 issue also covers the all-time greatest movies (No. 1: "Citizen Kane"), albums ("Revolver" is No. 1), novels ("Anna Karenina" was tops) and plays (congrats, "Death of a Salesman").
Now if only there was a "Wire" movie and play adaptation.